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What is Photorejuvenation Laser Treatment?

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Photorejuvenation laser treatment combined with intense pulsed light (IPL) can have powerful skin renewal effects when used on the skin. Originally introduced by Thomas Roberts, III in the 1990s, this technique has become widely used in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions and anomalies, including sun spots, rosacea, and broken blood vessels. Thanks to photorejuvenation and other laser treatments like it, it’s possible to effectively reverse the effects of photoaging by removing visible damage from the skin, while also stimulating collagen production to improve your skin’s appearance.


How Does Treatment Work?


By emitting a series of pulsed light, the laser is able to target the desired treatment areas. Red blood cells and melanin absorb the laser’s light as it passes through the skin, damaging or destroying them until they are virtually invisible. While some people will begin to see improvements in their skin after a single treatment, most need between 3 to 5 visits for maximum results. These treatments are usually administered about a month apart, though their number and frequency varies depending on the severity of your skin damage. The procedure usually takes about an hour, but varies based on how much of the skin needs to be treated.


What Are the Side Effects?


Most patients undergoing photorejuvenation laser treatment react positively, as there is only a small amount of discomfort involved in the procedure. Your initial visit may cause a minor amount of pain, though this quickly subsides with subsequent treatments as your skin clears. Other common side effects resulting from treatment include mild swelling, redness, and bruising, though these are usually only temporary and subside quickly after the procedure.


What Are the Expected Results?


After photorejuvenation laser treatment, you can expect your skin to be virtually free of redness or damage. Depending on how much your skin is exposed to the sun, these results can be expected to last between 6 to 12 months. To encourage the growth of collagen, you should continue receiving treatment at least once a year.


What Should I Do Before Treatment?


Although your physician will give you their own directions to follow before treatment, there are a few things you can do prior to your visit to ensure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. These include:

  • Avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure about two weeks before treatment.
  • To lower the chance of bruising, stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin one week prior to the procedure.
  • Discontinue the use of dermatological medications that might affect your skin several days before your visit, unless medically necessary.

What Happens During the Procedure?


Before undergoing treatment, you’ll be given eye protection to wear for the procedure and a cooling gel will be administered to the affected area. Your physician will guide a handpiece containing the laser over your skin. It’s common to feel a small stinging sensation, as if being pinched. After the treatment is complete, the area is cleaned and moisturized to promote healing and protect it from the sun.


What Post-Procedure Care Do I Need?


After treatment, your skin may appear more red than usual. Generally, this goes away as your skin begins to heal itself, and may take between two to five days to disappear altogether. Rarely, bruising does occur, which may take up to two weeks for your body to remedy. The most important care after your procedure is simply protecting the affected area from further sun exposure, which can be accomplished through the use of sunscreens and clothing such as hats.


Ready to Get Started?


If you’re ready to turn back the clock using photorejuvenation laser treatment, call CORE Medical & Wellness at 888-521-0688 or contact us online to schedule an appointment or learn more information.

Kristin Freda is a skin care specialist with over 13 years of experience. With a passion for beauty and making people feel confident about the way they look, Kristin can use her vast knowledge of skin care to reach your own personal skin care goals. Read her full bio here.