IPL Skin Photo Rejuvenation in the Minneapolis, MN Area
As we age, our skin reflects damage from the sun and other elements, and plain old wear-and-tear from daily life. But thankfully, aesthetic procedures to restore your fresh, youthful appearance are available just minutes from your doorstep!
Photo rejuvenation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today. Removing age spots, reducing redness due to broken capillaries and softening fine lines and wrinkles will help turn back the clock and expose a more youthful version of you.
Advanced Fluorescent Light (AFL) and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technologies also improve dull complexions, red flushing skin and rosacea. It gives skin a healthy glow and more of an even-tone appearance. With no downtime, this technology is ideally suited for today’s active lifestyles.
How does photo rejuvenation work?
A series of gentle pulses will be applied over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light is absorbed by the pigmentation, blood vessels and water in the sub-surface skin layers. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion and the body begins its natural healing process.
Is it safe?
The gentle energy parameters associated with the pulsed lights used in AFL and IPL technologies ensure safe, effective treatments. The pulses precisely heat the intended targets, causing little or no skin damage or discomfort.
Does it hurt?
While pain tolerance varies, most people tolerate the treatment well and describe it as a rubber band snap to the skin. Topical anesthetic is an option for more sensitive areas.
What should I expect from the treatment?
The area to be treated will be cleansed and a cool gel applied. The light pulse is then delivered with little or no discomfort. Once the treatment is completed the skin will again be cleansed to remove residual gel. You can resume regular activities immediately and apply makeup as desired.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatments generally involve a series of three to six sessions. While some patients see significant improvement in two or three treatments, others may require more. In order to maintain results, patients may opt for follow-up treatments.
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker and capillaries may be more visible. To help guarantee the best results, limit your sun exposure for several weeks before and after your treatment.
What are the advantages to this treatment?
Unlike deep laser resurfacing and chemical peels, IPL or AFL is not accompanied by an extended period of redness and swelling, nor does it involve ablation of the top layer of skin. While microdermabrasion is beneficial for exfoliation, it is ineffective in calming redness and flushing or reducing broken capillaries.