FAQ’s – Skin Rejuvenation and Tightening with IPL

Contraindications:

Patients that should not be treated include:

– those who are sunburned or have irritated skin in the sites to be treated

– those who are exhibiting unidentified skin conditions in the sites to be treated

– those who have healed poorly after other types of laser treatments

– patients prone to skin discoloration

– patients who are taking photosensitizing medication, such as Accutane, should discontinue the medication 6 months before treatment

– patients who are taking topical Retin-A, patients should wait 2 weeks before treatment

– don’t apply IPL energy to any raised lesions, aside from purely red ones i.e. angiomas; other lesions should first be checked by a dermatologist

Patients who are sunburned should wait until the burn subsides. Herpes Simplex Labialis (fever blisters) can be activated by laser treatment, especially on the upper lip, and patients with a tendency for fever blistering can be started on antiviral medication before treatment.

Setting expectations:

The best candidates for skin rejuvenation are patients with skin types I-IV aged 30-55 showing the initial signs of aging such as fine lines, minor wrinkles, sun damage and vessels as well as signs of reduced skin laxity. Other patients may respond to such treatments, but as a segment, the patients aforementioned typically see the best results. Patients should begin to see results immediately after the treatment and the results will continue to become better over time. After the complete set of treatments (typically once a month for 6 months) patients can expect to see the results continue for the next six months, after which they can start the treatments again.

How many treatment sessions are required?

This can vary depending on skin and severity of the condition, but generally 6 sessions are required to achieve a good result. After that, the patient may need maintenance every few months depending on their skin type.

Do I need to use topical anesthesia? What about gels?

Yes. Anesthetics and cooling gels may be required.  However, some buildup of heat will be experienced and slight pinching may be felt.

Is it painful?

No, there is just a mild, very tolerable sensation of heat. 

When can I expect to see an improvement in my condition?

Improvement may be seen anywhere immediately after the treatment to a few weeks after the first treatment. Typically a session every month for 6 months is required. Patients should notice considerable results during the entire course of treatments and for another 6 months after the treatment due to the constant growth of new collagen and elastin. It is important to realize that there is no way to stop the skin’s aging process, so further treatment may be required in the future

Is it permanent, or will my spots and laxity come back?

While your skin will appear firmer, more full and both red and brown spots will diminish, the skin will continue to age so maintenance treatments may be required in the future. To reduce the signs of aging it is important to wear sunscreen, which will slow any increase of wrinkles and sun damage.

Can it be used on dark skin?

 Patients with skin types IV-VI should not be treated with on the face with high power using the 2mm lens as the risk of hyper and/or hypopigmentation is increased.