Using the latest techniques, it is possible to regain radiant skin. Years of weathering can lead to an overall withered look, but skin rejuvenation can also treat other skin conditions. It’s not always easy to avoid the strong sun in Australia, so skin rejuvenation is becoming commonplace for many people as the technology is becoming widely available and easily affordable. One of the main techniques is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser treatment, a kind of photorejuvenation.
What Are the Uses of IPL?
These laser treatments are often used for:
- Removal of ‘sun spots’ or ‘age spots’. These are brown blotches that appear over time on the face, neck, chest, hands and other visible areas of the body.
- Lightening of redness on the skin or rosacea on the face or hands.
- Removal of dilated blood vessels or other broken blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
- Control of ‘flushing’.
- Improving pore size by reducing oiliness.
- Improving skin texture through collagen stimulation.
How Long and How Often Does the Treatment Take?
Photorejuvenation usually consists of a minimum of 3 treatments but often takes 5 treatments for a proper course. Each treatment should take place every three or four weeks, so a full treatment can take over 4 months. The treatments pose minimal risk and provide minimal discomfort. There are several clinics than can provide a course of skin rejuvenation in Perth or Mandura, and they will be able to advise you on the best course. Each time you visit the clinic for your treatment, you’ll be able to see some improvement, although the process will be gradual. Some severe cases will require more than 5 treatments, up to a year.
How Does the Treatment Work?
The IPL device is a laser that emits a range of light waves that are targeted at haemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels), or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The laser passes through the skin and is absorbed by either haemoglobin or melanin. The light rays then change the colour of the skin as pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Most patients report that dilated blood vessels or age spots can be removed with minimal discomfort, using this method. The first treatment usually causes the most discomfort, but patients report it is bearable. The following treatments are then more comfortable as your skin begins to clear. Each session usually lasts 30-90 minutes, with the average treatment lasting around an hour.
Using laser technology, IPL is now a very common practice for skin rejuvenation. It is now very affordable and readily available at clinics in most major cities. IPL can be used for a variety of purposes, with most courses lasting 3-5 sessions, and taking around 4 months to complete. Some courses might take longer depending on the severity of your condition. The good news is that it doesn’t really hurt, and skin rejuvenation can be achieved with very little discomfort.