Is Photo rejuvenation Worthwhile
The latest technology in skin rejuvenation is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, also known as Broadband Light (BBL) treatment. Commonly, it is referred to as photorejuvenation, or sometimes simply as photofacial. However, this type of treatment (IPL) can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, and hands, as well as the face. Another use of IPL is to remove unwanted hair. IPL treatment is becoming very common now as it has become easily affordable.
How does IPL work?
IPL emits a laser light, concentrated onto an area of your skin that needs treatment. The light rays then penetrate the skin at a range of wavelengths that target red and brown spots. This results in a more even skin tone as pigment is absorbed into the body. IPL also brightens the skin, but it is not recommended for people with darker skin, e.g. those with type V or VI on the Fitzpatrick scale. To be safe, you should always discuss your concerns with an experienced skin consultant or your doctor.
What is IPL Used For?
Usually IPL needs at least three treatment to work, each spaced one month apart. Depending on the severity of symptoms it can take longer. It is a light emitting treatment that is most often used for:
- Reduces and lightens broken blood vessels, dilated blood vessels, rosacea and redness on the neck, face and chest.
- Lightens and removes ‘age spots’, ‘sun spots’ and brown blotches on the neck, face and chest.
- Can help to control flushing.
- Improves skin texture by improving collagen stimulation.
- Improves pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.
Is IPL expensive?
IPL is the most modern technique using the latest technologies. Although it will cost more than other skin rejuvenation procedures, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, it is still much cheaper than laser skin treatment and cosmetic surgery. It is certainly a very affordable procedure, although you should remember that the total cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of the problem, and in turn the number of sessions needed to resolve those problems. The best IPL in Perth goes for $280 for full-face photrejuvenation, whilst a smaller area such as your hands will cost $120. That is an affordable price for most people, and certainly cheaper than laser treatment.
Is the Treatment Dangerous?
IPL is a very safe way to treat a range of skin conditions, such as those listed above. Patients experience very little discomfort during the treatment. The following precautions should still be taken when undergoing a course of treatment:
- Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen at least one week prior to IPL treatment.
- Possibly avoid some medicines such as minocycline, retin-A, and tetracycline, for several days before each treatment.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks before your treatment.
Photorejuvenation is certainly the best treatment currently available for a range of skin conditions. It is now made very affordable and is widely available. IPL is a very safe way to undergo treatment, although some precautions are required. All in all, photorejuvenation is worth the money you’ll pay to repair your skin.