Photo Rejuvenation: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)/ ResurFX
What is Photo Rejuvenation?
Exposure to the sun and environmental toxins can cause our skin to develop unwanted pigmentation, age spots, superficial blood vessels and a “dull” skin tone that makes us look tired or appear older than we actually are. Using non-invasive treatments to address superficial imperfections, the quality of the skin improves leading to younger healthier looking skin.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The M22 IPL delivers high intensity pulses of visible light are directed onto the skin to reduce brown spots, red vessels and the early signs of aging. This results in a glowing, smoother tone and more even texture to the skin. Photo rejuvenation is achieved by using varied wavelengths of light energy that targets multiple skin concerns simultaneously. The energy is localized to the uppermost layer of skin (epidermis) and works by constricting blood vessels and breaking down and lifting excess pigmentation. Some mild redness and swelling may occur for the first 1-2 days and the pigmented areas may darken for up to one week. However, most people can cover any imperfections with light powder make-up and do not require any time off work for recovery.
ResurFX – Non-ablative Fractional Resurfacing
The M22 ResurFX is the newest technology and next generation of photo rejuvenation. It uses a non-ablative technique that allows light energy to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin (dermis) without actually cutting the surface of the skin. The laser creates channels of heat that are surrounded by normal skin, similar to the process of aerating your lawn. Through the body’s natural healing process, new skin cells are regenerated. New elastic and collagen fibers are produced, which strengthens the foundation of the skin while improving texture and tone on the surface. As the light energy is penetrating into the deeper levels of skin, some pain is associated with the treatment and therefore a topical numbing cream must be applied one hour prior. There will be significant redness and swelling for 1-2 days, after which some mild peeling and dryness can be expected for 3-4 days.
By combining the IPL/ResurFX treatments together, you can achieve an overall improvement to the texture and tone on the surface of the skin, while stimulating long-term collagen production deep below. Although it will not address deep wrinkles or severe sun damage, it is an excellent preventative approach for the earliest signs of aging. We recommend a series of 3 treatments at 4-6 weeks intervals initially, and then maintenance treatments annually for optimal results.