Photorejuvenation: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / ResurFX
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. At Remington Laser Dermatology Centre in Calgary, we offer two photorejuvenation treatments to improve your skin: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and ResurFX.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The M22 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) delivers high-intensity pulses of visible light directly 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.
Photorejuvenation 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. This treatment does not require any time off work for recovery.
The M22 ResurFX is the newest technology and next generation of photorejuvenation. 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. Through the body’s natural healing process, new skin cells are regenerated. New elastic and collagen fibers are produced. This 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. Therefore, a topical numbing cream must be applied one hour prior. There will be significant redness and swelling for 1-2 days. Some mild peeling and dryness can be expected for 3-4 days.
Laser Resurfacing Treatment
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.
It is essential that you do not have a tan or have used tanning creams within 4 weeks of your treatment. As the laser targets pigmentation in the skin, having a tan can cause you to react more than the desired response. Occasionally this can even blister the skin. You must also be off Accutane for a minimum of 6 months and cannot be pregnant.