A clear complexion is something many people want, but even with the most meticulous skincare regimen, blemish-free skin can be difficult to achieve. Photorejuvenation, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, can help reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin woes, including brown spots, melasma, broken capillaries, and sunspots. This minimally invasive skin procedure can also treat signs of aging such as wrinkles or age spots. There are very little recovery time and few side effects, making it a popular procedure.
Levulan photodynamic therapy involves the application of an amino acid that reacts to blue light. This treatment has been approved by the FDA for actinic keratosis, but is sometimes prescribed off label for acne.
When to Consider IPL / Photo Rejuvenation
If you want to improve the look of your skin without undergoing a full surgical procedure
If you have redness, brown spots or scarring on your skin
If you would like to reduce pore size, fine wrinkles and improve skin texture
Downtime will depend on the severity of skin damage, but PDT offers relatively long lasting improvement in skin quality and texture. PDT can be performed anywhere on the body.
Are you a good candidate for an IPL / photorejuvenation?
If you are routinely frustrated by any of the skin problems below, then photorejuvenation can be a good choice:
- Hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
- Texture problems
- Large, visible pores
- Excessive flushing
- Age and sun spots
- Broken capillaries
- Spider veins
- Stretch marks
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.