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Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods.


Photorejuvenation
It is non ablative (bruise free) process using intense pulse light (IPL) laser, leading to fresher, younger looking skin. Broad spectrum light in the visible and infrared range, between 550nm upto 950nm, penetrates the skin layer and stimulates connective tissue growth, which is responsible for toning of the skin. Laser Skin Rejuvenation therapy helps stimulate your skin's collagen production by deconstructing underlying blood vessels using lasers, helping to 'plump up' the skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Skin rejuvenation therapy is considered a non-ablative treatment, which means that the surface of your skin shouldn't be damaged by the process.

What conditions can photorejuvenation treat?
1. Sun damaged skin with fine wrinkles
2. Broken facial capillaries
3. Visible blood vessels
4.Age spots
5. Rosasea
6. Lack of glow
7. Discoloration & pigmentation

Which part of the body can be photorejuvenated?
Photorejuvenation is usually done for face, neck and upper breast portions of body but any part of body can be photorejuvenated.

What are the advantages of photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation erases skin damage with no “downtime” & it can simultaneously treat different facial changes ranging from sun damage to broken facial capillaries to discoloration & pigmentation changes.

What happens before treatment?
Your skin will be properly prepared for the treatment. This may include application of lighting cream and sunscreen for dark skinned or tanned patients: this is a precaution to ensure that the laser is not absorbed by the tan.

Similarly microdermabrasion treatment can be conducted to prepare the skin for the IPL treatment. Microdermabrasion uses a highly controlled flow of fine, medical grade crystals to remove the dead, outermost layer of skin. This skin exfoliation process reveals the new, living skin cells that are soft, smooth and receptive to nutrients.This treatment would need to be performed a few days prior to your IPL treatment.

If necessary a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to relieve any discomfort.

What happens during your IPL treatment?
Patients are generally required to wear protective goggles. The light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the adjacent area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During the treatment the patient may feel a snapping or skin-pricking sensation which provides minimal discomfort.

Depending on the area being treated the IPL treatment usually can last from 30 minutes (hand) to up to an hour (face).

What happens after your skin rejuvenation treatment?
Your skin may be cooled or soothed immediately after the IPL treatment. Depending on your particular condition and the specifics of the IPL treatment there may be some darkening of the treated area, redness, and in very rare cases, crusting or weeping. Generally any such effect is very temporary and will disappear after 2-4 days. Patients can return to work immediately although some patients may decide to apply some form of camouflage make-up to hide any temporary discoloration: it is not possible to apply standard make-up immediately after the treatment.

You may be provided with non-stick dressing and anti-biotic creams to be used for up to a week after your treatment.

What precautions are needed post procedure?
You can still go out in the sun, but you should protect yourself by using a high-factor sunscreen (minimum 30+ SPF), regardless of what season it is. Wearing an appropriate sunscreen is always recommended for everyone for summer months when you spend the most time outdoors.

How many treatment sessions are required?
Though there is improvement after each treatment session, for maximum benefit 4 to6 treatment sessions are required at 3 weeks interval.

Are there any complications of treatment?
Usually none but there may be temporary redness and burning sensation and very rarely superficial burn, if skin is very sensitive.