Many people from their mid-thirties now suffer from premature aging largely due to sun-damage and other lifestyle factors. This sun damage often results in dull, rough skin, with enlarged pores and lines and wrinkles.
Mottled skin tone and areas of abnormal pigmentation, along with vascular irregularities such as telengiectases, are also common. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser systems can address the aspects of premature aging outlined above due to their ability to promote fibroblast activity and subtly restructure collagen within the skin.
As with all IPL procedures it is important to gauge a client’s expectations and establish realistic outcomes. IPL and laser skin rejuvenation is not a substitute for surgery, ablative resurfacing or other procedures which improve deep wrinkles and sagging skin. It is however appropriate for people who wish for a more even skin tone and show mild to moderate signs of sun damage and photo aging.
The benefit of non-invasive skin rejuvenation with IPL is the relatively small risk of adverse effects and short ‘down time’ which enables busy people to return to daily activities. The primary aim of skin rejuvenation with IPLs and lasers is to induce the healing response of the skin and promote new collagen formation. Typically at each session the entire face (or hands, neck or décolleté) is treated.
This leads to a far more consistent result than limiting treatment to an isolated problem area. Treatment sessions typically take 30 minutes and a course of six treatments is recommended.