What is it? How can you benefit from it?

In general, photo-rejuvenation refers to the process of using light (photo) to improve (rejuvenate) the texture/color of your skin.

More specifically, photo-rejuvenation is the process of using the advanced technology of intense pulsed light and lasers to improve skin tone. Photo-rejuvenation gently and effectively lightens browns caused by sun damage and improves redness and veins caused by rosacea. Intense pulsed light and lasers gently apply heat to the epidermis and dermis which constricts blood vessels, lightens the melanin in brown spots, and enhances collagen production.

Since these treatments seek out color (brown sun spots and red veins), they need to be done on untanned skin. This time of year, when your summer tan has faded, is the perfect time for photo-rejuvenation treatments.

The number of treatments required will vary depending on the condition of your skin and the severity of browns and reds. One treatment will show improvement, but for some clients, a series of 3 will be necessary initially. If you require an initial series, the treatments can be done a month apart – as long as your skin remains untanned and a zinc-containing sunblock is used in between treatments. Thereafter, yearly maintenance treatments can be done to treat new lesions and maintain collagen production.

Immediately after your treatment, you can expect some swelling (especially if you have rosacea) for 2 – 4 days. Small veins from rosacea will disappear almost immediately. Slightly larger veins will darken at first and then disappear gradually. Brown spots will become darker over the next 7 – 10 days. After that, they will naturally flake off. Collagen production and skin hydration will be improved so your skin will gradually become plumper and softer.

The type of laser or intense pulsed light used will depend on your condition and sometimes a combination of technology is needed to effectively address your concerns. Dr. Pascoe will have a thorough consultation with you prior to treatment so that you achieve your desired results.

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