The principle of photorejuvenation is to improve the texture and shine of the skin through a series of light source exposure sessions, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), certain types of laser or soft light such as LED. These machines do not enter into direct contact with the skin, and have a direct effect on the epidermis cells.
The sessions are short and entirely painless. Recovery is rapid leaving no traces. The effect is immediate, very natural but transitory. Sessions should be repeated to maintain the results.
This technique is ideal for persons whose skin has become thin with age presenting blemishes, visible blood vessels or dilated pores. The parts of the body where photorejuvenation treatment is most effective are the cleavage, back and hands. These techniques only affect the epidermis and can be combined with other techniques with a more profound effect.
A consultation with a doctor will be required. They will evaluate your requirements, medical background (as well as that of your family) and examine your skin to establish the most suitable protocol.
Tell the doctor about the following during the first consultation:
During the 2 weeks preceding a session:
Treatment should be postponed if you become pregnant.
Each session lasts 15 to 40 minutes Allow for 4 to 6 sessions at around one month intervals.
The doctor will sometimes apply conducting gel to the area being treated. They will then place a light impulse emitting tool against the skin. Each impulse will cause a sensation of heat and sometimes prickling.
A protective cream is often applied at the end of the session.
You can return to your normal activities as soon as you leave the surgery.
A slight erythema may appear on the treated area after the session. This will fade in 1 to 2 hours. The doctor will prescribe a treatment to sooth the treated areas. Photorejuvenation requires no social isolation.
To reduce the risk of oedema, sleep with your head slightly raised for the first two nights.
Apply sun-cream (protection index: 40 or more) to the treated area for a period of two weeks.
Skin-tone will improve significantly after 3 sessions.
The results achieved will be best maintained if the skin is hydrated daily and protected from exposure to the sun.
One of two annual maintenance sessions are advised to retain the effects achieved with the first treatment.