Photo rejuvenation is a process used to treat pigmented and vascular lesions for overall improvement in skin tone. Pulsed light systems (IPL) are similar to lasers, but have a larger beam for wider coverage and faster, more comfortable treatments.
Pigmented lesions are known by other names: Age spots, sunspots, liver spots, solar lentigines
The Palomar IPL targets the pigment in the skin. The lesion or brown area is naturally shed from the skin by coming to the surface over a 10-14 day period after treatment. More than one treatment may be required because not all brown spots are the same shade and different settings for the pulsed light are required to be attracted by the different shades of brown.
Vascular lesions are known by other names: Spider veins, broken capillaries, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, rosacea, flushing skin
Intense pulsed light targets the red pigment or blood in the vascular lesions. These areas become redder or a grayish tint and then fade from sight after about 2 weeks. During the procedure, the sensation is similar to that of a mild rubber band snap. Most people do not report this sensation as painful. Vascular lesions may require more than one treatment.
Skin discoloration can also be treated in certain cases with peels or medications. It is very important to have a good skin care regimen for preventing the development of new skin lesions. Our staff can evaluate and advise in this regard.