It is important to protect your skin from direct sun exposure over the series of your treatments and it is highly recommended to use a zinc based spf30+ sunblock. Solariums and sun bathing are to be avoided.
Photorejuvenation treatments can be carried out all year round as long as you are not planning to be in full sun exposure immediately following a treatment. Having recent sun exposure prior to a treatment can intensify the effects of the IPL (and vice versa) and increase risks of unwanted side effects such as a burn or hyperpigmentation.
Ideally, avoiding sun exposure to the treated area altogether is of most benefit to prolong results and avoid the return of treated problems. Sun damage is a strong trigger for facial flushing and causes direct damage to superficial blood vessels and dermal inflammation. So, sun damage can cause progression of rosacea in those genetically predisposed to developing the disorder.
Ideal results are obtained by undergoing a series of treatments. This may be between 2 -6 treatments, depending upon the condition to be treated. After the initial series of photorejuvenation treatments most of the improvements are permanent however in order to maintain the results some future maintenance may be required and this varies from person to person.
Skincare that compliments the photorejuvenation treatment should be added into your daily regime. It is highly recommended to commence the use of Skincare that has high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Hylauronic Acid and other potent Anit-oxidants and melanin blockers , 2-3 weeks prior to your first photorejuvenation treatment. This should be maintained throughout the entire course of the treatment series and can be continued long term. The use of a zinc based spf30+ sunblock is also highly recommended for long term use.
For those concerned with pigmentation and brightening the skin tone as well as those with a skin type III and above, a specific product with a tyrosinase inhibitor is prescribed to reduce chances of post inflammatory pigmentation as well as maintaining your results of the IPL treatment. Our salon policy will require you to use this product if you are skin type III or above.
Other ‘non-invasive’ procedures like Cosmeceutical Peels, Microdermabrasions, and cosmetic injections can be used in combination with photorejuvenation for superior results.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND A COMPLIMENTARY TEST PATCH AREA IF THIS IS A CONCERN.
Photorejuvenation is generally a very safe ‘no downtime’ procedure.
Veins that are destroyed by the laser will not return. Veins that are only injured may persist. Some veins are not damaged at all.
Laser and IPL treatments do not alter the underlying condition, so new vessels will develop. Facial vein treatments are commonly repeated every two years or so. Rosacea treatments may require touchups once or twice a year.
The goal of treatment is improvement, not perfection. Your expectations must be realistic.
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- No sun exposure for 2 weeks prior, darker skins 4 weeks.
- Skin type 3 (olive) and above should prep on a tyrosinase inhibitor (pigment punch) 2 weeks prior to treatment. We would be hesitant to perform a treatment without this preparation.
- If treating rosacea, peels are firstly recommended to prep the skin.
- Cannot perform if pregnant.
- Have doctors clearance if taking medication which may affect the skin.
- Prep on zovirax for 1 week prior if herpes\coldsore prone.
- Stop use of Vitamin A 1 week prior to treatment.
- Avoid exposure to the sun for at least 1 month following IPL treatment.
- Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 . Physical Sunscreens ( zinc\ titanium dioxide) with broad-spectrum coverage are best.
- Avoid heat for 24hrs- gym, running, exercise. Hot water on face in shower should be avoided .
- Avoid using ‘active’ products for 72hours (including aha’s, exfoliants, vitamin A etc) keep your routine very basic with cleanser, moisturizer and Sunscreen.