Photorejuvenation/IPL

girlmirrorPhotorejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is currently the benchmark of non-ablative skin treatments. IPL skin treatments using the photorejuvenation process represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new technique treats skin damage non-invasively – there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface. IPL treatments address the effects of photo-aging and sun damage with low risk of complications and minimal recovery time.

This Health Canada cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, unsightly veins, acne scarring, melasma and other blemishes.

insert-pigmented-lesion-baThe visible signs of aging cannot be fully avoided, but can be dramatically minimized. The key is to do it as gently as possible. As far as the skin is concerned there are two types of aging – intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic aging involves the inevitable; as we grow older, our skin naturally becomes thinner and drier. Diminished amounts of collagen make the skin less elastic. What used to bounce back begins to sag. Static, deep wrinkles may begin to appear. The rate of these events is genetically determined for each person. The process first becomes noticeable between the ages of 30 and 35.

Extrinsic aging results from exposure to the environment. Extrinsic aging is the critical element in determining who looks older or younger than their biological age. Exposure to sunlight is a key contributor to extrinsic aging. Photo aging occurs when elastin and collagen breakdown and are not replaced, causing fine lines and wrinkles to intensify. Photo aging also causes pigment changes with the development of age spots (sun-induced freckles) and uneven skin tone. Spider veins and dilated capillaries are another sign of photo aged skin.

insert-pigmented-lesion-ba1Lifestyle choices also have an impact on extrinsic aging. Cigarette smoking contributes to the breakdown of elastin and collagen and impairs the body’s healing capacity.

The simplest way to see the contrast between intrinsic and extrinsic aging is to compare skin commonly exposed to the sun (face, hands, and neck) and skin not exposed to the sun (usually on the breasts, inner arms or buttocks).

IPL/Photorejuvenation:

  • Addresses skin conditions that are most visible
  • Treats the entire face, not only small spots
  • Causes little discomfort
  • Requires some downtime
  • Provides gradual, natural-looking improvement
  • Produces long-lasting results

insert-pigmented-hands-baPhotorejuvenation with IPL is the most versatile of all treatment options. IPL can treat numerous skin conditions at once. It is effective on red blemishes that originate from blood vessels, as well as brown pigment blemishes in the form of freckles, age spots and other sun damage. IPL also treats the neck, chest and hands, where sun damage is often most visible.