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What is Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation or Fotofacial is a procedure that uses a laser or intense pulsed light system to lessen wrinkles, blemishes, rosacea, pore size and sun damage. Photorejuvenation improves the skin by working beneath the epidermis to increase collagen and tighten the skin.
The skin is cleansed with a mild cleanser to remove dirt and oils. Protective eye goggles are placed over the eyes to protect them from the bright laser light. Treatment consists of covering the facial area with the light handpiece all over the face. Another pass is done over areas with vessels and age spots. Patients experience mild discomfort through the procedure. After the treatment you may experience a tingly, itching for 24-48 hours. The skin may appear blotchy or red during this time as well. Avoid direct sun exposure and wear a thin coat of sunscreen when outdoors. The best part is no down time! You can return to work or your scheduled activity immediately after having a treatment.
Who is a candidate for Photorejuvenation?
Men and women of all ages with mild to moderate wrinkles are a candidate for Photorejuvenation. Patients with irregular skin tone, large pores, sun damage, facial veins and sun spots are pleased with the procedure to improve skin tone, tightening and quality. Photorejuvenation will tighten the skin, lessen lines and wrinkles and reduce redness and vessels on the face and neck. Some patients have noticed an improvement with acne breakouts as well.
What precautions should be taken before treatment?
Photorejuvenation is not recommended for persons with recent sun exposure or expecting sun exposure. The UVA-UVB rays from the sun may cause temporary side effects such as: hypopigmentation (a lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin) blisters, swelling and a very low chance of scarring. Using a sunscreen with SPF 30 plus zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will greatly reduce the risk of side effects and ensure a great result. Patients using skin care products such as Retin-A, Retinol, AHA, glycolic acid products should discontinue these products two weeks before and two weeks after treatment to lessen side effects after Photorejuvenation.
How much does Photorejuvenation cost?
The Photorejuvenation procedure fee includes all pre-op and post-op care, and the laser procedures for $350-$550 per treatment. Generally four to six treatments are recommended. Fees vary with areas covered.
Why is the light so bright with my goggles on?
Even though your eyes are protected some filtered light comes through the sinuses. Dangerous light is green, this light is not seen when goggles are in place?
Do IPL treatments cause cancer?
Good question. In the spectrum of light, there are ionizing rays such as x-ray and non ionizing light that is not harmful. Lasers and Light sources are non ionizing radiation and not cancer causing.
May I leave my contacts in?
Yes, the goggles should not effect your contact lenses.
Can I put make up on after a treatment?
Yes, absolutely. Most of this treatment was absorbed under the skin so make up will not hinder the result.
Hair Removal – Lux Y and Lux RS
I am afraid to shave the hair on my face between treatments! I’ve always heard the hair will get thicker, like a man’s beard if I shave it.
This is not true. Hair will not change color or texture after shaving. If it makes you uncomfortable for you, you may clip it with tiny scissors. Waxing, tweezing, depilatories or bleaching will make the IPL treatments less effective.
How many treatments will it take to remove the hair?
Most patients experience 4-6 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart to achieve 80% hair reduction. Sometimes we chase 20% of the hair a little longer.
Does it hurt?
The Lux Y handpiece may feel a little prickly. I will give you this Cool Roller to use to numb the area. You hold this and feel free to roll over the area whenever you feel the need.
The RS is pretty comfortable.
Is the IPL permanent hair removal and as effective as the lasers?
All lasers and light systems carry the FDA approval permanent hair reduction. Both target melanin( the dark color in hair) and destroy hair follicles. There are some longer pulsed lasers that may be safer for dark skin patients and cause less side effects. The Este Lux system carries the same permanent hair reduction approval as hair removal lasers.
I have hormone problems (PCOS) will IPL hair reduction work for me?
Most of our patients with PCOS are pleased with the results of the Este Lux hair removal system. It is a longer process requiring more treatments.
I have both dark and gray hair… will this work for me?
All laser and light systems on the market work on the same premise, targeting melanin. White hair, blonde hair, gray hair, red hair does not contain melanin. If your unwanted hair is 50% dark, it will get rid of the dark hair and may affect the light…we can test spot and see if you are satisfied with the hair reduction.
Can I have IPL treatments if I am pregnant?
There have been no studies to date treating pregnant women with IPL. This is an elective procedure, maybe wait until after the baby?
Will hair removal treatments effect my tattoo?
The IPL may cause some irregular fading, we will avoid your tattoo in treatment.
Sun Spots, Age Spots, Liver Spots, Solar Lentigos
Can you remove these freckles on my face?
Freckles are a type of nevi. All nevi have a tendency to become malignant. The Este Lux only removes the color from the surface of the lesion. We could not see color or size changes…so we don’t remove moles, or nevi. They should be removed and biopsied by your dermatologist.
Will sunspots come back after IPL treatment?
The sun is a big cause of solar lentigines (agespots). If you go in the sun without a good sunblock you could get new sunspots.
How long will it take to heal?
Solar lentigo treatment with the Lux Y or G: the treated areas will get darker 2-3 days post treatment, then appear like fine coffee grounds or dirt specks on the skin. Let these flake off naturally over 7-10 days. Make up can be applied to camouflage them. When they come off on their own, the natural skin tone remains, if a crust is removed, it will be pink underneath which takes 6-8 weeks to fill in and match the rest of the skin tone.