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What is photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive skin treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to treat certain skin conditions, such as:
›  rosacea
›  spider veins
›  hemangiomas
and to improve skin texture, fine wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation due to photo-aging and sun damage, for example:
›  sun spots
›  age spots
›  freckles.
What can I expect during a photorejuvenation treatment?
A layer of gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin.  The IPL hand-held device is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.  Most patients will feel a slight discomfort which they have likened to the sensation of a hot rubber band snapping against their skin.  During the treatment the area will also be cooled to increase comfort.
How do I prepare for a photorejuvenation treatment?
•  You must avoid tanning for four weeks and self-tanning creams for two weeks prior to your treatment.
•  You must also stay off Accutane (oral prescription acne medication) for six months before treatment and off retinoids (Differin or Retin A cream) for one week before treatment because these make your skin more sensitive to the light treatment.
•  In addition, you must avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (arthritis medications), and Vitamin E for two days before your treatment because these can increase bruising.
Are there any post-treatment instructions?
•Some redness and swelling in the treated areas is normal and may feel similar to a sunburn.  This should resolve within a few hours to a few days after your treatment.
•  Your brown and age spots will darken after your treatment and will flake off and fade over five to 10 days.
•  Avoid glycolic acid (ingredient in certain facial creams) products and retinoids (Differin, Retin A) for seven days.
•  Apply sunscreen for six weeks over the treated area.
What can I expect in the long term?
•  As a rule, two to three photorejuvenation treatments are required to achieve the desired result and should be performed every three to four weeks.  With rosacea a greater number of treatments may be necessary.
•   I recommend that you apply sunscreen every day and return once a year for a maintenance photorejuvenation treatment.
Please call 416-485-0555 for your consultation.
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