Laser & IPL Photorejuvenation Sydney NSW
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Laser & IPL Photorejuvenation refers to procedures using light photons to rejuvenate skin, without injuring the skin surface. In contrast, laser resurfacing does injure the outer skin surface and will have a longer recovery period.
At Áda Aesthetic Medicine we use a combination of the KTP and Nd:YAG lasers (Cutera Excel V, Gemini laser), Revlite laser as well as intense pulsed light (IPL) devices from Palomar and Sciton BBL.
Laser photo rejuvenation is used on sun-damaged skin to even out skin discolouration, texture, pigmentation, broken capillaries, facial rosacea or redness and poikiloderma of Civatte (red neck/ chest).
It can also be used as an adjunct to other rejuvenation procedures, such as laser resurfacing, medical needling, microdermabrasion and dermal fillers.
Laser light penetrates deep into the skin (the dermis) where the heat stimulates new collagen and collagen remodelling. Further, small blood vessels and pigmentation also absorb the laser light leading to the clearance or fading of red capillaries and pigmentation.
The skin surface (epidermis) is protected from injury by the contact-cooling device built into the laser/ IPL handpiece.
Generally, redness and swelling will last from a few hours to a few days. The laser/IPL handpiece cools the skin as the treatment proceeds, protecting the outer skin but allowing heating of the dermis layer. This reduces the risk of skin blistering or crusting afterwards.
The treatments are designed to use lower energies to minimise the skin’s reaction, but it means that several treatments will be necessary as the effects are cumulative.
As the response to the laser treatment will vary for each individual, it is difficult to accurately predict individual responses before starting laser treatment.
Most people will see improvement in the removal of larger veins and freckles within 2 weeks of having the first treatment. Deeper background redness and discolouration will take 2-3 treatments to see significant improvement. This is because the treatments have a cumulative effect and, therefore, it is important to repeat the treatment at the recommended intervals. The total number of treatments required to achieve the desired results will be between 2-6 sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Where the desired results are not achieved more specialised laser treatments may be recommended.
Some individuals may see redness and swelling of the treated area lasting longer than expected. In all cases where this has occurred, it settled within 2 weeks. Scattered brown crusts may occur, particularly after treating darker pigmentation areas. These will peel off by the end of the second week. A poor or slow response to the treatment may require a greater number of treatments than initially assessed, or may indicate the need to change to more specialised laser treatments.
At Áda Aesthetic Medicine, only experienced doctors do all consultations and all laser/IPL treatments. No ‘laser technicians’ or nurses are used at any Áda clinic.
Overall, patients find the treatment relatively painless with just an occasional sting or sharp pin-prickle sensation. Where an individual finds the treatment too uncomfortable, a local anaesthetic may be used to numb the area.