What is Photoderm?
PhotoDerm technology, also known as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an innovative treatment that can improve skin texture and other blemishes as wells as correct skin conditions such as signs of aging, Rosacea, unsightly small veins and uneven pigmentation.
It offers Orange County patients a gentle, safe and non-invasive solution that is tailored to the individual needs of their skin type. IPL provides superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. This procedure is also referred to as fotofacial or photofacial and photo-rejuvenation.
How Does the PhotoDerm Work?
Pulses of infrared light are applied to the patient’s skin. Then, the skin absorbs the light creating warmth. Skin irregularities such as small veins, or clusters of veins and pigment marks will naturally absorb more light. Brown and red pigmented cells will naturally become much warmer than the healthy skin tissue. This heat process causes these cells to be reabsorbed by the body which causes them to fade away with time.
The heating effect on the deeper layers of collagen on the skin stimulates the skin to function more efficiently. This reduces pore size and evens out the skin texture, tone and color which results in a firmer and fresher complexion
Expected Results of Your PhotoDerm Treatments:
- Elimination or reduction of small capillaries or redness (from sun damage or Rosacea)
- Elimination or reduction of pigmentation and discoloration
- Improved firmness to the skin
- Reduction in pore size
- Reduction of fine lines
- General improvement of texture and tone of the skin
Treatment is usually recommended as a series of 3 to 6 procedures (depending on your skin condition) approximately 3 or 4 weeks apart. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes.
Why Are Multiple Treatments Necessary?
The procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk because is divided into several treatments. The is very little to no “down time” compared to the recovery period needed after other types of lasers. This is because PhotoDerm is a light treatment and not a laser.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The results are often permanent for prominent veins and pigments after completing the recommended treatment course. This is assuming you maintain a regular program of skin care products to protect your skin from UV exposure. The more subtle rejuvenating results are very long lasting. However, if you wish to retain the results long term, you may want to have 1 or 2 PhotoDerm treatments each year.
What Does a PhotoDerm Treatment Feel Like?
A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated. Then, the smooth glass surface of the handpiece (the ‘chill tip’) is placed onto the gel about 1mm off the skin and the pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small elastic band. A mild warm tingling sensation may remain for 1 hour or more after the treatment where a cool pack or other cooling preparation may be used to provide relief. Most people find they can apply make-up almost immediately after treatment.