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 Mission Viejo and 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
What Skin Problems Will PhotoDerm Improve?
Intense Pulsed Light can be used on any part of the face and body, including the hands, chest, back and arms. Sun damage occurs on all areas. Because PhotoDerm is not a laser, it is suitable for use on skin that has irregular texture or color. Particular pigmentation conditions of the face may call for a different treatment program such as Cosmelan for melasma or Mixto Laser Resurfacing for more intensive combination skin issues.
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.
Can I Have Other Treatments If I Am Having PhotoDerm?
It is often recommended that Mission Viejo and Orange County patients include other types of treatments along with PhotoDerm to achieve better results. The combination of treatments will depend on the areas you want to treat. With this information, Dr. Sikorski will give you all the advise you need during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision on which combination of treatments will give you the best results.
An example of a multi-treatment program might be PhotoDerm for sun damage, BOTOX® Cosmetic for dynamic wrinkles and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel or Restylane for wrinkle correction. There are vast arrays of customizable procedure packages that can provide simple to very comprehensive improvements in your appearance.
Before Your PhotoDerm Treatment
You will need to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before having PhotoDerm treatments if you use self tanners or if you have recently been in a sun tanning bed.
Treating tanned skin increases the risk of unwanted side effects such as pigment changes. This is why it is important that you stay committed to stay out of the sun during the entire treatment process. If you are planning a holiday or a trip in the sun, we can help you plan your treatments around your holiday.
It is recommended that you wait until you have had the baby if you are pregnant before considering PhotoDerm treatments.
If you are using or have used Accutane you must have finished this medication for at least 6 months before PhotoDerm treatment.
After Your PhotoDerm Treatment
In most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients, this treatment has very little or no ‘down time’. Immediately after treatment you may notice a mild warmth and tingling sensation. This is normal and usually subsides after a couple hours. This can be eased by using ice, chilled cold packs or wet wash cloth put in freezer for 2-3 minutes may be applied post-treatment as needed for comfort. Aloe Vera gel can also be used to soothe skin. Localized erythema (redness) may also be present and typically resolves in 24 to 48 hours.
Treated age spots, freckles or sun damage usually darken after treatment, and light crusting begins to form within a few days. It may look as if you have spilled coffee on your skin. This crusting usually resolves in 1 to 3 weeks. It should be allowed to naturally flake off for best results. If significant crusting occurs beyond the normal flaking of the treated lesions, an antibiotic ointment or lubricating cream may be recommended.
Mineral make-up can be carefully applied providing the skin is not sensitive. Mineral make up can also serve to protect the skin from sun exposure.
Skin that has been treated should be cared for gently for a few days. Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 24-48 hours following treatment. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the skin and avoid exposing it to additional heat or friction such as hot showers, baths, steam rooms, saunas and hairdryers.
Avoid planning heavy exercise for up to 2 days after treatment, to prevent the skin from sweating and causing undue redness.
Use of a high factor sunblock (SPF 30) for 4 weeks after treatment is recommended with consistent use of at least an SPF 15 sunscreen product that contains one or more of the following: avobenzone (parsol) and oxybenzone, helioplex, or one of the physical sun blocks – titanium oxide or zinc oxide.
The recommended time interval between treatments is 3 weeks or longer.
You should avoid sun beds, tanning, or sun exposure without sun protection, in the four weeks following treatment. Unprotected sun exposure will create a new cycle of sun damage, negating the effect of your PhotoDerm treatment program.
Related Treatments and Procedures
- Cosmelan for Melasma and Hyper pigmentation
- Mixto Laser for Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels for Light to Moderate Exfoliation of Damaged Skin
- Photo Dynamic Therapy to Control Acne and Prevent Acne Scarring
- Microdermabrasion for Manual Exfoliation of Rough Skin
Your Consultation Visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our Mission Viejo and OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. Contact us for more information on Photoderm or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sikorski in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area. Call (949) 448-0487.