Artisan client's before and after photos show dramatic reduction of freckles

02 Apr Photorejuvenation

Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation improves skin texture, tone and complexion by targeting uneven skin pigmentation, rosacea, fine broken capillaries and enlarged pores.

It stimulates new collagen production which gives your skin a dewy and fresh appearance.

Before Ipl series  After IPL series

Before and after photorejuvenation with Cutera LP560 (image supplied by Cutera)

Cumulative effects of sun exposure and UV damage to our collagen and elastin fibres result in the apparent signs of ageing – skin laxity, pigmentation and freckles, facial telangiectasiae (broken capillaries), actinic keratoses (sunspots) and wrinkles. Throw in a few genetic factors such as fair skin, our harsh environment, medical conditions such as rosacea, acne and environmental toxins such as smoking and it is easy to explain why the visible signs of photo-ageing are prevalent even in younger age groups.

The innovative use of filtered pulsed light technology over the last 10 years has now reached the forefront of photo-ageing treatment.

Pulsed Light photorejuvenation targets uneven pigmentation, rosacea, fine broken capillaries and enlarged pores, and stimulates new collagen production resulting in a smoother texture to the surface of the skin. Results are usually achieved through a course of about 5 x monthly treatments which take approximately 30 minutes depending on the areas to be treated. There is some discomfort but the treatments are not painful. After each treatment, the pigmentation may appear darker for a few days, followed by a few days of flaking.

Pulsed Light Therapy is an effective non-surgical technology that is safe, comfortable and is particularly useful in the treatment of pigmentation, acne, sun-damage and rosacea, and when used in combination with therapies such as ALA and TITAN it accelerates toning, tightening and refining the skin.

Photodynamic Photorejuvenation (ALA)

The combination of Pulsed Light therapy and sensitizing substances such as ALA (20% 5-Amino-levulinic acid) offers advanced results in the treatment of sun-damaged skin, actinic keratoses (sunspots), acne and rosacea.

Being selectively absorbed by abnormal cells such as sunspots and over-active sebaceous glands, the ALA can be applied generally to the face, neck, décolletage and hands without harming normal skin cells. It is then activated by the pulsed light source at which point the abnormal cells are preferentially destroyed.

The process involves an initial consultation to assess skin condition and sunspots.

On the day the skin is thoroughly washed and lightly exfoliated. ALA is then applied and allowed to be absorbed for 30-60 minutes, during which time it is taken up into abnormal cells. The ALA is then activated with a Pulsed Light treatment which results in destroying the abnormal cells. The treated area resembles sunburn for 1-2 days and it is very important to remain out of the sun for 48 hours. After 2-3 days the treated areas become flaky and may peel and most redness and peeling is resolved by 7 days.

The combination of ALA and Pulsed Light not only reduces the prevalence of abnormal cells but has the additional cosmetic effect of reducing pigmentation and pore size, and stimulating new collagen for finer, more even textured skin.

To discuss what’s possible for YOU with your clinician at Artisan ph. 3852 3211