Don’t Cover Up Anymore!
Years of sun exposure can cause the skin on the neck, chest, arms and hands to show irregular patches of discoloration and have a more rough wrinkled texture.
Laser Treatment Options
Our strategy for discoloration is IPL Photo Facial to improve color evenness. Photorejuvenation (IPL – Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments are most commonly used for:
- Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
- Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
It consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks. The benefits of photorejuvenation treatments are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk.
How does the treatment work?
Most clients need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more treatments you will need.
Sub- ablative laser resurfacing are newer and may be the best option if you also have wrinkles or acne scarring. The sub-ablative fractional lasers, have a 2-day downtime. Some clients see results quickly with this treatment option; but results will improve over 2-6 months.
How is texture improved?
The light bypasses the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). These cells, called fibroblasts, start to produce more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles.
Are there any side effects?
The main side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, an accentuation of the brown spots, crusting, and an occasional bruise or small superficial blister (like a sunburn blister). There are rare other side effects which will be reviewed with you in your consent form.
Prior to your Laser Session
We will provide pre and post operative instructions prior to your first treatment but here are some of the basics.
- For 2-4 weeks before your treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun.
- You may be asked to discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days prior to each treatment.
- You may be asked to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment unless medically indicated to help prevent bruising.
- Protect your improved skin with sunscreen every morning. Hats and sunglasses are also good protection from the sun.