PhotoRejuvination—The Basics

As we age, most of us age begin to see visible signs of sun damage, time, and lifestyle choices appearing in our complexion. This aged look may include freckles, Rosacea, wrinkles, broken capillaries, dark spots, blotchy skin color, redness of the face and neck, enlarged pore size and uneven pigmentation. PhotoRejuvenation is the only procedure that can treat vascular redness, the appearance of Rosacea, pigmented brown spots, sun damage, skin texture, and collagen structure all at once. With the use of ND/YAG technology, dramatic improvements can now be accomplished with little or no “downtime” and with very minimal discomfort.

What will PhotoRejuvenation Treatment do?

PhotoRejuvenation laser treatments utilize the power of pulsed light to deliver excellent results in skin therapy. The laser emits a range of lightwaves that are tuned and targeted towards the red blood cells in the blood vessels or the brown pigment in freckles and age spots. By selecting the appropriate wavelength or filter, your physician or licensed nurse will be able to treat a broad range of skin conditions, ultimately reducing the signs of aging and restoring your skin back to a natural youthful state.

PhotoRejuvenation Laser Treatments can improve the following:

  • Fine wrinklesphoto-rejuvenation in Denver CO
  • Age spots
  • Small facial veins
  • Rosacea
  • Redness and flushing
  • Freckles
  • Café Au Lait maculae
  • Brown spots & birth marks
  • Blotchy skin complexion
  • Red Spots
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Help control flushing

How does it work?

A warm laser light is emitted onto the skin, which stimulates the deep layers of the skin to begin producing its own natural collagen. Collagen is the substance that keeps our skin tight and elastic. The light beam also passes through the skin and is absorbed by either the red blood cells in blood vessels or the dark pigment in freckles and other dark spots (also, see home remedies for dark spot removal). The result is damaging to the vessel wall or fragmenting the dark pigment. These tiny vessels and the dark pigment are then absorbed by the body, leaving them less visible. This helps restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, more vibrant and younger looking.

What areas can you treat with PhotoRejuvination?

Any area of your body can be treated, however, the most commonly treated areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. Most often you’ll see treatments are for the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

How many treatments are necessary?

3 to 5 treatments, at 2-4 week intervals are recommended to produce the desired results. Additional treatments may be recommended depending on how severe your condition is (see other anti-aging treatments here).

How long will is the recovery time?

PhotoRejuvination laser treatments are non-invasive and considered a gentle procedure with virtually no down-time. Some clients experience a little redness, like a sunburn, however, in most cases you will be able to return to work, apply make-up, and resume most of your activities right away.

What should I expect after the treatment?

You may experience some redness, darkening of brown spots, or light swelling, all of which should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your skin will feel smoother and fine lines and pores will be less visible. Sun spots or uneven pigmentation will also fade after a possible initial darkening in color. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the treated area. Makeup can be immediately applied, if desired. Your physician or licensed nurse will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.

Will it be uncomfortable?

The procedure is gentle, non-invasive, and safe. There should be minimal or no discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. There is no need for a topical anesthesia; however, your physician or licensed nurse may choose to use one for more sensitive areas. Your physician or licensed nurse will recommend the best options during your consultation.

What will happen during the procedure?

Special glasses or eyepads will be placed over your eyes to protect them from the laser. A cool gel is then placed on the skin being treated. The smooth glass surface of the laser is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light flash—you may feel a very slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. At the end of the treatment, the nurse wipes off the gel, cleans the area with a warm cloth, and applies a moisturizer with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes. Commonly you will be allowed to reapply foundation or concealer immediately after a treatment. Procedures may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area being treated and the type of the procedure performed.

Before and after care.

It is important to follow your physician’s or licensed nurse’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. These will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Basic aftercare procedures include

  • Avoid self-tanners and excessive sun 2-4 weeks before your 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 recommended

The beautiful, youthful skin you want is easily achieved with these wonderful treatments. With no chemicals, invasive surgery, or abrasion, you can get truly amazing reduction in wrinkles, acne scars, and large pores with PhotoRejuvination. Contact Zap Laser Center for more information or to schedule your consultation.