The Syneron ELOS Plus system is the newest version to perform Photofacial or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin rejuvenation. At MD Ageless by completing a series of approximately 4 to 6 treatments, you can expect to see gradual fading or lightening of pigmented lesions (freckles, brown, sun, or age spots, melasma etc.) and vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots, telangectasias, rosacea etc.). You may also see a reduction in pore size and fine lines.
Ideally the treatments should be done every three to four weeks. The total number of treatments needed varies and may be as few as two or more than five.
What to do after your treatment.
Possible temporary mild side effects
Whether CO2 or erbium, skin resurfacing lasers target the water content in the skin, and thus treats both pigmented and normal skin cells. An IPL (intense pulsed light) device is more color specific, targeting pigmented spots and blood vessels, leaving the surrounding skin essentially intact and untreated. Does a laser facial hurt? The treatment is not painful, and thus does not require any topical numbing prior to treatment. Some have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Immediately following the treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn, and the skin will show diffuse patchy pink areas. This typically fades in a day or two, but does not lead to any downtime. There is no pain or discomfort after treatment.
Laser treatment of dark skin was once a risky procedure. The ELOS Plus laser system has revolutionized laser skin rejuvenation by combining two types of energy, thus delivering a safer treatment. This laser has been uniquely designed to protect the skin during treatment and to be used in many darker skin types. Darker skin types require more conservative settings and more expertise to perform safely.
The treatment can be performed on any area of the body. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. Other than the face, the most popular areas are the neck, hands, chest, and shoulders.
IPL treatments should be avoided in hair bearing areas of the face in men, since the treatment may also lead to unintended permanent hair reduction. In these areas, fractionated resurfacing would be a much better and safer alternative.
The number of laser facial (intense pulsed light) treatments depends on the area treated and the severity of sun damage. Typically, 2-4 treatments are required, although patients with more extensive pigmentation may require more treatments.
Most patients start to see some results after the first treatment. You will initially notice darkening of the pigment that was treated, that will begin to exfoliate after a few days. While many patients see great results after the first session, it still takes 2-4 treatments to obtain the results you desire.
You should refrain from any tanning or self-tanner products during treatment. The lighter the skin in comparison to the color of the pigmentation, the more effective the light is at targeting the pigment. Tanning of the skin can cause unwanted side effects to occur as well.