Photorejuvenation IPL™ skin treatments are safe, effective and a popular way to improve the signs of aging on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This is an office procedure performed by a physician or trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each performed at three week intervals. At Focus Medical Spa, doctors and the staff customize IPL treatment to each individual’s specific skin type and condition, providing the best possible result. We use Lumenis One™ IPL which has been available and FDA-cleared since 1995. This patent technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced circles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring, and other blemishes. Photorejuvenation IPL skin treatment can be customized to be used in conjunction with BOTOX® / RESTYLANE and microdermabrasion. Best of all, it is an office procedure with no down time.
Acne is a skin condition that mostly affects adolescents as a result of overactivity of the oil glands and the canals that bring these oils to the surface become blocked with keratin.
Years of untreated acne can leave a lifelong imprint on a person’s face and can be a detriment to his or her self image. One of the new technologies for acne treatment is blue light. IPL™ Photorejuvenation or laser used with Levulan™ can also treat acne. After consultation with our medical staff at Focus Medical Spa, a unique protocol will be customized to the patient’s specific needs and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Lumenis One® is a true fourth generation Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system with patented state of the art technology which optimizes power, pulsing and light delivery to provide maximum results, comfort and safety. Lumenis invented IPL and continues to perfect it. With more clinical papers and more physicians using Lumenis IPL systems, Lumenis IPL is the Gold Standard and Lumenis One® is the flagship system.
Advanced technology can be expensive. While other practices may promote similar treatments with cheaper, lower-powered technology, there is a visible difference in results. Our practice believes in providing only the very best treatment for our patients and has made the investment in the Lumenis One®.
Lumenis One® delivers a special range of wavelengths of light in customizable pulses through a sapphire tip gently onto your skin. The light is absorbed either superficially by broken capillaries and dark pigment or deeper by larger vessels and collagen. Dilated capillaries coagulate, pigmented lesions darken and then slough off and new collagen fibers are laid down, giving the skin a renewed and more youthful appearance.
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth, cold surface of the Lumenis One® IPL handpiece is gently touched to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight stinging like the snapping of a rubber band. An anesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Each treatment typically takes about 20 minutes. In general, excellent long term results can usually be achieved with a series of four to six treatments.
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating and the severity of each, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk, preserving the convenience of a “no downtime” procedure.
As we age we begin to notice our skin showing signs of time, sun damage and lifestyle choices. These facial imperfections can detract from our appearance and well-being. Photorejuvenation offers dramatic improvement to multiple conditions such as spider veins, age spots, sun spots, sun damage, mottled pigmentation, ruddy complexion, freckles, and rosacea, creating younger, smoother and healthier looking skin with little or no downtime.
How Does the FotoFacial® RF Procedure Work?
The FotoFacial® RF procedure is a series of five or more full face treatments, usually three to four weeks apart. Each treatment takes 15 to 30 minutes. A new device called the Aurora® uses patented technology developed by Syneron. Technically not a laser, the Aurora, delivers a burst of light energy synchronized with a low intensity electrical pulse of radio frequency energy.
This combination produces very efficient heating of dilated blood vessels, darkly pigmented spots, and hair follicles causing these unwanted marks to gradually fade after each treatment.
At the same time, the dermis is heated and fibroblasts are stimulated to produce new collagen. The new collagen lessens wrinkles and scars, smoothes surface texture, shrinks dilated pores, and tightens loose skin. In a recent study conducted by Drs. Bitter and Mulholland, the FotoFacial® RF procedure diminished the appearance of fine lines on average about 60%. This degree of improvement is about twice as much as other non-invasive light and laser based treatments.
You will notice your skin feeling smoother immediately following the treatment. Dark spots and broken capillaries may be more noticeable for the first week but then will begin to fade, oftentimes they will fade away completely. Your skin color will begin to look more even after a week and any fine lines or wrinkles will begin to smooth with each treatment.
“My skin looks more beautiful and radiant than it has in years.”
-Jane T. Age 38 – Aesthetician and Spa Director
“My brown spots are gone and I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my skin tone.”
-Terrie K. Age 42 – Mother
How does the Aurora AC treat my acne?
The Aurora uses a specific spectrum of light that targets the bacteria that actually causes acne. When this bacteria proliferates in clogged pores it can cause bumpy and inflamed acne lesions. The Aurora AC combines light and gentle radiofrequency energies to decrease proliferation of acne causing bacteria, and may also affect the sebaceous gland from overproduction of oil and promote healing of the skin after acne breakouts.
Treatment is very safe for all skin tones, even very dark skin. There are many advances in the Aurora technology that make it one of the safest acne treatment systems available. There are no long-term health hazards from light or radiofrequency energies used in the Aurora. Both have been used for decades in medicine, surgery, and aesthetics without adversity.
Over a series of treatments with the Aurora AC, most patients notice a faster healing time of existing acne lesions. Frequency and severity of acne lesions should subside as the treatments go on. As well, ongoing treatment can help to prevent acne breakouts and promote skin healing after acne breakouts, by evening out skin tone and texture.
Treatments are done twice a week for four – six weeks. Each treatment session takes approximately 15 minutes. After the initial series of treatments, your clinician may prescribe additional treatments spread out over a longer interval time to fine tune your therapy and help maintain the results.
The sensation is often described as a “hot pinch,” or “snapping” feeling. The sensation only lasts for a fraction of a second, and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterward. The cooling tip that touches the skin surface makes the treatment both comfortable and safe. Most patients do not use topical anesthetic to numb the skin for this procedure.
Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time, and most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment. Every patient responds differently, but most patients report that they notice improvement as early as three weeks into the treatment series.
Anyone who wants an alternative to traditional topical or oral therapies for acne, or who have not responded to traditional acne solutions. Acne on the face, chest, and back are all treatable with the Aurora AC. There are a few medical conditions that contraindicate people from treatment, which will be discussed with your Aurora clinician during consultation.