The Secret to Clear, Radiant Skin
How to get a natural looking, healthy radiance…
Did you know that as we age, skin problems like pigmentation, sun damage, brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, and rosacea become more prominent and common? While some of us might be missing those long hot summer days, we should all be aware now how the sun can wreak havoc on skin. Fortunately, as always, Diamond Laser has a solution, making it even easier to say goodbye to blemishes and uneven skin. Photo rejuvenation is the ultimate winter skin treatment, gifting younger, firmer, glowing skin with a clear, radiant, even tone.
Diamond Laser Medispa prides themselves on providing latest technology skin treatments that enhance each client’s natural beauty. Thanks to their skincare expert Olivia, we have the lowdown on everything you need to know about photo rejuvenation, and why you should book a treatment this winter.
What exactly is photo rejuvenation?
Photo rejuvenation is a popular, non-invasive treatment used to improve many skin conditions. It uses specific wavelengths of light to treat brown pigmented and red vascular lesions in the skin, simultaneously stimulating the production of collagen. It’s gentler than similar treatments like chemical peels, and improvements can be seen from just the first appointment. Photo rejuvenation is recommended in winter because you’ll need to stay out of the sun for four weeks prior to and after treatment.
How does it work?
Photo rejuvenation works on the ‘Theory of Photothermolysis’. Freckles, sunspots, port wine marks and skin discoloration are patches of the brown pigment melanin. IPL (intense-pulsed light) lasers target these spots of unwanted pigment, which absorb the light and begin to break down, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The cells that contain the pigment naturally move toward the surface of the skin and shed – leaving behind much lighter pigmented cells.
What are the key treatment areas?
The most common treatment area is the face, but you can treat any part of your body that experiences:
- freckles, sunspots, and general pigmentation
- facial vascular lesions, spider veins, broken capillaries, and red spots
- diffused redness, rosacea, and red scarring
- uneven and blotchy skin
- sun damage
How many treatments are needed, and how far apart are they?
Pigmented lesions generally require one to three sessions performed approximately every seven to 28 days, or when all the darkened cells have completely shed.
Skin rejuvenation generally requires two to six treatments performed at weekly or fortnightly intervals to achieve the best results in skin texture, pore size and firmness. Improvements can continue to be noted up to three months after the last treatment.
What does Photo Rejuvenation feel like?
Each pulse of light usually feels like a hot elastic band snapping on your skin. This is due to the light converting to heat in the targeted lesion. Thanks to the advanced technology and cool-glide system, patient comfort is substantially better than any other medical-grade systems.
What happens to the pigmented and vascular lesions after the treatment?
Pigmented lesions will generally go darker, then will naturally fade, or fall off within seven to 28 days (depending on the area of the body). Vascular lesions such as broken blood vessels will either disappear immediately or appear purplish or grey/black in colour. They will then gradually fade or disappear. Diffused redness will usually appear immediately redder, then gradually fade within two to three weeks.
What sort of results can I expect?
A 70-90% reduction of pigmentation can generally be expected with visible improvements seen after each treatment. Recommended skin care and strict sun protection helps to maintain results for much longer and continue to improve the skin’s appearance. Using the correct prescribed skin care following your treatment will net better results.
How should we expect the skin to react after the treatment?
This varies from person to person, however, some experience a sunburn-like sensation lasting two-to-five hours, with redness and swelling lasting up to several days, or sensitivity to heat felt for two days post-treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are uncommon, but potential complications include prolonged redness and swelling, darker or whiter patches of pigment, or in extremely rare cases, blistering.
Who will perform my photo rejuvenation treatments?
Your treatments will be performed by one of our dermal therapists, who are all qualified and experienced photo rejuvenation and laser safety officers.
10a/29 Totara Street, Taupō
07 378 4823