Laser rejuvenation has emerged as an effective, easy and painless way to make your skin look young again. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments make it possible to treat some of the most common skin problems, including acne, sun damage, rosacea, sunspots and uneven colouring.
While you don’t have to prepare a whole lot before your IPL rejuvenation treatments, you will want to follow some steps to ensure that you achieve the best results possible.
- Have realistic expectations. The degree of skin improvement will vary depending on the person and the condition being treated. IPL rejuvenation usually requires several sessions, since it takes time for the skin to produce collagen and heal naturally. However, you may notice improvements in your skin’s tone and texture after only one session.
- Don’t tan before your treatment. IPL rejuvenation treatments on tanned skin can cause a light striping effect, which won’t fade for a few weeks. Also avoid applying self-tanning creams, sprays or moisturizers for this same reason. Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to treatment and wear sunscreen and a hat to increase your protection from the sun.
- You may have to discontinue the use of certain oral acne medications like Accutane for several months prior to your treatments, since these medications can make your skin sensitive to the light emitted by the IPL device.
- One week before your treatment, avoid using vitamin-A-based creams such as Retin-A, and cosmetic products that contain glycolic acid, since they could increase skin sensitivity. If you need to use pain relief medication during the week prior to your treatment, take Tylenol. Aspirin or ibuprofen could increase your chances of bruising.
Even if you have to take a few precautions, IPL laser rejuvenation is still a great alternative to facelifts or surgery because you don’t need any downtime. Interested in learning more? The professionals at Perfect Form & Laser Hair Removal can answer any questions you may have. Call them 289-389-7563 to book an initial consultation, or visit the website at www.perfectformandlaser.ca.