IPL - Photofacial Maui

Candidacy for Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation – also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment – is a popular procedure prized for all of the following benefits:

  • Lighten and remove skin blemishes, including sun spots, age spots, and brown blotches all across the body
  • Control and reduce flushing
  • Improve skin texture through collagen stimulation, forcing the skin to produce more elastin and collagen that smoothes out wrinkles and improves skin smoothness
  • Reduce redness on the face, neck, and chest, including rosacea, dilated blood vessels, and broken blood vessel problems

Some people have lived with a certain unwanted skin blemish their entire lives. Others have noticed more and more sun damage (pigmented lesions) appear on their skin as they mature. Regardless, the aesthetic providers of MediSpa Maui can help.

Photorejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light

The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions and skin photoaging treatments. intense light is applied in a series of pulses over the treatment area. The light energy safely targets the pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots. Vascular lesions are also targeted and gradually lightened over a series of treatments. The brown spots will darken and come to the surface before sloughing off over the next one to two weeks.

What are pigmented lesions?

Pigmented lesions are hypermelanocytic areas typically induced by sun exposure, the natural aging process or congenital factors. Pigmented lesions vary widely in size, shape and depth. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which targets the melanin is effective in treating benign lesions and clearing them.

How does Photorejuvenation work?

Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions).  The body’s natural processes then clear the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

What improvement will I see?

Patients will see a significant reduction of brown and red areas of pigmentation in the skin as well as a reduction in small red blood vessels after a series of 3-5 treatments. Improvement in tone and texture of skin along with decreased appearance in pore size may also be experienced. The skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated.

How many treatments will I need?

For optimal results, a series of 3-5 treatments are recommended with 3-4 weeks in between each treatment. After a series is completed, a maintenance treatment is recommended 1-2 times per year or as directed by our office.


Photos Courtesy of Brian Stolley, MD ~ Individual results may vary.

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