Photorejuvenation / IPL

Photorejuvenation or IPL (as is is sometimes called) treats browns spots, age spots, redness, and fine lines.

Photorejuvenation or IPL has been done in the U.S. for many years.  Patients report a very high rate of satsfaction with IPL or photorejuvenation. We have been performing this IPL/Photorejuvenation laser service since we opened our dermatology and laser center here on First Hill in Seattle in 1999.

What is Photorejuvenation?  Photorejuvenation is a treatment that uses an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to reduce redness, enlarged blood vessels, and lighten superficial brown spots.  It induces collagen production and may decrease fine lines.  In many cases large pores may shrink slightly.

How does the photorejuvenation treatment improve the appearance of sun damage, blood vessels, rosacea, and brown spots?  The Photorejuvenation device emits light at wavelengths that target blood vessels and the brown pigment (melanin) in freckles and sun/age spots.  The light beam passes through the skin and selectively damages the pigment or blood vessels which are then absorbed by the body naturally, making them less visible.

How many treatments will I need?  Generally, a series of 3-5 treatments are performed, one every 3 to 6 weeks, with a gradual clearing occurring over several months.

Will I need maintenance treatments after my initial series?  We recommend a treatment every 6-12 months to maintain results. If you have rosacea and/or are very red, twice a year or more may be needed.

Will there be any discomfort with this treatment?  There may be mild discomfort during the treatments, but most patients tolerate photorejuvenation easily.  We will provide you with a topical numbing cream that you apply one hour before each of your treatments to reduce discomfort during your treatment.

Who should NOT have this treatment?  Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should not have this treatment.  Let your nurse know if you are taking anticoagulants, antibiotics, or medications for high blood pressure as these may make you temporarily more sensitive to the laser light.

Who will do the treatment (s)?  The treatment(s) will be performed by Vio Mirza, RN in conjunction with your provider.  Your doctor/PA-C is usually on site during the laser treatment(s).  On the rare occasion when your doctor/PA-C is not on site, she is available either by cell phone or pager.

Want more information on Photorejuvenation?

Click here to see Dr. Irwin’s Video Demonstration of IPL/Photorejuvenation Laser for Brown Spots and Redness

Click here to see Dr. Irwin’s Guide to IPL/Photorejuvenation Laser Treatments for Brown Spots and Redness