As young people, we never appreciate our dewy, healthy-looking skin. Then, as we age and we begin to see noticeable changes in our appearance we long for the days when the suppleness of our skin was the least of our concerns. There are many different ways to achieve a more youthful look, some surgical, some injectable. But for patients who’d prefer an intervention with less downtime, we recommend Laser Skin Rejuvenation.
This treatment, commonly called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), uses a broad spectrum of light to target and remove unwanted pigmentation while also boosting your body’s own production of collagen.
It sounds like a miracle treatment, right? Well, even though laser skin rejuvenation is highly effective, it isn’t appropriate for everyone. If you find fall into any of the following categories, you may not be eligible for this treatment.
You’ve Recently Had Fillers
Dermal fillers can be impacted by the heat that is produced during laser skin rejuvenation. If you’ve recently had fillers it would not be a good time to undergo this treatment. However, it is completely fine to reverse the order of these treatments. Having fillers injected after a laser treatment will not have the same negative side effects.
You're On Medication
If you’re currently on an antibiotic or take ongoing medications like hormone replacements or chemotherapy, you should speak first with your doctor before undergoing any kind of skin treatment. Often these medications cause your skin to be more sensitive, especially to light, and the use of laser treatment could cause injury to the skin.
You're Pregnant Or Breastfeeding
As of yet, there is little to no research about the effects of laser skin rejuvenation or laser hair removal treatments on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For this reason, we cannot recommend it. Once your pregnancy is over, IPL is a powerful tool for correcting melasma and other skin conditions that occur due to pregnancy.
You Have A Dark Complexion
Whether your skin is naturally dark due to your race or ethnicity or you darken in the sun or through the use of tanning creams, dark skin does not handle IPL well. Laser treatments target pigment which is how they so powerfully remove freckles, sun damage, and other signs of aging. Skin that is deeply pigmented can burn.
If you fall in one of the aforementioned categories you likely are not a good candidate for laser skin rejuvenation. However, with a consultation, we can recommend a treatment to meet your specific skincare goals. Contact us today to schedule an IPL treatment or to learn about your other skin rejuvenation options.