Dr. Pechman, R-mediSpa’s medical director, believes every women age thirty and over with moderately pigmented skin (Fitzpatrick type I-III) should consider having Photofacials/IPL treatments done to assist in correcting years of photo damage. Many cosmetic flaws can be the result of genetics, pregnancy, environmental factors or medications. At R-mediSpa we use the Harmony®XL to give Photofacial/IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments. Photofacial/IPL treatments can safely and effectively treat vascular and pigmented lesions and can help improve conditions such as: port wine stains, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, erythema, rosacea and poikilderma of Civette. The Photofacial/IPL uses a selective pulsed light energy precisely absorbed by the targeted area, all without damaging healthy skin.
Benign vascular lesions, usually red in color, are lesions caused by an abnormal clustering of blood vessels. By selectively heating and closing off these blood vessels, the Photofacial/IPL pulsed light reduces the lesions while sparing nearby tissue from injury. Pigmented lesions are clusters of melanin and can appear brown, as these pigmented lesions are treated; the light energy heats the melanin in the lesions and causes it to fragment. The melanin fragments are then absorbed by the body and eliminated. During a treatment smooth consistent light pulses ensure the energy delivered to the skin is gentle and effective. Patients may feel the sensation of a light rubber band snap to the skin. After treatment patients can immediately resume regular activities. It is important to note sun tanning may cause an adverse response to this treatment and should be avoided. Most patients require four to six treatments three to four weeks apart for optimal results. This treatment is great for treating hyperpigmentation as well!
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