PhotoRejuvenation is the combination of a special photo-sensitizing agent (Levulan® 5-aminolevulinic acid) with intense pulsed light (IPL). PhotoRejuvenation treatments are used for skin conditions that cannot be improved with surgery or semi-invasive procedures, such as chemical peels. The treatment is sometimes called a super-charged Fotofacial and is also known as Photodynamic Skin Rejuvenation. A single PhotoRejuvenation treatment can make significant improvements in:
- Sun-damaged skin
- Pre-cancerous skin lesions (actinic keratosis)
- Rough Patches of Skin
- Brown Pigmentation
- Facial Redness
- Pore size / skin texture
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia
- Moderate to severe cystic acne
The result of the procedure is improved skin texture, a reduction in fine lines and a reduced appearance of scars, sunspots, age spots and freckles. Dermacare Cosmetic Center offers PhotoRejuvenation for residents of Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ.
What happens during the PhotoRejuvenation treatment?
The photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to the skin and allowed to incubate approximately 1 hour. Following the incubation period, the Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment is performed which activates the Levulan. Patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, similar to the feeling of a sunburn. The patient may need multiple treatments, and treatments are typically scheduled three to four weeks apart.
When can normal activities be resumed after the PhotoRejuvenation treatment?
PhotoRejuvenation patients in Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ should stay out of the sun and bright light for 48 hours after the treatment. Over the following three to seven days, the skin will turn red and swollen followed by peeling skin. After one week, there might be some residual redness that will subside in a few more days and can be covered with makeup. Patients must follow all post-operative instructions to ensure that the treatment area heals properly.