Laser Treatments FAQ

+ What Is IPL Pulsed Light Skin Renewal?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light, which can be used to treat a variety of conditions. These include sun-related skin conditions such as freckles and brown spots. IPL treatment can be applied to many areas of the body, but is primarily applied to the neck, chest, hands, and face. At Prairie Bliss, we use the IPL for superior pulsed light skin renewal. Skin renewal using IPL will safely treat many common skin problems such as fine lines, rosacea, spider veins, sun damaged skin, age spots, uneven texture and tone. Many of these skin problems can cause you to look older. With this treatment light is delivered to the surface of the skin using light pulses which helps to improve the skins tone and texture. Results are more vibrant and glowing skin. IPL is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure and is regarded as very safe and effective.

+ How Does IPL Pulsed Light Skin Renewal Work?

While IPL is being administered, patients must wear protective eyewear. Your medical laser technician will then apply the smooth surface of the IPL hand piece to your skin. Light will be transferred in pulses. The renewal treatment involves the removal of the damaged outer layers of skin using a medical carbon dioxide laser. Several layers of damaged cells will be removed displaying a new more even textured layer of skin. Our specialized pulsed light can target specific problem areas, vaporizing the outer layers of skin to a precise depth. Collagen production is stimulated through this process which helps firm and tighten the skin.

+ Am I a Candidate?

If you are concerned about the effects of the sun on your skin (brown spots, rosacea, chronic redness, flushing, rough texture,) or want to eliminate fine lines, rosacea, spider veins, or age spots, IPL Pulsed Light Skin Renewal can work for you! This treatment is especially effective for women and men between the ages of 18 and 60, who are still only experiencing the early signs of aging, and are seeking to postpone more aggressive surgical treatment down the road. Ideal for women and men who have suffered from sun damage and want younger and healthier looking skin. Schedule your complimentary consultation to determine if IPL Pulsed Light Skin Renewal is right for you.

+ How long does treatment take?

The procedure usually takes 15-60 minutes, depending on the number of treatment areas. Typical sessions usually last 10-15 minutes. This procedure requires no downtime, so you may return to your regular activities immediately following treatment.

+ Does It Hurt?

This procedure is generally considered very mild. You will experience some mild sensations as the pulses of light are passed over your skin, like a slight snapping or tingling.

+ What Are the Side Effects?

Directly following your treatment your skin may feel swollen, numb, and have a slight pink hue. You may experience mild to significant swelling the night and morning following treatment. Swelling may be reduced by sleeping with your head elevated. Side effects can vary depending on the aggressiveness of your session. With a more aggressive treatment, your skin may have a "sunburned" look for about 48 hours. You may also develop a brown, freckled appearance similar to coffee grinds. This typically occurs in areas with brown pigmentation. This pigmentation or any redness can last up to a week. You should avoid the sun as much as possible. Always wear an SPF and hat if prolonged sun exposure is necessary.

+ What Results Should I Expect and For How Long?

You will notice some results shortly after treatment, however, depending on the severity of your skin problems you may require several treatments. Each individual's skin is very different in colour, tone, and damage so the number of treatments required can vary. Improvement is gradual, but after a series of approximately 6 treatments once per month, more dramatic effects can be noticed. Results from a series of treatments can last for several years or longer depending on your future amount of sun exposure. After receiving 6 treatments, general maintenance treatments may be performed from time to time.

+ Am I a candidate for laser hair removal treatment?

Laser hair removal is not for everyone. The absolute requirement is that the hair you wish to have removed must be darker than the surrounding skin. Additionally, very darkly pigmented people absorb too much laser energy in their skin and are not candidates for most laser treatment. These darker skinned patients require the use of highly specialized lasers which are also available at our clinic. Darkly tanned individuals with light hair are not ideal candidates. In most cases coarse hair responds to laser or IPL light as well as fine hair.

+ Does my skin color matter for laser hair removal?

Light skin makes laser hair removal easier to perform. Fewer treatments are required and better, faster results are obtained. People with darker skin can be treated, but more sessions are required, and greater expertise is required on the part of the laser center. Laser hair removal must be individualized for each patient.

+ Does hair color matter?

Dark hair absorbs more laser energy making it easier to treat, and coarse dark hair responds to treatment the best of all. Light hair is more difficult to treat. Blonde or red hair are the most challenging and multiple treatment sessions are required and yield variable results. Blonde, grey, and red hair usually contain pheomelanin which is less effective at absorbing laser energy than the eumelanin pigment which is present in black or brown hair.

+ Why does laser hair removal require multiple treatments?

Although one laser session can produce long term hair removal, as a rule multiple treatment sessions are necessary to obtain optimal results. A large part this is due to the fact that laser hair removal is most effective for hair which is in the anagen phase of growth. Since hair grows in cycles, not all of the hairs are in the anagen phase at any given time, and additional sessions are necessary to catch all of the hairs when they are in the anagen phase.

+ Can laser remove all hair permanently?

Waxing, shaving, and tweezing all provide temporary hair removal. Several of the newer lasers such as the IPL have clearly documented proof that there is permanent hair reduction after each treatment. The FDA has approved several lasers for permanent hair reduction, and more results with additional lasers are pending. The results tend to be additive i.e. more treatments lead to greater degrees of permanent hair reduction. For any given patient results cannot be precisely predicted. Results can be variable, even with the best lasers.

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