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Intense Pulse Light FAQs

What’s the Photo Genesis difference?

It’s different because it provides results without sacrificing comfort. The intense pulse light treatment target rosacea, brown spots or sun damage with light wavelengths that are at a comfortable level.

It is also important to know the difference between light and laser in this instance. Photo Genesis uses light wavelengths to heat the skin, not lasers. Using light decreases the risk of any abnormal healing or side effects.

What areas can be treated?

Almost every part of the skin on your body can be treated with Photo Genesis. The face, shoulders, chest and arms usually receive the most attention because they’re more exposed to the sun. Although, any area where age spots, redness or an unkindly skin tone occurs, can also be treated. Spots, freckles and red skin all respond extremely well to Photo Genesis skin rejuvenation treatment.

What does the treatment do?

The Intense Pulse Light treatment delivers light to pigments in the skin, which is absorbed by spots and red blemishes. The heating of the pigment causes a therapeutic effect to occur as the body naturally removes the imperfections.

Will I need anaesthetic?

No, you won’t need any anaesthetic or even a topical gel for the procedure. It’s a completely non-invasive and non-ablative treatment, with no incisions or needles.

What do Intense Pulse Light treatments feel like?

IPL Photo Genesis treatment is virtually painless. There is no discomfort as the handpiece is placed on the skin, and all patients at Prescription Skin Care are made to feel as comfortable as possible. The worst a patient will feel during treatment is a slight pinch as the pulse of light is briefly delivered to the target area.

How long will the treatment take?

The whole process will take around 30 minutes, although the actual treatment only lasts a few minutes. There will also be a short observation period after the procedure to make sure you’re feeling alright, and the procedure was a success.

How many treatments will I need

Normally, just 1 or 2 treatments are necessary before patients begin to see and feel the results. This amount does vary, with particularly sun damaged areas, larger numbers of freckles or darker age/sun spots requiring more treatment time.

What happens after the treatment?

Following any IPL treatment, patients may notice spots that are darker as well as red skin in the treated area. This is normal following Photo Genesis and will typically subside in the coming hours.

A Prescription Skin Care expert will provide you with advice on how to best look after your skin in the coming weeks as the results begin to become visible.

When will I see results?

Patients should begin to see changes to their skin in around a week as spots, and red skin starts to flake and fade away. Within three weeks you should be able to notice a significant improvement. The final result could take up to a month to become fully apparent.

You’ll likely begin to see improvements in just over a week. But, to get the best results, patients usually visit Prescription Skin Care for 3-5 treatments. Normally 3-6 weeks apart.

How long will the results last?

The length of the results depends on the responsibility of the patient. The more exposure you have to the sun, the more likely it is for previous issues to return.

It’s important to continuously protect yourself from the sun as more spots and red areas show themselves after enough exposure. Sunscreen and protection are crucial in reducing the effects of the sun on your skin and complexion.