55-64 year old woman treated with Photofacial for hands

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IPL photo rejuvenation, also known as photofacial, is a light based treatment that feels similar to laser, but has less downtime. IPL is a very popular treatment that effectively addresses many skin concerns such as sun damage, freckles, age spots, broken vessels, redness, fine lines and texture. A series of 3-5 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart are usually recommended. There is little to no downtime with this treatment, and results are seen in as little as 2 weeks. What does IPL do? Pulsed Light Treatment causes selective heating of the target (pigment and vessels) with minimal to no heating of the non-targeted tissue. For redness and vascular lesions, the target is hemoglobin (blood). For other skin treatments such as sun damage and freckles, the target is pigment cells and water. During treatment, the target absorbs the laser light and rapidly increases in temperature altering the cells of the skin or vessel. Many vessels disappear immediately and freckling/sun damage will come to the surface of the skin and fall off in 1-2 weeks.

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