Elos Plus IPL

The Syneron ELOS Plus system is the newest version to perform Photofacial or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin rejuvenation. At MD Ageless by completing a series of approximately 4 to 6 treatments, you can expect to see gradual fading or lightening of pigmented lesions (freckles, brown, sun, or age spots, melasma etc.) and vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots, telangectasias, rosacea etc.). You may also see a reduction in pore size and fine lines.

How often apart are done the treatments?

Ideally the treatments should be done every three to four weeks. The total number of treatments needed varies and may be as few as two or more than five.

What are the things you should do prior?

  • Avoid sun exposure, or use sun protection with a complete sun block containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • If you are deeply tanned you need to wait 4-6 weeks in order to avoid the possibility of hyperpigmentation.
  • Stop applying medications to skin or irritating agents to the skin 1-2 days before treatment.
  • Skin should be clean without makeup, deodorant, perfume, sunscreen etc.
  • Wait 2 weeks after peel or injections to have a treatment.

Post Treatment What to do after your treatment.

  • Avoid sun exposure to treated area during your series of treatments. If you may be exposed to the sun use a sunblock containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • Avoid microdermabrasion, exfoliating or using irritating products such as Retinoids for a few days after treatment.
  • Avoid extreme heat to the treatment area.

Side Effects
Possible temporary mild side effects

  • Discomfort, warmth or tingling
  • Swelling and redness
  • Scabbing, crusting or blistering
  • Darkening of pigmented lesions before becoming lighter

What is the difference between IPL laser facial treatment and laser skin resurfacing?

Whether CO2 or erbium, skin resurfacing lasers target the water content in the skin, and thus treats both pigmented and normal skin cells. An IPL (intense pulsed light) device is more color specific, targeting pigmented spots and blood vessels, leaving the surrounding skin essentially intact and untreated. Does a laser facial hurt? The treatment is not painful, and thus does not require any topical numbing prior to treatment. Some have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

What should I expect after an IPL laser facial treatment?

Immediately following the treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn, and the skin will show diffuse patchy pink areas. This typically fades in a day or two, but does not lead to any downtime. There is no pain or discomfort after treatment.

Does the ELOS Plus work on darker skin colors?

Laser treatment of dark skin was once a risky procedure. The ELOS Plus laser system has revolutionized laser skin rejuvenation by combining two types of energy, thus delivering a safer treatment. This laser has been uniquely designed to protect the skin during treatment and to be used in many darker skin types. Darker skin types require more conservative settings and more expertise to perform safely.

Other than the face, what parts of the body can be treated with IPL?

The treatment can be performed on any area of the body. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. Other than the face, the most popular areas are the neck, hands, chest, and shoulders.

Are there any areas that should not be treated?

IPL treatments should be avoided in hair bearing areas of the face in men, since the treatment may also lead to unintended permanent hair reduction. In these areas, fractionated resurfacing would be a much better and safer alternative.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of laser facial (intense pulsed light) treatments depends on the area treated and the severity of sun damage. Typically, 2-4 treatments are required, although patients with more extensive pigmentation may require more treatments.

How soon should I expect results?

Most patients start to see some results after the first treatment. You will initially notice darkening of the pigment that was treated, that will begin to exfoliate after a few days. While many patients see great results after the first session, it still takes 2-4 treatments to obtain the results you desire.

Can I use a spray-on tan between treatments?

You should refrain from any tanning or self-tanner products during treatment. The lighter the skin in comparison to the color of the pigmentation, the more effective the light is at targeting the pigment. Tanning of the skin can cause unwanted side effects to occur as well.

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