At the Niagara Dermatology Centre, our qualified dermatologist Dr. Kevin Sloan provides skin treatments using laser technology to give patients like you even, smooth and blemish-free skin. Contact our centre to learn more or to book you consultation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is a treatment that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, signs of aging, birthmarks, unsightly small veins, unsightly redness, rosacea, and other blemishes. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. This new procedure is called Photorejuvenation.
How is the Photorejuvenation procedure performed?
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated and you will be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. An anesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Treatment is generally administered in a series of procedures that provides excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. Each treatment takes about 20 to 40 minutes.
Why are multiple treatments necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of 5 or 6 treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature that people appreciate so much.
How do other treatments compare to Photorejuvenation?
While there are lasers that treat red spots, there are other lasers that treat brown spots and others that are used for resurfacing facial skin, no technology provides the long-term improvement of complexion and texture of the IPL Photorejuvenation program—all without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.
What conditions can Photorejuvenation treat?
Conditions include imperfections from sun damage and photoaging. Enlarged pores, dull complexions and other facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your wellbeing and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel. IPL technology improves both the superficial and deeper skin layers and rejuvenates the skin while at the same time delivering beneficial thermal energy to deep tissue. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin. The same treatment can be used effectively on the neck, the chest and the hands.
Benign Vascular Lesions: Broken Veins and Capillaries
The face has an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, aging, trauma, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of them to break appearing as red streaks or blotches on the face. IPL therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blemishes.
Symptoms of Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that leaves people red-faced from dilated blood vessels and chronic flushing. Rosacea can also cause pimples and /or blisters on the nose and cheeks. For women and men, IPL can successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness without injuring the surrounding healthy skin, while greatly reducing the episodes of flushing with long-term effectiveness.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Light energy produced by the Light Sheer laser is absorbed by the dark pigment at the root of the hair. The pigment is vaporized, causing several hair follicles to become disabled or eliminated. This usually results in the effective removal of unwanted hair.
Why the Light Sheer Laser?
The Light Sheer state of the art technology is one of the world’s most advanced. It was developed from years of research at Massachusetts General Hospital. This is the laser currently being used at the University of Toronto’s department of Dermatology as well as the private offices of many cosmetic dermatologists in Ontario. The Light Sheer is one of the safest hair removal lasers on the market with the ability to treat all skin types. It is the first diode laser to receive FDA approval for permanent hair reduction.
Who can benefit from laser hair removal?
Both men and women with dark hair in any location of their body will respond. Those with lighter skin tones will respond the best. Blonde, red, grey or white hair does not respond to laser treatment. Thick, course hair responds better than finer hair.
How many treatments are required?
The Light Sheer laser works by disabling hairs that are principally in the active growth phase. Since not all hair follicles will be in the active growth phase at one time, additional treatments will be necessary. Studies have shown that after 3 treatments, the amount of permanent hair reduction will average 50 to 85%.
Does it hurt?
You will likely experience a tingling sensation but most people tolerate this well. We recommend the application of a topical anesthetic cream (EMLA or Betacaine) at home prior to the procedure.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Within several minutes, the treated area may become slightly red and puffy and may feel like a sunburn. This reaction normally subsides quickly and within a day or so, the area returns to normal. Most people return to normal activity right away. There may be a residue of hair left in the follicle, which appears as a dark spot. Some people may experience some scabbing or blistering. This is temporary and will resolve in a few days.
During your consultation with Dr. Sloan you will be given specific pre and post treatment instructions. Following these instructions will help to reduce any adverse side-effects and maximize the effectiveness of the laser treatment.