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Dermapure has selected intense pulsed light technology platforms that help correct complexion imperfections such as pigment spots caused or heightened by exposure to sunlight and which also diminish the appearance of certain vascular problems such as couperosis and rosacea—all in a single session.
One of the main advantages of pulsed light is its ability to reach various depths beneath the epidermis, allowing the technology to be used for different purposes depending on the condition being treated. A cut-off filter inserted into the device’s universal applicator establishes the wavelength at which light reaches the different layers of skin where it delivers its therapeutic benefits. Photorejuvenation requires that the light spectrum reach between 515 and 560 nanometers in depth. Delivered by a series of pulses, the emitted light seeks out colour contrasts beneath the skin to dry out and eliminate tiny blood vessels and visible brown or red spots.
The results are visible and will appear gradually. As well as a temporary darkening of spots, you may experience increased redness and normal desquamation following the treatment. There is no downtime. Photorejuvenation is an effective and recognized treatment that promotes a unified complexion and restores skin’s youthful appearance.
We already know that UV rays alter skin cells by breaking down their DNA chain and negatively impacting the natural production of melanin, collagen and elastin. This partially explains the appearance of brown hyperpigmentation patches, light spots, freckles and dilated blood vessels seen on certain parts of the body.
Since skin on the face, neck and décolleté is more susceptible to UV exposure, intense pulse light treatments can be very beneficial. The back and hands are also popular treatment areas. A full treatment will require approximately one hour in clinic.
Cleansing the skin—starting with a clean “canvas”—is an essential first step in your photorejuvenation session. To maximize the skin-cleansing process, our technicians use Clarisonic® sonic technology which cleanses skin six times better than manual cleansing by effectively removing all traces of makeup.
Protective eyewear, which may include small blackout goggles, helps protect eyes from light rays. While it is perfectly normal to perceive several flashes of light during the session, your eye protection ensures complete safety at all times.
A protective cooling gel is applied over the entire treatment area to help the applicator glide easily over the skin surface while protecting it from burns. The gel also improves comfort during your session by providing a refreshing cool sensation in contrast to the heat of pulsed light.
Adjusting the parameters on the pulsed light device is part of the treatment process. Since everyone’s skin is different, your technician will assess your individual needs. These include the treatment area itself, your phototype (skin colour) and the extent of lesions to treat. Parameters are not always fixed and are often modified during treatment to adapt to your skin’s reactiveness and, more importantly, to alternate between red spots and pigment spots which manifest at different skin depths.
Feeling the pulsed light on your skin for the very first time can be a bit of a surprise—the initial pinching sensation causes some patients to flinch slightly! The treatment is not painful, however, and the applicator creates a sensation of diffused heat as it glides over the skin. A smaller applicator tip is sometimes uses to treat smaller areas such as the sides/tips of nostrils.
When your session is over, the gel is removed and your skin is cleansed. To help calm the “warming” sensation felt after treatment and to help protect skin, a hydrating cream is applied carefully to the entire treatment area, followed by a mineral sunscreen.
Prices vary depending on areas to be treated
Reasonable rates that rival those of our competitors!
12, 24 or 26 months
3 to 5 sessions with a minimum frequency of one per month are normally needed to achieve the very best results. Your skin has its own built-in memory and can “remember” lesions from over the last 10 years; the therapeutic benefits of pulsed light are cumulative so it’s important to follow up to help create a radiant-looking complexion. Subsequently, a light yearly maintenance session ensures that your results are maintained over time.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should postpone this type of treatment as well as anyone who has been exposed to sunlight in the months before and after each session. Booth tanning, self-tanning products and taking photo-sensitizing medication are forbidden.