Microdermabrasion and IPL for Skin Rejuvenation

Procedure name:IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Also known as:Intense Pulsed Light, Photo Rejuvenation, Photoderm
Great for:Sun damage, broken capillaries, surface veins, Rosacea, sun spots, pigmentation, Melasma, acne scarring, active acne
Procedure Name:Microdermabrasion
Also Known As:Dermabrasion
Great For:Active acne, anti-ageing, acne scars, enlarged pores, general skin rejuvenation

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

What is Microdermabrasion used for?

Lifestyle, our environment and the natural ageing process can all adversely affect our skin. As we age, fibroblast or cellular activity decreases and our skin’s strength and elasticity can wane. This can facilitate the appearance of lines and wrinkles as blood flow decreases, and the production of new skin cells drops dramatically.

Microdermabrasion can improve skin rejuvenation for:

  • Active Acne
  • Aging and Sun Damage
  • Acne Scars
  • Pigmentation Marks (suitable for Asian skin)
  • Stretch Marks
  • Fine Lip and Character Lines
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Improving Eczema and Psoriasis Conditions (controversial)

Are New Techniques as Abrasive as the Original Dermabrasion?

Earlier versions of this technique employed a rotating wire brush or diamond wheel to ‘sand down’ irregularities on the skin’s surface. This method overheated and burnt the skin, resulting in scarring, hypo pigmentation (removal of pigmentation) and hyper pigmentation (darkening of pigmentation). Some practitioners are still skilled in this technique but it is riskier than modern day microdermabrasion.

Modern day microdermabrasion was developed as a safer device and has been used in Europe since 1986.

What to Expect During Treatment

Microdermabrasion employs a modern mechanical exfoliation and gentle aspiration technique to resurface the skin. A diamond tipped abrasive disk is gently guided over the skin, erasing the layers at varying depths in a controlled manner. This technique minimises skin trauma, while a gentle suction is used to remove any dislodged skin cells.

Can I Combine Microdermabrasion With a Glycolic Peel?

Yes. Combining microdermabrasion with a glycolic peel (microdermabrasion deluxe) can produce even more dramatic results than just a standard treatment. The 30% glycolic acid peel is applied to the skin and is removed with the microdermabrasion machine. The glycolic acid breaks down and loosens more dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, helping the microdermabrasion to be even more effective. This deeper treatment is not recommended for people with sensitive skin, but is targeted more toward people with active acne, enlarged pores and tired looking skin.

Combining this with a course of IPL is a great treat for your skin.

What to Expect After Microdermabrasion Treatment?

This non-invasive technique respects the skin’s integrity, minimises trauma and creates healthy, vital skin through promoting new cell growth. It is possible to improve or eliminate some skin conditions and skin imperfections. Microdermabrasion will help create good skin tone, produce softer skin, may provide more even skin tone and produces healthy, glowing skin. The exfoliating technique can also minimise the size of skin pores to some degree, offering a more youthful appearance. It can reduce acne breakouts, renew elasticity and can improve the neck and smile lines. Having five or six treatments separated by one or two weeks often produces the best results.

The procedure is painless, requires little or no healing time and is very low risk. You may return to work after the 30 minute treatment. Healing time is generally 1 – 24 hours with minimal or no peeling or flaking.

IPL Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation (Photoderm) 

What is IPL Skin Rejuvenation?

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is non-invasive medical technology that uses light therapy to eliminate signs of ‘photo-ageing’ such as pigmentation, freckles, sun spots as well as spider veins on the face (extremely successful) and legs (differing results).

How does IPL Work?

IPL generates intense pulsed light, which converts to heat energy as it reaches the collagen layer beneath the skin. The light is attracted to any depth of colour in pigmentation on the skin’s surface and will usually damage and break it down.

When treating surface veins (spider veins), the light is attracted to the haemoglobin within the vein, converting to heat energy, which destroys the lining of the vein wall. Any successfully treated veins will fade and slowly disappear as they are absorbed naturally by the body, similar to the dispersion of a bruise. Blood flow will then be directed into veins deeper within the dermis so they are no longer visible.

Can All Types of Leg Veins be Treated?

Your doctor can determine if your condition is suitable for IPL treatments. This may require a consultation with the doctor as a different treatment called Sclerotherapy may be recommended. Please see our section on Sclerotherapy for successful surface vein treatment.

Will My Treatment Hurt?

The treatment will feel like a pinch or a snap of a warm elastic band. Local anaesthesia or pain medication is not required. A topical anaesthetic cream may be applied in small amounts to make your treatment more comfortable. Ask us about this when you make you appointment.

Are There Side Effects?

You may experience some short-lived side effects. These may include slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which goes away within a few days. In rare instances, there may be transitory blistering or burning. On very rare occasions, temporary changes in skin colour may occur, which could last up to several months and are rarely permanent.

How Many Treatments are Required?

The number of treatments required for photo rejuvenation of sun spots, freckles and pigmentation can be subjective. Lightening will usually occur after your first treatment but if you are seeking a significant reduction in the colour of your pigmentation, you may require up to four treatments. Usually four to six treatments are required to break down large clusters of veins, depending on their severity and density. However, small amounts of superficial veins may only require one to four treatments.

Can I Use IPL to Treat Rosacea?

Yes, IPL can be a very effective weapon against the unsightly appearance of Rosacea. Using heat energy to break down the vein walls of the tiny clusters of surface veins, the treatment works the same as larger spider veins. More treatments may be required in the initial treatment phase to successfully reduce its appearance. Although successful, IPL cannot prevent the veins from returning to the skin surface. Because of this, an occasional maintenance treatment may be required to keep the Rosacea under control.

Are There Any Restrictions on My Activity After Treatment?

Generally you can return to work the same day and resume all regular activities. Your skin will not be broken and makeup can be applied immediately afterward.

It is important to always limit exposure to the sun in the weeks before and after your treatment.

Why Choose Absolute Cosmetic for Skin Rejuvenation and Microdermabrasion in Perth?

  • Doctor Murray is one of the most experienced IPL users in WA.
  • We have performed over 10,000 treatments in our clinics in and around Perth.
  • Dr Murray has lectured on this topic and has been an advisor to the national regulatory body.
  • All settings are reviewed by a doctor and medical backup is readily available

Contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine Perth to find out more about IPL skin rejuvenation and microdermabrasion treatments.

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