Common Questions About the IPL PhotoFacial, Answered

When you look in the mirror, are you starting to notice that your skin doesn’t look as youthful as it used to? Throughout our lives, our skin is exposed to many different factors, including the sun and free radicals. The natural aging process and genetics can also take a toll on how our skin ages. At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer an effective, nonsurgical solution to common signs of aging with the IPL Photofacial treatment. Read on to learn more about this treatment and what it can do for you.

How Does the IPL Photofacial Work?

The IPL Photofacial targets deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen growth. As the building block of healthy skin, collagen can strengthen and smooth the skin, as well as cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing redness. During treatment, the IPL machine will feel like a small rubber band snapping against your skin, which may cause minimal discomfort, but is very tolerable. One treatment takes only about 30 minutes to complete, which makes it a great “lunchtime” treatment. It is recommended that most patients undergo 3-5 treatment sessions over the course of several months to ensure optimal results.

Can You Benefit from an IPL Photofacial?

So, how do you know if this treatment option is right for you? The best way to determine your candidacy is through a consultation at our office. However, if you can agree to the following statements, you can probably benefit from an IPL Photofacial.

You Want to Prevent Signs of Aging

If you are looking to treat or prevent signs of aging such as age spots and sun spots, rosacea, facial slushing, large pores, dark under eye circles, of fine lines, you may be able to benefit from an IPL treatment. Because this treatment actually stimulates collagen production in the skin, results will be natural-looking and long-lasting.

You Want Fast, Natural-Looking Results

Results from an IPL Photofacial are noticeable about seven days post treatment and will continue to improve after each treatment session. Results are natural-looking, so you’ll look like you, only younger!

You Don’t Want A Lot of Recovery Time

IPL Photofacials require little to no downtime, making it a great option for those with busy schedules. Most patients only report mild redness after treatment, and makeup can help to camouflage any dark spots that may be noticeable until they begin to fade after 7-10 days.

You Are Not Pregnant

Patients who undergo an IPL Photofacial treatment should not be pregnant or breastfeeding, as it is not known how this treatment may affect the unborn child.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for an IPL Treatment?

Individuals with tanned skin or those with naturally dark skin may not be the best candidates for IPL Photofacials. This is because this treatment may result in hyperpigmentation or uneven pigmentation issues in these individuals. During your consultation, our team will thoroughly evaluate your skin color and health to determine your candidacy. Be sure that you are in overall good health and do not have any active infections or open wounds on or near the treatment site.

Is there Preparation for an IPL Photofacial?

Prior to the IPL treatment, patients should avoid excessive sun exposure, self-tanners, and tanning before for 2-4 weeks. You should be very diligent about applying sunscreen every morning to help protect your skin. Also, to avoid bruising, it is recommended that you do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve for one week prior to treatment. Also, stop using any skincare products that contain Retin-A at least one week before. Our team will provide you with specific pre-treatment instructions to help ensure optimal results.

Is There Downtime Associated with the IPL Photofacial Treatment?

One of the greatest benefits of the IPL Photofacial treatment is that there is little to no downtime after treatment. Because it uses multiple wavelengths of light instead of laser energy, IPL does not negatively affect the outer layers of skin, making recovery much quicker than traditional laser treatments.

If you are interested in learning more about the IPL Photofacial treatment at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, contact our Jupiter, FL office today to schedule your consultation appointment. Also, don’t miss out on our fall special; enjoy 25% off any IPL package! Our team, including Dr. Ricardo Mejia, board-certified dermatologist, will ensure that an individualized treatment plan will be created for you to ensure that your individual aesthetic goals are addressed and met. Our goal is to ensure that each patient received the professional and personalized treatment they deserve.

What You Should Know About the IPL Photofacial

The IPL photofacial is a skin laser treatment that is used to penetrate into the skin and treat blemishes and pigmentation, among many other concerns. This treatment is gentler than other skin treatment options, but is still highly effective for skin conditions such as facial flushing, rosacea and reddening, age spots and sun spots, enlarged pores, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Based on your skin condition, your dermatologist will determine if the IPL photofacial is the optimum solution for you and your skin. Here are some important things to know about it.

What is the IPL Photofacial?

The IPL photofacial, sometimes called IPL photorejuvenation, is a laser treatment that can effectively treatment pigment and unfavorable blemishes. It does this by delivering intense pulsed light deep beneath the skin where it can constrict blood vessels, destroy cells that produce melanin, and jumpstart your skin’s collagen production. It doesn’t require any downtime and you can immediately return to your regular schedule, making it preferable to other resurfacing laser or skin treatments.

Our IPL photofacial system uses the Lumenis M22 system, which allows us to perform many different laser treatments, including vein treatment and laser resurfacing, with only one system. This laser system comes with changeable handpiece filters and guides, allowing optimal treatment of your unique areas. This handpiece also contains sapphire lightguides to cool the skin as it comes into contact with the light energy, meaning the surface of the skin is not affected by heat. This makes our IPL photofacial treatments comfortable and worry-free– and with great results, of course.

Candidates For IPL Photofacial

Patients who wish to improve their skin drastically with a gentle treatment and no side effects should consider themselves as prime candidates for the IPL photofacial. However, patients who are very tan or have dark skin can experience complications and hyperpigmentation with this procedure and may be dissuaded. It’s important to cease using any Vitamin A products on the skin before this treatment, since this can cause complications (if you have any hesitations about certain products, be sure to ask). Certain active skin conditions can be cause for delaying this treatment, as well as any recent sunburn or sun damage. For the best determination of your candidacy, you can meet with our skincare specialists who can professionally recommend the best skincare treatment for you.

The IPL Photofacial Procedure

During this procedure, only the damaged skin is targeted and unwanted melanin is eliminated. This occurs through very quick pulses of intense light, which affects only the deeper layers of the skin. This is a fairly quick procedure and requires only around 30 minutes to complete, depending on your treatment area. Patients with lower tolerance may experience some discomfort during this procedure, but we can supply a topical anesthetic if needed. Most patients report feeling something similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This can be accompanied by a warming sensation as the light energy is applied to the skin, but a cooling gel is also applied to prevent too much heat and allow the handpiece to pass easily over the skin. Protective eyewear is required for this procedure, and you will need to remove any contact lenses if you wear them.

Results and Recovery

You may experience some mild redness and swelling afterward, but these symptoms can be easily controlled with the help of an ice pack. You can return to your regular schedule immediately. Most patients undergo a package of 3-5 treatments for best results, spaced about 4 weeks apart in order to give your skin time to recover. It’s very important to care for your skin during the first few days after recovery, most importantly with the use of an SPF30+ when going outside, since your skin will be photosensitive during this time. It’s also important to keep the treatment area moisturized and avoid certain products like skin makeup or Vitamin A, as well as avoiding sweating, perspiring, or exposing the skin to hot water. As with any skincare treatment, do not pick or scratch the treatment area, as this can cause infection. After the initial recovery period, most patients see results with just one treatment.

If you’ve been struggling with pigmentation, wrinkles, scars, or acne, the IPL Photofacial may be your best option. To see what this and other skincare treatments can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our dermatologists who can recommend a treatment plan.

 

Microneedling: What You Need to Know

Microneedling, a new technology in cosmetic surgery, actually dates back to 1995. Microneedling is a helpful and especially effective solution for individuals wishing to remove mild scars, boost hair growth, or increase collagen production. Dermatologists have performed extensive research on microneedling to decipher the multi-purpose treatment.

Microneedling produces microscopic punctures in the skin

This unique technique rejuvenates the skin by embedding very fine tiny needles into the skin that do not cause wounds, but enter the skin deep enough to stimulate your body’s healing process in deader layers of the skin. A roller containing the many tiny needles will be rolled across the skin to create these micro-punctures. Once the healing process is stimulated, new collagen and elastin are produced over time, leading to stronger, youthful-looking skin with improved blemishes. The dermaroller is a safe and effective microneedling device comprised of micro-fine needles that range from 0.5 – 2.5 millimeters in diameter.

Microneedling offers fairly immediate results

The results of microneedling are virtually immediate, causing the skin to look luminous, radiant, and supple for a few weeks by increasing blood flow to the area. The inflammation from the needles delivers a glow to the skin in addition to a superficial swelling. The skin will be left feeling soft and hydrated, especially with the use of an aftercare moisturizer and other skin care products.

Microneedling promises improvement over time

After your microneedling session, new collagen and elastin will continue to be produced, leading to improved skin over time. It can take several months for the full results to be seen. A 2008 study reported that four microneedling sessions a month increased the elastin and collagen to up to 400%. The results become prominent six months after the completion of the treatment sessions. As new collagen is generated, the skin becomes stronger and younger-looking with improved elasticity. After optimal treatment sessions, patients can enjoy fewer fine lines and wrinkles, improved acne scars and blemishes, and better skin tone and texture for overall facial rejuvenation.

Microneedling arouses dormant hair follicles

When performed on the scalp, microneedling can stimulate the healing process, leading to increased blood flow and cell regeneration. This can lead to an increase in hair growth to treat thinning hair or balding. A research study conducted on 100 people divided into two groups proved the significant role of microneedling in hair growth. The first group was treated with minoxidil lotion, while the second group was treated with minoxidil lotion and microneedling. 82% of those in the second group reported a 50% improvement in hair growth as compared to the first group where hair growth is reported by only 4.5% of participants.

Microneedling works well when paired with other skincare treatments

Microneedling alone offers long-lasting results, but is optimized further when coupled with lasers and topical treatments. Some anti-aging preparations work well with needle punctures. Microneedling creates channels in the skin to allow products to be more effectively absorbed. You can get the most out of your skin care products and treatments by receiving microneedling first. Microneedling can also be combined with PRP therapy, where your own blood cells are used during the microneedling process. your blood cells contain growth factors that can help you regenerate new skin cells, strengthening the skin. Combining microneedling with radiofrequency can also optimize tissue tightening.

Once-a-month Microneedling plan

For significant skin improvements, microneedling can be done once a month. Treatment sessions will be spaced out to give your skin enough time to heal. Your dermatologist can determine how many sessions you will need to reach your goal results. For more sever skin concerns, you will likely require more treatment sessions to see optimal results. Microneedling can then be performed in the future to maintain the strength and youth of your skin.

To learn more about microneedling or to get started with your treatment plan, contact our office today!

Get the Most out of Your Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your face or improve more severe skin concerns by removing damaged layers of skin, revealing healthy skin underneath. When it comes to treatment, there are a few things you’ll want to ask yourself when choosing the type of peel that’s best for you. By considering these questions, you can get the most out of your chemical peel treatment:

Do you have a skin condition?

Common skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea can be worsened by a chemical peel. If you suspect you have one of these or another skin condition, you might not be the best candidate for any type of chemical peel. However, you can talk with Dr. Mejia about other treatment options!

What are your concerns?

The next thing you should consider is how severe your skin concerns are. If you experience mild pigmentation concerns, rough texture, or an over-all dull appearance to your skin, you could benefit from a superficial peel, the mildest formula. If you have severe symptoms like deep wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots, you might require a deep peel for the most significant improvement! If your somewhere in-between with moderate signs of aging and blemishes, a medium peel might be just-right for you.

How much time do you have to recover?

The deeper the chemical peel, the more side effects, recovery time, and post-op care required after treatment. So, if you want to rejuvenate for an event in the near future, you might want to choose the superficial peel to get glowing skin without any severe redness or peeling. If you decide to go for a medium or deep peel, just keep in mind that you will likely experience more swelling, redness, and peeling after treatment. Many patients like to avoid social events until their skin has healed. No matter which type of peel you choose, be sure to avoid sun exposure for the first month or two as your skin will be extra sensitive while it heals.

Our board-certified dermatologist at Jupiter Dermatology can examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine which type of peel is best for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ricardo Mejia, contact our office today.

Get Clearer Skin with Clarisonic

At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer Clarisonic products to help our patients keep their skin healthy and radiant. When dead skin cells build up, it can cause the complexion to look dull and aged. These products are great tools to combat adult acne, clogged pores, and dull dead skin for a healthy glow. Read on to learn more about this product and how it works.

The Mia 2

The Mia 2 Clarisonic brush is a lightweight and portable cleansing device that gently exfoliates the skin. It comes with two different speeds, one for delicate skin and one for all skin types, so you can customize your cleansing experience. There are also interchangeable facial brush heads, which are each uniquely designed to address different skin types and conditions.

The Opal Sonic Infuser

The Opal Sonic Infuser is a smaller device, that is used to gradually build up the skin’s resilience. It works by gently tapping the skin at 200+ sonic movements per second, and is especially effective around the eyes. This product also helps the skin to absorb skincare products for maximum effect, and even comes with anti-aging sea serum to get you started.

It is important to keep your Clarisonic products clean for optimal results, as dirty brushes can spread unwanted bacteria. Also, be sure to change your cleansing brush head every three months. This is because the bristles on the brush heads become less effective over time.

If you are interested in learning more about these Clarisonic products and what they can do for you, contact Jupiter Dermatology today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Acne Over The Counter Products

Used to treat mild, moderate and severe acne, the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications lies in the product’s active ingredient(s). Not all active ingredients work the same way. The active ingredient benzoyl peroxide reduces P. acnes(bacteria); whereas, salicylic acid helps correct abnormal skin shedding. For lesions to clear, the product(s) must be effective against the factor(s) causing the acne. The following describes common active ingredients used in over-the-counter acne medications sold in the United States. Check with your dermatologist or pharmacist before combining acne products.

Alcohol and acetone Found together in some over-the-counter medications used to treat acne, acetone works as a degreasing agent and alcohol has mild antimicrobial properties. When used alone, acetone tends to have no effect. Continue reading “Acne Over The Counter Products”

Physical Procedures for Treating Acne

A Dermatologist will occasionally use procedures to help clear acne. These methods, which are described below, should be performed by a dermatologist or other health care practitioner. Trying these at home can lead to infection, worsening of the acne and scarring.

Chemical PeelsLight chemical peels of glycolic acid and other chemical agents are used by dermatologists to loosen blackheads and decrease acne papules.

Comedo ExtractionSometimes removing comedones proves beneficial. To extract whiteheads and blackheads, dermatologists use a sterile pen-sized device. This procedure should only be performed by a dermatologist or other medical professional. Patients’ attempts to extract comedones and drain cysts by squeezing or picking, can lead to worsening of the acne, scarring and infection. Tissue injured by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other bacteria. Continue reading “Physical Procedures for Treating Acne”

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Acne Treatment

Good skin care plays an important role in treating acne. Following these skin care guidelines—unless your dermatologist instructs otherwise—can help improve treatment results:

Do NOT pop, squeeze or pick at acne.

This can make acne worse by spreading inflammation. With medical treatment, removing lesions is rarely necessary; however, when comedo removal is needed, it should be performed by an experienced healthcare professional.

Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and pat dry.Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, and vigorous washing and scrubbing will not clear your skin. In fact, all that scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse. The way to clear acne is with appropriate acne products and good skin care.

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Acne FAQ

Would using my medication more frequently than prescribed speed up the clearing of my acne?

No. Always use your medication exactly as your dermatologist instructed. Using topical medications more often than prescribed may actually induce more irritation of the skin, redness and follicular plugging, which can delay clearing time. If oral medications are taken more frequently than prescribed, they won’t work any better, but there is a greater chance of side effects.

My topical treatment seems to work on the spots I treat, but I keep getting new acne blemishes. What should I do?

Topical acne medications are made to be used on all acne-prone areas, not just individual lesions. Part of the goal is to treat the skin before lesions can form and to prevent formation, not just to treat existing lesions. Patients are generally advised to treat all of the areas (forehead, cheeks, chin and nose) that tend to break out rather than just individual lesions.

My face is clear! Can I stop taking my medication now?

If your dermatologist says you can stop, then stop–but follow your dermatologist’s instructions. Many times patients will stop their medication suddenly only to have their acne flare up several weeks later. If you are using multiple products, it may be advisable to discontinue one medication at a time and judge results before discontinuing them all at once. Ask your dermatologist before you stop using any of your medications. Continue reading “Acne FAQ”

Acne Q & A Part I

What role does diet play in acne?

Acne is not caused by food. Following a strict diet will not clear your skin. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences acne. Avoid any foods which seem to worsen your acne and, for your overall health, eat a balanced diet–but diet shouldn’t really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated.

Does the sun help acne?

Many patients feel that sunlight improves their acne lesions and go to great lengths to find sources of ultraviolet light. There is no proven effect of sunlight on acne. In addition, ultraviolet light in sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. It is, therefore, not a recommended technique of acne management, especially since there are many other proven forms of treatment for acne. Moreover, many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, making the risk of ultraviolet light exposure all the worse.

What is the best way to treat acne?

Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. If you have not gotten good results from the acne products you have tried, consider seeing a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will decide which treatments are best for you. Generally, 2% salicylic acid cleansers and benzoyl peroxide gels are a good start. Continue reading “Acne Q & A Part I”