Initially, i.e., within weeks after treatment, improvement is noticed in the color of the skin, as the DermaLase IPL attempts to promote a more even complexion. In particular, it attempts to improve dark patches - known as hyperpigmentation - and persistent redness - known as erythema. Hyperpigmentation may appear as diffuse darkening of the skin or it may be more localized - in patches of varying sizes. These patches may include - what are commonly referred to as - freckles, age spots, sun spots, and liver spots. Erythema may also appear diffusely or in smaller patches. Both hyperpigmentation and erythema develop as a consequence of years of sun exposure and may also appear as a result of some inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea.
As a later appearing benefit, i.e., often months after treatment, improvement may occur in skin texture, i.e., fine lines, because of the DermaLase IPL™ potential to stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis.
Treatment takes about 30 minutes and is administered every 3 to 4 weeks. Immediately after treatment your skin may be pink and slightly swollen for a few hours or longer, but often no visible changes are present and you can immediately resume all activities. All usual skin care products can be continued. However, if you do have any redness, you should not use any products that may irritate the skin until the redness fades. A series of 6 treatments are initially administered at intervals of 3 weeks. The appeal of the DermaLase IPL™ is that there is no interruption in your lifestyle – you may continue all normal work and recreational activities.
After treatment, you should apply a sunscreen prior to any anticipated sun exposure, until any redness and swelling disappears. However, because sunlight is the most common cause of many of the alterations in skin that we are attempting to improve with the DermaLase IPL, a sunscreen is a recommended part of your daily regimen when sun exposure is anticipated.