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Is photorejuvention a safe procedure?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The term "photorejuvenation" can have many meanings, but generally refers to treating the skin with light energy to achieve improvement.
Another similar term is "photofacial". Typically an intense pulsed light (ipl) type "laser" device is used to reduce red and brown spots and improve fine lines by causing minor inflammation below the skin surface leading to collagen remodelling.

In brief: Yes
The term "photorejuvenation" can have many meanings, but generally refers to treating the skin with light energy to achieve improvement.
Another similar term is "photofacial". Typically an intense pulsed light (ipl) type "laser" device is used to reduce red and brown spots and improve fine lines by causing minor inflammation below the skin surface leading to collagen remodelling.
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Mike Bowman
it doesn't give dramatic results (as with more aggressive lasers or peels), but can be a nice subtle way to improve discolorations in the skin.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: IPL generally safe
Yes, it is typically a very safe procedure in the proper candidate if performed by a knowledgeable and skilled practitioner.

In brief: IPL generally safe
Yes, it is typically a very safe procedure in the proper candidate if performed by a knowledgeable and skilled practitioner.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Photofacial
I assume you're referring to a photofacial.
This is generally performed with intense pulsed light (ipl) which is essentially a very bright light of a small range of wavelengths. There is very temporary discomfort only with each pulse delivered to the skin, and it is possible to change your skin's pigment, though often people have a photofacial to remove areas of pigment from their face. It's safe.

In brief: Photofacial
I assume you're referring to a photofacial.
This is generally performed with intense pulsed light (ipl) which is essentially a very bright light of a small range of wavelengths. There is very temporary discomfort only with each pulse delivered to the skin, and it is possible to change your skin's pigment, though often people have a photofacial to remove areas of pigment from their face. It's safe.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Paul L. Hester
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a popular form of photofacial and is very safe when administered or supervised by a trained physician.
Patient selection is critical in order to avoid complications. Generally, light skinned patients with blue eyes can be treated more aggressively than darker skinned patients with brown eyes. The skin must be protected from sun exposure after treatment.

In brief: Yes
Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a popular form of photofacial and is very safe when administered or supervised by a trained physician.
Patient selection is critical in order to avoid complications. Generally, light skinned patients with blue eyes can be treated more aggressively than darker skinned patients with brown eyes. The skin must be protected from sun exposure after treatment.
Dr. Paul L. Hester
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Dr. Marc Yune
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Photorejuvenation also known as ipl can be very safe when performed by an experienced provider. Although not usually performed by physicians, it is a technology that should be supervised by a physician.
Safety is an issue of picking the right settings given the skin type (more aggressive settings for fair skin and less so for darker skin). Marc yune, md www.Aestheticspecialtycentre.Com.

In brief: Yes
Photorejuvenation also known as ipl can be very safe when performed by an experienced provider. Although not usually performed by physicians, it is a technology that should be supervised by a physician.
Safety is an issue of picking the right settings given the skin type (more aggressive settings for fair skin and less so for darker skin). Marc yune, md www.Aestheticspecialtycentre.Com.
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually
Just make sure the device used is suitable for your skin type to reduce risks.

In brief: Usually
Just make sure the device used is suitable for your skin type to reduce risks.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
In brief: Yes
Scars & hypopientation are most salient risks.

In brief: Yes
Scars & hypopientation are most salient risks.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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