What is a Port Wine Stain?
A port wine stain refers to a birthmark caused by a clump of swollen blood vessels that cause a reddish purple spot on the skin. Most port wine stains are harmless, but some can be disfiguring and/or occur along with a few rare congenital disorders. They occur in about three out of every thousand people. These distinctive birthmarks can be individual spots or spread across parts of the body like a large bruise.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic and incurable skin condition that typically occurs in people over 30. It usually causes redness in the central part of the face, especially the cheeks and nose, but it can also affect the chin and forehead. Some people also get little pimples and bumps on the affected areas. Rosacea can cause burning and soreness in the eyes. It can also cause the nose to become red, swollen, and bulbous. While it affects more women than men, the symptoms tend to be more severe in men. Researchers aren’t sure what causes rosacea, but it does have evidence of being hereditary.
What is IPL Rejuvenation?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment used on damaged or blemished skin. It can be used to remove or reduce the appearance of age spots, port wine stains, rosacea, and most benign brown pigments. The IPL device emits a pulsed beam of light containing several different wavelengths. The colors in the light are attracted to the red and brown colors as well as the collagen deeper in the skin. The light’s heat coagulates the red pigmentation, heats the collagen, and vaporizes the brown pigmentation. After the treatment area has had a chance to heal, the collagen thickens, decreasing the appearance of colored pigmentation.
What happens during treatment?
A member of our medical staff will start by putting together a treatment plan for the patient, who will then have to prepare for the procedure. Pre-treatment preparations include not tanning for at least amonth, using sunscreen that is at least SPF 20, and avoiding the sun.
On the day of the treatment, the skin should be thoroughly cleansed. Protective eyewear will be provided, and a cool gel will be administered to the area being treated. The IPL device will be placed directly on the skin, and pulses of light will be emitted that affect both the surface of the skin and its deeper layers. The light does not harm or affect normal skin.
A typical session lasts 20 – 30 minutes. A patient will typically need 3-5 treatment sessions with each treatment scheduled every three weeks.
What are the results?
Immediately after treatment, the skin may appear flushed, but that should fade after a few hours. Most patients will be able to resume normal activities immediately afterward, and an eventual decrease in redness after each treatment will be noticed over time. With proper skin care, the results of IPL rejuvenation can last for six months to a year. Contact Breeze Laser Center in Orlando to schedule your consultation.