Skin Photorejuvenation in Naperville, IL

woman's face before and afterSkin Photorejuvenation is an excellent treatment to create more youthful healthy skin. This non-invasive treatment is most often performed on the face, neck, chest and hands to improve the pigmentation (brown and red areas) and texture (fine lines and pores) of the skin. There is no downtime and minimal discomfort and risk. It is the perfect treatment for those wanting a brighter, firmer complexion while still enjoying their regular daily activities.

What is the treatment like? How does it feel? Treatments are approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Your skin will be cleansed prior to beginning the treatment. You will be provided protective eye shields or glasses to wear during the treatment. A cool gel will be applied to the treatment area on the skin. The light device will then be applied to the skin in a pattern of pulses that will look similar to a camera flash. Although the treatment is tolerable, most clients assimilate the feel of Photorejuvenation to small rubber bands snapping on the skin. This feeling only lasts during the treatment application. For those with sensitive skin, a topical anesthetic may be applied for 30 minutes prior to treatment to reduce discomfort. Once complete, the skin will feel and appear warm like a blushing sensation. The gel will be removed from the area, your skin will be cleansed again and skincare will be applied. Sunblock will also be applied, as you will be sun sensitive. You may apply makeup immediately following and go about your regular daily activities, avoiding excessive sun exposure.

How does the treatment work?

As the light is applied to the skin, the pigments in the skin absorb the light energy. The brown pigments (melanocytes) will heighten and get darker in color as they surface and then naturally slough off the skin within one week after each treatment (please do not pick at these areas during this process to avoid scarring), resulting in a more even skin tone. The red pigments will slowly dissipate into the skin tissue, leaving a more even skin complexion. The heat from the light energy will warm the skin causing collagen stimulation. Over the few months following treatment, the skin will gradually appear brighter and firmer, reflecting more light due to its tighter surface. Treatments are generally recommended in a series of 5 sessions, performed 3-4 weeks apart for optimal results. Some clients may require more treatments.

What equipment/product do you use?

At Blue Seas Med Spa we use a device by the company Alma called Harmony, which uses Intense Pulsed Light and Laser to treat the skin.

What skin features can the treatment improve?

The equipment that we use can improve:

  • Brown Spots (Sun Spots or Solar Lentigos)
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Small Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)
  • Fine Lines
  • Post-inflammatory Pigmentation
  • Redness and flushing
  • Pore Size

There may also be temporary improvement in:

  • Rosacea
  • MelasmaAcne

These conditions require maintenance treatment and topical therapy to reduce recurrence of condition.

Where on the face and body can the treatments be performed?

Skin Photorejuvenation is most commonly performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands although it can be done on arms, back, and legs as well.

doctor performing procedureWhat is the pre-treatment care?

Please follow the recommended skincare regimen as directed by your Consultation Coordinator or Provider.

It is most important to make sure that the treatment area is not exposed to the sun for 2 weeks prior to treatment. This includes tanning beds, self-tanners and any pigment enhancing process for the skin. Sun exposure will make the skin sensitive to absorbing the treatment light more easily, which increases risk for potential side effects. Daily use of sunblock with SPF30 or higher will assist in reducing sun exposure, but will not do enough if you are regularly outside. If your skin is tan at the time of treatment, or if you had recent exposure to the sun (ie: watching a soccer game, baseball game), your provider will delay your treatment to a later date to reduce risk of side effects.

What is the post-treatment care?

Please follow the recommended skincare regimen as directed by your Consultation Coordinator or Provider. Additionally, avoid sun exposure for two weeks following each treatment as you will be more sun sensitive and could compromise the results of the treatment.

Who are the best candidates?

The best candidates for this procedure are those with early signs of sun damage and aging skin who desire a healthier, more youthful appearance. Those candidates should also have realistic expectations and be committed to improving their skin and maintaining results under the direction of a skincare professional. It is an excellent treatment for those who suffer from redness and flushing. Please note this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women.

Can all skin types be treated?

Fitzpatrick Skin Type VI (dark black skin) and some Skin Types V (moderately dark skin) are not normally treated with this technology.

What results are expected?

With a series of 5 treatments, proper sun exposure and skin care, one should expect an overall improvement in the appearance of their skin, including a lighter more even complexion and smoother texture, with a bright, firm appearance.

When can you expect the results?

Results gradually develop with each treatment while textural improvement can occur for a few months following treatment. The brown spots (solar lentigos) that are treated will get darker before resolving. It is important to not pick at these areas during the natural desquamation (sloughing) process of the skin.

After treatment, the skin will continue to age. It is important to follow a healthy skin care regimen to prevent new damage in addition to receiving facials, mild peels and maintenance Skin Photorejuvenation treatments to maintain results. Please consult with your Consultation Coordinator or Provider for the best effective plan for your skin care goals.

We measure results based on the goals of the consultation and with clinical photography. Your Consultation Coordinator and/or Provider will assess your results throughout your treatment program. Photos of the treatment area will be taken prior to your first treatment and at the completion of the program. Additional photographs may be taken as needed.

What are things to consider in choosing to have this treatment? Are there potential risks or side effects?

Slight discomfort is associated with the treatment, similar to the sensation of a rubber band snapping on the skin. This sensation does not continue after treatment. There is minimal if any downtime with each treatment, although side effects are possible.

With any light therapy treatment, there are potential side effects. Minimizing sun exposure before and after treatment minimizes risk of side effects. There are also certain medications and supplements that can cause you to be more photosensitive and could affect the results of the treatment. You must advise your Consultation Coordinator and Provider of any changes in medical history. Side effects can include:

  • erythema (or redness/flushing) of the skin for up to 48 hours following treatment
  • edema (mild swelling)
  • darkening of solar lentigos (brown spots) prior to lightening
  • hypo (light) and hyper (dark) pigmentation
  • blisters, which if treated improperly can lead to infection and scars
  • striping (a pattern of irregularly treated skin) which generally resolves with consecutive treatments
  • mild bruising
  • cold sores (if you are already prone to Herpes Simplex Virus in the treated area)
  • hair loss in treatment area

Why should I receive this treatment from Blue Seas Med Spa?

You should receive treatments from Blue Seas Med Spa for multiple reasons. We have highly skilled professionals with excellent client satisfaction. We are very cautious with treatments taking all necessary steps to ensure safety and efficacy. We pride ourselves in our client services, creating relationships that make our clients our number one referral source. We are under the medical direction of Dr. Christopher Olson.

How much does the treatment cost?

The cost of Skin Photorejuvenation varies depending on treatment area. Treatment packages are available for additional treatment savings. A specific cost will be provided to you in your one-on-one Cosmetic Consultation.

We incentivize our clients with our Client Loyalty Program where you will gain credits to use towards treatments and products. Refer to our Client Loyalty Program to learn more about how you can earn greater rewards.