Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Houston
Twice each month, Bayview Plastic Surgery offers hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments with the Palomar Pulsed Light System. This system offers the most versatile, effective and comfortable aesthetic treatments available for hair removal, wrinkle reduction, leg veins, sun damage, acne, rosacea, age spots and spider veins.
Palomar Systems use specialized handpieces that filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as hair reduction, sunspot removal and acne treatment.
Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but Palomar Pulsed Light Systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result.
Any area, except around the eyes, may be treated. This includes the upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back. During treatment, the treatment provider will move the handpiece over the patient’s skin, pulsing it all the while.
Each pulse will send a beam of light through the skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell the patient when the handpiece is being pulsed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs. Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction and a few treatments will be necessary to treat sunspots, rosacea and vessels.
With regard to hair removal, the treated hair will continue to appear for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin. At any given time, some of the patient’s hair is not in a phase of active growth. Therefore the patient will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all the patient’s unwanted hair.
With regard to photorejuvenation, sunspots will typically darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within 1-2 weeks. After treatment, spider veins may disappear or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days. * It is important to stay out of the sun prior to and following any Pulsed Light treatment.* If you should have any other questions about the procedure or surgery, please call the office at (281) 286-1000.