Skin Rejuvenation with Laser Treatment

In Australia, we are lucky to have plenty of sunshine enabling us to spend lots of time outdoors. But being in the sun can take its toll over time, resulting in blotchy, sun-damaged skin and fine wrinkles. Over-exposure to sunlight destroys skin cells, slowing down the growth of new skin and the production of collagen. This causes thinning of the skin, resulting in coarse skin texture, wrinkling and irregular pigmentation. Variable pulsed light (VPL) Laser treatments at Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic, Melbourne not only help you look younger by lessening fine lines and freckles, but also can reduce thread veins, sun spots and broken capillaries, reduce pore size, and work wonders for redness and rosacea. VPL Laser rejuvenates the skin by encouraging collagen production, sometimes known as collagen remodelling. Unlike other kinds of laser resurfacing treatments, which can cause scarring, VPL Laser rejuvenation treatment is safe and non-invasive, and acts by inducing a healing response which improves the appearance of problematic skin conditions, without damaging the skin.

What is IPL, VPL laser rejuvenation treatment?

At Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic in Melbourne we use the latest UltraPlus VPL system, which is designed so that each light pulse consists of a sequence of rapid shorter pulses. These variable Laser pulses ensure controlled absorption of light by the skin while minimising heating of the surrounding tissue. This stimulates the skin to go into “repair mode” whereby the increase in blood flow to the region brings in fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and stimulates the production of collagen. VPL Laser skin rejuvenation treatment in Melbourne is excellent for face and neck, but can also be used on chest and hands.

Treating Fine Lines and Wrinkles

For visible improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, you can’t beat VPL Laser. The longer wavelengths in the VPL Laser light penetrate deeply to stimulate the underlying cells to produce extra collagen. The collagen moves to the skin surface, leading to a tightening of the skin, refinement of pores, and a reduction of fine lines to improve the tone and texture of your skin.

Cherry Spots, Spider and Thread Veins

Cherry spots, thread and spider veins can make the skin appear blotchy. During an UltraPlus VPL™ treatment, variable pulsed light energy is absorbed by these tiny veins, which breaks down the vessel walls. The breakdown products are naturally washed away by the body’s own cleansing system.

Treating Rosacea

Dilation of capillaries just below the skin surface can result in the condition known as rosacea, which is characterised by red patches and spots on the face. The VPL laser light is absorbed by the capillaries, causing the vessel walls to heat up and later collapse. The tissue waste products are naturally cleared by the body’s own cleansing system.

What happens during IPL, VPL laser rejuvenation treatment?

The treated area is cleared of make-up and hairs. A cooling gel is then applied in order to provide the required optical coupling and to maintain cooling on the skin being treated. The VPL Laser hand piece is passed over the skin of the targeted area with no pressure. During the treatment a bright light is released, which travels through the skin and heats the dermal tissues without disruption or removal of the outer epidermal layers of the skin. The longer wavelengths of the VPL light penetrate deeply to stimulate the fibroblast to produce extra collagen, leading to a tightening of the skin, refinement of pores, and a reduction of fine lines to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Depending on your skin sensitivity you may experience a slight stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure, but there is far less discomfort than with laser or IPL treatments. The treatment usually takes between 30 to 40 minutes.

Are there any contraindications for IPL, VPL or laser rejuvenation treatment?

Taking Accutane or similar medication
Taking blood thinning medication
Pregnancy or breastfeeding during the first few months
Any injectable or fillers in the last 72 hours
Cold sore or fever blister without premedication
Facial peels or waxing within 7 to 14 days
Having type I diabetes
Recent sun exposure or spray tanning or solarium
Skin cancer
Photosensitising drugs
Wearing a pacemaker
Lack of skin temperature

How many VPL laser rejuvenation treatments are recommended?

A course of about four to six treatments is recommended, at least eight weeks apart. For the best result, you can combine VPL Laser skin rejuvenation with other treatments such as microdermabrasion and hydraFacial at two weeks intervals.

What should I do before and after IPL, VPL laser treatment?

Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 6 weeks before and after the treatment. If you will be exposed to the sun, a high SPF sunscreen should be applied.
Avoid waxing or peeling or any kind of skin resurfacing for 2-3 weeks before and after treatment.
Don’t do any heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours of the treatment.
Don’t apply any make-up to the area until swelling and discomfort are resolved.
Don’t have hot shower for 24 hours, treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing.
Don’t scratch the treated area as it could cause scars.

Are there any side effects for VPL laser rejuvenation treatment?

Redness of the skin is to be expected. Immediately following your treatment you may feel a little sunburnt and the treated area may be red for a few hours. Clients with darker skins may notice the skin is darker after the treatment. This will gradually lighten over about a period of about two weeks. Some clients may experience swelling, but this goes away within a few days.
A cool compress immediately after treatment will relieve the swelling and burnt feeling.
Applying a cooling gel such as Aloe Vera and Tea Tree can help but don’t use any anti-inflammatory properties which could interfere with the treatment.
Taking antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E can be helpful.