Difference between IPL Photorejuvenation and CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
Which treatment is right for you?
Overview of IPL Photo-rejuvenation Treatments in Our Dallas Skincare Practice
IPL FotoFacial, Photorejuvenation or Photofacial
IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light, and is considered one of the most advanced and widely performed non invasive anti-aging skin treatments. IPL photo-rejuvenation or FotoFacial is performed by firing intense pulsed light onto the skin surface to target different skin structures. The different types of IPL filters can be used to improve or eliminate different types of skin problems such as broken capillaries, rosacea, sun spots, age spots, freckles and blemishes.
Overview of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing at our Dallas Skincare Office
The CO2 laser resurfacing traditionally has been the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing for all signs of facial aging,rough texture, fine and deep wrinkles, loss of skin tone and elasticity. The downside of CO2 laser is the discomfort during the procedure requiring this procedure to be performed under general anesthesia or heavy sedation and a very prolonged (6 week) recovery time. The traditional CO2 laser can only be used to treat the face, and is not suitable for neck, chest or back of hands.
The Fractional CO2 laser is the latest cutting edge and revolutionary laser technology which keeps many of the advantages of the traditional CO2 laser, with huge benefits of far less discomfort (performed with topical anesthetic creme only) and much shorter downtime (4-5 days) The CO2 fractional laser can be safely used to treat the photo-damaged skin of neck, chest and back of hands in addition to face. The CO2 fractional laser treatment can significantly improve skin sun spots, freckles, , pores and induce skin tightening as well.
Difference between IPL Photorejuvenation and and CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
IPL is not the same as laser skin treatments because unlike laser, IPL uses a very bright burst of broad-spectrum light through a wide treatment head, placed on the surface of skin. The wavelength of the IPL is selected according to the skin type and the skin concerns of the individual treated. The intense pulsed light specifically targets brown pigment in the sun spots , age spots or freckes and the red pigment in the broken capillaries and rosacea without affecting the superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis).
The following are the most salient differences between IPL and laser skin resurfacing
IPL causes less discomfort than the CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing and does not require topical anesthetic creme before the treatment.
IPL does not remove or peel away the surface of skin
IPL has less recovery time than the CO2 fractional laser. Most people can apply makeup and go right back to their busy schedules. Laser resurfacing requires 3-5 days of skin healing and downtime
IPL requires 4-6 sessions for best results, Laser resurfacing with CO2 Fractional laser requires one treatment only
In our Dallas antiaging skincare office IPL is done by our certified medical aestheticians and Laser resurfacing is performed by Dr. Malik
Differences in Results of IPL Photo-rejuvenation and CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments
IPL treatment leads to :
Significant improvement in sun spots, age spots, Freckles, Rosacea, broken capillaries
Subtle improvement in Skin texture, Pores and fine lines
The CO2 fractional laser leads to:
Significant improvement in rough skin , fine and deep wrinkles, skin tone and elasticity
acne and other scars, appearance of pores
No improvement in skin redness and broken capillaries, in fact for several weeks there is increase in facial redness. People with rosacea are not the best candidates for CO2 fractional laser resurfacing.
In our Dallas skincare clinic, we combine IPL FotoFacial and CO2 Fractional laser resurfacing for individuals with a combination of photo-damage and facial redness.
For more information about the right type of skin treatment for your skin type and concerns, please call our office 888-210-9693 for a complimentary appointment with Dr. Malik