Also called IPL or BBL photofacial treatments, photorejuvenation is a laser-like treatment primarily used to lighten, remove or reduce pigmentation problems, such as age spots, brown blotches, freckles, redness, rosacea, and broken blood vessels. It may also be used to stimulate collagen production for improved skin texture and to temporarily reduce oiliness, and make pores appear smaller.
Under the guidance of our double-board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Fechner, your photorejuvenation treatment will be administered carefully and accurately to achieve the maximum improvement.
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Broad Band Light (BBL) device is aimed at the target area, and the light beam is absorbed by the area below the surface skin. For pigmentation issues related to redness, such as broken blood vessels or rosacea, the beam is aimed at the hemoglobin, or red blood cells. For age spots or freckles, it is aimed at the melatonin, which is what causes the skin to look darker. The hemoglobin or melatonin is then absorbed by the body, reducing the “color” in the treatment area.
Depending on the severity of the redness or the dark spots, a patient usually requires 3 – 6 treatments, though some require more. Treatments are spaced a month apart, and there will be improvement with each one. So although each, individual treatment should produce results quickly, the full benefits will not be seen until the complete course of treatments has been delivered.
Your eyes will be covered by special glasses or pads to protect them, and a cooling gel will be smoothed over the treatment area. The device is placed gently against your skin, and short pulses of light will flash. While not painful, it may feel like someone is lightly snapping a rubber band against your skin.
After the treatment, the gel is gently wiped off and a sunscreen is applied. If there is any swelling, a cold pack will be applied for a few minutes.
If the treatment targeted veins, the area will generally be slightly redder for 2 - 5 days, but you can gently apply makeup immediately following the treatment.
Age spots and freckles usually look darker for 3 – 7 days, although there may be some crusting, which can last up to 10 days.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!