Sunday, July 13, 2014

High Tech Beauty Treatments??

As I've mentioned on here before, in April I had a skin cancer spot removed from my nose.  I won't go into the gory details, but it ended up being quite large underneath the skin.  Thankfully it is all gone now, but I did have five layers of skin removed during Mohs surgery and I had fairly extensive reconstructive surgery right after.

Now my nose is looking pretty much back to normal two months on (though I can tell the difference) but one of the main concerns I have is how much redness I still have, especially on the bridge of my nose.  Both the plastic surgeon who did the reconstructive surgery and my dermatologist agreed that it is redder than it should be two months on.

To combat the redness, my lovely dermatologist suggested I try IPL Photorejuvenation and even offered to do a series of treatments for free, bless her.  "IPL (intense pulsed light) is a light-based treatment that is extremely popular and effective for treating sun damage, brown spots, age spots, facial redness, red blood vessels and improving overall skin texture and tone.  An IPL photofacial is gentle and non-invasive."  I recently had my first appointment and opted to do a full face treatment once and subsequently just do my nose.  Of course my first, and only question, was does it hurt?  I was told no.  I beg to differ.

Let me explain the process.  Remove makeup.  Weird jelly all over face to protect skin.  Red pulse of light.  Sounds simple right?  Well personally I think that red pulse of light is very painful!  It felt like I was being zapped/pinched all over and after each "zap" very hot heat would radiate from the pulse point.  I've talked to people that don't think it is painful at all, but I would definitely categorize it as not pleasant.  Luckily the whole face treatment only takes around 10 minutes and the sunburned/radiating heat feeling subsides after just a few hours.

Let's talk results, because I can deal with not pleasant and discomforting if it makes a difference. Initially the IPL treatment made all of my dark spots, and nose redness, noticeably darker/worse.  After several days these dark spots flaked off.  And wouldn't you know it, after just one treatment my skin tone really did look more even and my face properly glowed for the first time ever.  As for my nose, the redness was lighter but not gone.  I do believe that after several more treatments the redness will be significantly lighter and less noticeable.

First high tech beauty treatment gets a thumbs up for me.

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