Photorejuvenation of the face: contraindications, what gives, care before and after the procedure [opinion of Vichy experts]

What is facial photorejuvenation?

Photorejuvenation or phototherapy of the face is a non-invasive procedure for correcting cosmetic skin defects: from fine wrinkles to age spots and sagging. Laser facial rejuvenation is a hardware technique that accelerates cell regeneration and increases collagen production.

The essence of this cosmetic procedure is that during photorejuvenation, the skin is heated using a laser with light waves of different lengths and high intensity. The advantages of phototherapy include the fact that the effect of photorejuvenation of the face is noticeable almost immediately, and the rehabilitation period after the procedure is quite short.

How and when is facial rejuvenation done?

How are facial photo treatments performed? What are the indications and contraindications for facial photorejuvenation and what does it give? What care is needed after photorejuvenation? We understand in order.


In cosmetology, photorejuvenation of the skin is recommended in the following cases:

  1. Age-related changes: the appearance of fine wrinkles, loss of tone and elasticity, “tired” appearance of the skin.
  2. Excessive skin pigmentation: the presence of age spots, freckles and similar phenomena.
  3. Vascular manifestations: capillary reticulum, spider veins, traces of burst vessels…
  4. General condition of the skin: enlarged pores, increased greasiness, traces of inflammation, small scars.


To avoid unwanted side effects and consequences, photorejuvenation should not be carried out in the following situations:

  • skin diseases and inflammation during exacerbations;
  • “fresh” tan (including the use of self-tanning products);
  • period of pregnancy and breastfeeding;
  • some diseases of the cardiovascular and hematopoietic systems;
  • diabetes;
  • oncological diseases, including neoplasms.

If you have any doubts, you should not guess on your own how dangerous photorejuvenation can be in your case. It is better to consult with a specialist in advance.

How is the facial photorejuvenation procedure performed?

Laser facial rejuvenation or IPL rejuvenation is performed lying down, with obligatory eye protection using special glasses or a bandage. The specialist applies a cool gel to the skin and begins to act on the treated area with a device with short flashes of high-intensity light. They instantly heat the desired area of ​​the skin without affecting the tissue around.

As a result of the photorejuvenation procedure, the following processes occur:

  • melatonin is destroyed – age spots and freckles lighten or disappear;
  • the vessels close to the surface of the skin warm up – the vascular networks and asterisks decrease, traces of bursting vessels, redness of the skin;
  • skin regeneration processes are stimulated – its texture, density and elasticity improve, traces and post-acne scars become less noticeable, a general rejuvenation effect appears.

Do’s and Don’ts after Photorejuvenation

Although after photorejuvenation a long rehabilitation is not required, there are still certain limitations. It is recommended to follow the following rules for facial care after photorejuvenation:

  • After the procedure, do not sunbathe for at least 2 weeks. During this period, it is better not only to refrain from sunbathing, but also to apply products with a high degree of SPF protection to your face whenever you go outside.
  • It is not recommended to visit baths, saunas and other places with a high ambient temperature.
  • In no case should you peel off the resulting brown crusts, use scrubs and / or peels to avoid skin damage.
  • Cosmetologists advise supplementing the facial photorejuvenation procedure with specially selected cosmetic products that help improve the tolerance of the procedure, support the rehabilitation process and consolidate the results achieved.

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