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Getting Photorejuvenation - How Many Sessions Do You Need?

When looking to improve the appearance of your skin through a cosmetic treatment like photorejuvenation laser facial using Elite iQ+ laser at Vibrant Salon and Spa, one question on your mind may be how many sessions are typically required. To receive optimal results, our experts recommend three sessions one month apart and then a touch-up annually. Let's break down the factors that influence the number of treatments needed, general guidelines provided by experts, and how to customize your plan for rejuvenated, youthful skin through personalized guidance from the professionals at Vibrant.

How Photorejuvenation laser facial work? 

During a photorejuvenation laser facial treatment like Elite iQ+, a medical-grade laser delivers precise pulses of light energy to the skin. This targets chromophores in the dermis layer responsible for uneven pigmentation, like age and sun spots. This non-invasive skin treatment works to safely break apart melanin clusters, helping reduce or eliminate dark spots.

In addition, the light energy stimulates cellular activity that encourages fibroblast production. These fibers help thicken the dermis and even out the skin's texture by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time. Within a couple of sessions, many patients see drastic improvements in overall skin clarity and radiance with little to no downtime. More information about Photorejuvenation Facial can be found in our existing article. 

Factors that influence the number of photofacial sessions

Each person's skin reacts differently, and several considerations influence how photorejuvenation treatments are tailored to your individual needs. The most impactful factors determining how treatments are spaced out include:

Skin type and condition 

Skin types like sensitive, acne-prone, or dark skin may require lower treatment settings that achieve results more slowly over additional sessions. People with severe fine lines or deep wrinkles typically see the most benefits from multiple sessions. Those with hyperpigmentation from sun exposure or melasma may also need several sessions for significant fading.

Desired outcomes

Are you hoping for minor improvements or significant transformations? Aiming high with dramatic expectations could translate to increased sessions. Setting goals according to what's realistically achievable based on the treatment's capabilities will help manage your aesthetic journey.

Type of photorejuvenation technology

There are two types of technology used in Photorejuvenation Facial. IPL (Intense pulsed light) and Laser. 

  1. IPL photorejuvenation uses light pulses that can treat multiple skin issues like sun damage, broken capillaries, uneven tone, and mild wrinkles. While it's versatile, IPL has some key limitations compared to laser facial technology like Elite iQ+.

  2. IPL treatment delivers non-specific light that is scattered beneath the skin's surface, requiring more energy to achieve comparable results to a laser. This means treatments are often less powerful and not as effective as laser, potentially necessitating additional IPL sessions.

  3. Laser technology, on the other hand, uses precise, targeted light wavelengths that are selectively absorbed by particular skin pigments and structures. For example, Elite iQ+ emits wavelengths specifically tuned to collagen and melanin in the skin. This allows the laser energy to reach and stimulate deeper layers for more dramatic, sustainable outcomes.

  4. Because IPL light is less focused, it may cause more adverse effects in darker skin tones that require lower treatment settings. This could lengthen the treatment regimen. Laser wavelength selectivity makes it generally safer for diverse skin types.

  5. While IPL addresses a wide variety of skin concerns including sun spots, redness and pore size, its broad spectrum energy is not ideal for issues like wrinkles and melasma that require penetrating the dermis. While laser can target and stimulate collagen repair for these deeper aging signs.

For most patients seeking to minimize treatment sessions and maximize long-term results, laser skin therapies are often a better investment than IPL. Its customizable precision allows for tackling deeper décolletage lines, aging spots, and texture changes that IPL cannot adequately reach. However, IPL may be suitable for some superficial skin conditions or as a low-cost introduction to light treatments. Overall, laser continues to surpass IPL for the most advanced skin rejuvenation.

General guidelines on sessions  

While individual results may vary, most dermatologist and medispa professionals typically recommend the following number of photorejuvenation laser facial sessions depending on the condition:

Sun Damage: 2-3 sessions, one month apart to repair sun-damaged skin. Results continue improving for several months after.

Fine Lines: Around 3 sessions to smooth shallow lines and improve texture. Deeper forehead wrinkles may see maximum benefit from 5-6 treatments.

Acne Scarring: 3-6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart depending on scar depth and type can help flatten and fade residual marks.

Hyperpigmentation: 3-4 laser facial sessions are usually needed to significantly lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure, melasma, or post-inflammatory pigmentation.

Dilated Blood Vessels: 2-4 treatments with 4-6 weeks between sessions can diminish the look of broken capillaries and redness.

Rosacea: Typically 2-3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart to help reduce flushing and soothe redness.

Age spots: Plan for 2-3 sessions spaced 4 weeks apart to gradually fade dark patches.

Large Pores: A minimum of 4-6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart may be needed to reduce pore size and smooth skin texture.

It's also advised to wait 4-6 weeks between sessions to allow your skin to heal fully and collagen to rebuild between treatments for best results. Over time, yearly maintenance treatments can help prevent reappearance and prolong your results.

Personalized photorejuvenation plan at Vibrant Salon and Spa Fredericton

The professionals at Vibrant Salon and Spa tailor every photorejuvenation plan to individual needs. Here is what to expect from them:

Initial consultation

During your initial consultation at our Fredericton spa, a certified laser specialist will evaluate your skin, concern areas, and goals. This personalized assessment will determine the number of treatments recommended along with a customized protocol.

Adjustments based on ongoing results

Your plan may require flexible adjustments depending on how your skin responds to treatments. Feedback after each session helps ensure you achieve the best possible results.


As you can see, many factors influence how many photorejuvenation laser facial sessions may be required for the best possible outcome. General guidelines serve as good starting points, but an initial consultation is crucial. A trained specialist from a reputed medical spa in Fredericton evaluates your specific needs to design a customized program tailored to your concerns and aesthetic goals. Remember to be patient through the process -photorejuvenation is an investment that delivers beautiful results when undertaken with the guidance of experts. With diligent skin care and the recommended number of treatments, laser facial therapy is a safe and effective way to revitalize your skin and enjoy a rejuvenated appearance long-term.

Frequently asked questions for photorejuvenation facials

How long does it take to see results?

You'll often notice some subtle improvements right after the first session. However, it usually takes three months of consistent monthly treatments before maximal benefits are visible.

How long do results last?

With proper home care and annual maintenance sessions, laser facial results tend to last 1-2 years. But yearly touch-ups are needed to maintain your rejuvenated skin.

Is photorejuvenation painful?

While you'll likely feel mild discomfort from the laser pulse similar to a quick snap or rubber band flick, most find photorejuvenation treatments to be quite tolerable. Any stinging subsides within minutes.

Which is better treatment IPL or laser?

Laser technology like Elite Iq+ allows for more precise energy targeting at specific wavelengths to safely treat deeper tissue levels and a wider range of concerns effectively in fewer sessions. IPL is less powerful and may yield slower results requiring more frequent treatments to achieve goals.


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