Well since I have just undergone the treatment I shall let you know what it's all about.
So for you MEN out there that follow my blogs - probably best if you tune out, go grab a beer, kick a footy around or put the telly on 'coz I'm tippin' this won't be any interest to you whatsoever.
I like *cough cough* a lot of women my *vintage* kidding...no really.
Anyway this is serious. I had as we do - (PLEASE someone else put your hands up?? ) a few broken capillaries or rosacea as it's known in the medical world, in addition to that I have what refer to as a sun spot (yes I was born in the 50's mid to later, not earlier thank you) and I was a lover of the sun. Thought nothing of lying on my parents concrete back yard lathered in vegetable oil, baby oil or coconut oil. Digressing as I do. So after putting up with the rosacea and the flat keratosis for quite some time I had IPL treatment which is a broad band of light laser, I have 5 sessions in all. Each costing around $200aud a piece. The rosacea went away (3 cheers for me) but the keratosis (or sun spot) though faded slightly did not.
Last Friday I had (trumpet please or drum roll, which ever you have closest) "medical laser" ie a Gemini Laser was used on the rosacea and a Medlite Laser was used on the keratosis. For those not knowing what the dickens I'm talking about the Medlite laser emits extremely short pulses of laser energy at 532nm and 1064nm and the Gemini laser emits two different wavelengths, 532nm and 1064nm each targeting different skin conditions/problems. Don't worry I got the explanation off their website..I don't know that much. So what does all this tell you?
Conclusion: The IPL though useful for hair removal and broken capilliaries did not work for my sun spot and cost me a small fortune. My face was slightly red as a result and the pain is akin to having 10 rubber bands flicked onto your face in one hit, in one small area....ouch.
The Medlite and Gemini Laser treatment cost me $275.00aud for both the sunspot and the rosacea. I took on the appearance similar to a toad fish for the first 15 minutes (but eased dramatically with the help of ice packs). The rosacea's have vanished. The sunspot is now in the healing process and will take about a week to hopefully scab and be removed permanently. If not I have a 2nd go at it. The swelling is only slight under my eyes now and diminishing.
Pain wise I was shaking with vivid memories of the IPL rubber band treatment but the Gemini for the rosacea was a pin prick nothing more, nothing less. Mind you had quite a few of them, but my body didn't even jolt. The Medilite was a little stronger but no jolting and no laughing gas or sedatives required.
This was a non paid medical announcement.