IPL is an FDA-approved procedure that offers a safe approach to correcting a wide variety of skincare issues. This protocol involves the delivery of precise pulses of light to the skin’s surface at the same time thermal energy is sent into deeper skin tissue. The energy delivered to the superficial and deeper layers of skin repairs the cells and stimulates collagen production. That, in turn, helps reverse signs of aging, discoloration, broken capillaries, sun damage, and other undesirable skin conditions.
The IPL laser device emits a range of light waves that are directed at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hemoglobin or melanin resulting in the fragmentation of the vessel wall or the melanin pigment. The fragments are then absorbed by the body, thereby fading or eliminating the appearance of broken capillaries and areas of skin discoloration. For best results, a series of 3–5 treatments should be administered in one-month intervals for 3–5 months.
IPL laser treatments are most commonly used for:
There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate it easily. The first treatments tend to be the most uncomfortable. As your skin begins to clear, any slight stinging dissipates. If there is mild swelling, a cold pack will resolve that quickly.
Treatments usually take from 30-90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.
When treating veins, generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for 2-5 days but the redness can easily be concealed with makeup as long as it is applied and removed very gently. In rare cases there may be bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to resolve.
When treating freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to 10 days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally resolve within a month.
After your first treatment, you can expect to see some redness, darkening of brown spots, and light swelling. These symptoms will resolve in several hours to one week, but makeup can be applied as a concealer. After the treatment, your skin will feel smoother and have a more even tone. A gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, age spots, and fine lines will be more visible after each treatment.
If you expose your face to sun damage and do not use sunscreen, the underlying issueswill return. But if you take good care of your skin and keep it protected from the sun, your skin will continue to look clear and youthful, requiring only maintenance treatments every 6-12 months.
Vew typical treatment results for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation
This medspa procedure represents a safe, non-invasive way to address a wide variety of skincare issues. Better yet, there is no downtime, and IPL treatments have been proven highly effective in reducing the appearance of the following:
After just one IPL treatment, patients see a marked improvement in skin texture and tone. Expect skin that is brighter, clearer, smoother, suppler, and more youthful looking.
IPL is a virtually pain-free, FDA-approved procedure. It involves the delivery of precise pulses of light to the skin’s surface, while thermal energy is radiated into deeper skin tissue. The light pulses are administered via an IPL hand piece, which allows the clinician to target very specific areas. The energy delivered to the superficial and deeper layers of skin repairs the cells and stimulates collagen production. That, in turn, helps reverse the signs of aging, discoloration, blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, and other undesirable skin conditions.
NOTE: Prior to treatment, a gel is applied to the areas being addressed and patients are given protective eyewear.
IPL is painless; however, patients may experience some redness afterward that typically lasts for one or two hours. Many patients schedule their IPL treatments at lunchtime and head back to work immediately.