Do you see splotchy pigmentation, brown spots, or skin discolorations when you look in the mirror? Do you hesitate to leave the house without makeup? If your answer was yes, you aren’t alone. If you are experiencing any of these concerns: sunspots, discoloration, diffuse redness, rosacea, melasma, or dullness, consider an IPL series.
Before we get into all the reasons why an IPL is so great, let’s cover the basics. For starters, IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It’s also known by the names “Photofacial” & “BroadBand Light.” This is a non-ablative procedure that can eliminate age spots, sun damage, and redness. Simply, it treats the unwanted “reds” and “browns” that dull the complexion. Reds are forms of rosacea, acne scars, spider veins, and general roughness of the skin. Browns include sun damage, melasma, sunspots, liver spots, and lentigos. These issues build up over time and create an “aged” appearance, making us look older than we actually are.
In our office, we use the Candela IPL platform, which is the only IPL technology to offer sub-millisecond pulse durations and water filtration for the most effective & efficient treatment possible. The device selectively targets red & brown discolorations in such a way to be more comfortable on the skin. Because there is less downtime than other laser treatments, it is a popular treatment.
The Candela IPL is set to a specific strength and frequency that is correct for your skin type to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate amount of energy to maximize your results safely. The device is passed uniformly across your skin in a specific pattern, delivering impulses of light energy to the treatment area. Patients compare the sensation to a small snap of a rubber band together with a little bit of warmth. Areas with prominent facial hair will feel a stronger sensation as the hair follicles absorb some of the energy.
Following the treatment for brown spots, you can expect treated areas & pigmented areas to look darker for a few days before sloughing material that looks a little off like fine coffee grounds. Larger and darker brown areas may take more than one treatment and will gradually lighten more and more each procedure.
When targeting red areas, the skin will initially look redder for 1 to 3 days. Sometimes, facial veins may look a little bruised or swollen before resolving. It generally takes 3 to 5 IPL sessions to achieve maximal results. Melasma can be particularly stubborn (is typically pretreated by medical skincare products) and may require additional sessions.
IPL is a great procedure for anyone looking to improve the overall appearance of their skin. The results are a consistently clearer and brighter complexion. It is essential to answer all of the medical history questions correctly. Our team will recommend clinical strength products to prep and protect your skin, which helps achieve the best possible result.
If you are sensitive to light, pregnant, have dark skin or skin cancer, then IPL is likely not the correct treatment option for you. Patients should also not use a retinoid cream for several days before treatment and avoid tanning your skin (includes tanning beds and creams) for several weeks prior and after treatment, as your medical history, skin type and exposure history can significantly affect your candidacy, safety, and tolerance of IPL therapy.
If you’re ready for clearer, brighter, and more youthful skin on your face, neck, or chest, call us to experience for yourself how great your skin can be.
FEBRUARY 24, 2020