What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy, also known as Photofacial or Photorejuvenation, is a type of facial skin treatment designed to help with sun damage, wrinkles, lines, and pigmentation. IPL can effectively reduce the appearance of sun-induced freckles, colored blotches, and general redness caused by disrupted capillaries in the skin. Additionally, IPL can be used for hair removal and to treat the appearance of undesirable spider veins, rosacea, acne, and sagging skin.
IPL therapy devices are similar to facial lasers in that they include a precision wand and the ability to quickly adjust intensity settings during a procedure. This helps surgeons and licensed technicians precisely target problem areas on the face and provide evenly toned and incredibly effective results. There is minimal downtime and the outcome can usually be seen immediately following a procedure.
How Does IPL Treat Pigmentation?
An IPL therapy device sends a concentrated broad spectrum of light through a narrow wand that is maneuvered carefully over the face. The power of these high intensity doses of light waves can be adjusted to hit the blood or the melanin in order to correct redness or pigmentation, respectively. The light intentionally damages the skin tissue in the areas of concern and the body is then able to naturally eliminate the remaining dead cells. As the skin heals, healthy collagen production and newer layers of tissue take the place of the older damaged cells. The end result is an youthful, vibrant, and even tone throughout the facial skin.
It might seem counterintuitive to treat sun damage with more light, however IPL therapy devices offer an element of control and sophistication that enables technicians to essentially erase damaged, blotched, and spotted skin. It can be thought of as the ultimate "hair of the dog" treatment, except with any potentially harmful aspects removed. IPL therapy is a tried and true method of counteracting the additive and often unavoidable negative impact of sun exposure.
Is it Right for Me and What Can Expect from an IPL Therapy Procedure?
IPL therapy is entirely non-invasive, requires very minimal downtime, and can be used on practically any type, tone, or texture of skin. It is an excellent option for anyone with a desire to reduce the appearance of blotchiness, sun damage, discoloration, or other general pigmentation issues. Because IPL therapy is non-surgical, sessions are usually relatively quick and virtually painless. Most patients experience zero discomfort and are in and out within 1-2 hours.
You can return to work or normal daily activity almost immediately after receiving IPL therapy. The results are incredibly long lasting and will remain consistent if you are able to properly avoid excessive direct sunlight or other skin damaging conditions. Minor swelling, redness, and soreness can occur but will typically subside within a few days after your treatment.
IPL therapy can be combined with other facial rejuvenation or cosmetic enhancement procedures. You should always consult with a licensed professional in order to properly devise a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Call 949.386.2773 or request a consultation at our Orange County offices so that you can learn more about IPL therapy and determine if this photofacial treatment is right for you.