Skincare specialists often use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to addresses a variety of benign skin conditions such as red and brown blotches, rosacea, broken blood vessels, acne and other blemishes. There are a lot of advantages to IPL; it is safe and noninvasive, and can easily be tailored to meet different people’s particular needs. Below we delve a little deeper into what IPL is all about and why it may be right for you.
What Conditions Can IPL Photo Rejuvenation Treat?
IPL technology evens out the skin tone and texture, creating smoother looking skin, which helps to reverse the signs of aging. After a series of treatments, you will see a reduction of unwanted pigmentation and broken capillaries. The same IPL treatment can also be used effectively to treat many arts of the body, notably the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. IPL also can help with acne issues.
How Is The IPL Photo Rejuvenation Treatment Performed?
IPL is noninvasive, but you may not have received a treatment like it before, so it’s good to know what to expect. First, the area of skin to be treated is cleansed. Your eyes are covered with protective glasses or eye shields and a thin layer of cold ultrasound gel is applied to the skin. The chilled sapphire crystal tip of the hand piece is placed onto the skin and the light is pulsed. The chilled tip eliminates the need for topical anesthetic.
Watch An IPL Treatment!
What To Expect After Treatment
Immediately after your IPL treatment, your skin may become red and swollen. This is a normal reaction and can last from an hour to several hours to a few days following treatment. Applying a cold compress or ice to the treatment area for the first 24 hours will help minimize swelling. Freckles and sun spots may turn darker initially then flake off eventually. This is also normal and expected. In addition, light scabbing or crusting may occur. You may be directed by your skin specialist to apply a topical antibiotic ointment. If your skin blisters or becomes painful, you should be evaluated by your physician.
Depending on the number of conditions you have, and the severity of the individual problems, you may need multiple treatments of IPL. These can be done 4-6 weeks apart. Treatment with IPL can create a marked difference in your skin that can continue to improve for weeks afterwards. You are usually able to resume normal activities immediately after the IPL procedure. The one recommendation is that you use sunscreen if you are doing any outdoor activities.
How Do Other Treatments Compare To Photo Rejuvenation?
The intense pulsed light system uses patented state of the art technology that optimizes power, pulsing and light delivery. While lower-powered technology may perform skin treatments using photo rejuvenation, there is a visible difference in results with IPL. Most alternative treatments to IPL will address either brown pigmentation or broken capillaries. IPL technology can help both vascular and benign pigmented lesions and acne, without an interruption of your busy lifestyle.
If you think Intense Pulse Light may be helpful for your skin, contact our skincare specialists at Advanced Specialty Care Skincare & Laser. We also provide chemical peels, HydraFacials, microneedling and lymphatic drainage, among other treatments. ASC skincare & laser services are located in Danbury, Norwalk and Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
- Heather Colon, Aesthetician, LPN