Why IPL Photorejuvenation?
IPL is a form of light treatment that doesn’t get nearly as much air-time as it deserves. With the various advances in aesthetic medicine that have occurred in recent years, we have been inundated with new devices and techniques. Here, we discuss why IPL photorejuvenation should be kept in mind as a great pre-holiday skin-boosting treatment.
How it Works
IPL is Intense Pulsed Light. It is a customizable treatment in which light waves can be selected to correct specific conditions related to the pigment of the skin. IPL is an excellent solution for problems like sun damage, age spots, broken capillaries, and rosacea because it works on the melanin in the skin. When precise wavelengths of light are absorbed into the epidermis, they draw pigmentation up into the uppermost layer of cells, the stratum corneum, where pigment then naturally sloughs off along with other dead cells. The same process occurs when light is absorbed by the hemoglobin in superficial, visible blood vessels.
Because IPL incites a natural elimination process that brightens the skin, it can take a series of treatments to achieve the desired result. Our team conducts a thorough consultation and skin assessment to obtain the information necessary to estimate an appropriate number of treatments for each patient.
During treatment sessions, a slight snapping sensation may be felt. This can be mildly uncomfortable but is usually not described as painful. Our patients can complete their series of treatments without significant concern. Most treatment sessions take less than 20 minutes per area and create only mild side effects.
What to Expect After IPL
Light treatments affect the skin somewhat like laser treatments. Right after IPL for hyperpigmentation, the skin may appear splotchy and pink. When IPL targets broken capillaries, the small vessels may look purple or dark read after treatment. A mild sunburned sensation is also likely, but should not be uncomfortable. After a day or two, this side effect is barely noticeable, if at all. What patients may notice is that their pigment concerns look worse than they did before treatment. This goes back to the process of IPL drawing pigment up and out of the deeper layers of tissue so darker skin cells can be released. Within a week, dark spots crust and flake off.
We are pleased to offer IPL and laser treatments in our comfortable Houston office. To learn more, schedule a consultation at (713)955-6560.