As plastic surgery technique continues to evolve, state of the art techniques involving laser instruments continue to lead the way. One of these treatments is known as IPL. Intense Pulsed Light technology is a treatment that can mitigate a variety of skin conditions including skin imperfections, birthmarks, unwanted hair, and other blemishes. IPL offers a safe, non-invasive alternative that can be customized to a patient’s individual skin type; thereby, providing superior cosmetic results. The term “Photo-rejuvenation” refers to the treatment of pigment resulting in a smoother skin texture and a more youthful appearance.
Any man or woman who has aged or sun-damaged skin is a great candidate for this new, innovative treatment.
Before the treatment begins, a cool gel-like substance is usually applied to the area to be treated. IPL treatments are generally painless; however, if pain accompanies the treatment a topical anesthetic cream may be applied. Most patients report that the sensation of an IPL treatment is comparable to a light pinch. The treatment sessions usually last less than half an hour while a complete course of treatment usually includes four to six sessions.
Photo-rejuvenation skin treatments are a safe and effective method to reduce the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. Several IPL treatments are usually required to provide a natural-looking improvement with very low risk and the results usually last more than a year.
As an after effect, many patients have reported temporary redness similar to sunburn, which may last anywhere from a few hours up to a few days depending on skin type. During an IPL treatment, only the treatment area and not the entire surface area will darken and crust over. After ten days, these dark and crusted areas eventually fall from the skin. While mildly noticeable, this shedding will not dramatically affect a patient’s overall appearance. In order to expedite healing and maximize the results from an IPL procedure, it is imperative to protect treated skin from overexposure to the sun. The best way to protect the treated skin is to use a full-spectrum sun block.
Pulses of intense, concentrated light are directed onto the skin and absorbed by the melanin in pigmented lesions, such as age, sun, and liver spots. Eliminating broken capillaries and treating rosacea is a bit different. The pulsed light weakens the walls of the vessel, heating the hemoglobin, causing it to collapse and disappear. Pulsed light systems are similar to lasers, but use a larger, more diffused beam for safe, fast and comfortable treatments.
You may experience a feeling similar to that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin. Most patients do not report this sensation as painful.
You may experience temporary redness, akin to a mild sunburn, which can last for a few hours to a few days, depending on your skin type. Only the lesions treated (not the entire surface area) will darken and crust. These dark and crusted areas eventually are shed from the skin after approximately 10 days. It is mildly noticeable, but won’t dramatically affect your appearance. It is important to protect treated skin from the damaging rays of the sun, using a full-spectrum sunblock. Otherwise, you can cleanse and moisturize treated areas normally.
The treated spots will remain darker for approximately 7-10 days. You will notice a gradual lightening of the spots, until they are gone. Sun spots can return if you do not use proper protection, and conditions such as rosacea or birthmarks may require ongoing treatments.
It depends upon the condition being treated. You will see immediate results following the treatment of capillaries and pigmented lesions, and some lesions may require several treatments to fully erase or remove. The full results of a Photofacial are not truly seen until the darkened treated spots have shed from the surface of your skin. You will notice a more even tone to your skin, and a healthier glow, in addition to the lessened and/or disappeared lesions.