How does Intensed Pulsed Light Work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)treatment works by targeting pigmented or damaged skin cells and hair follicles using multiple wavelengths of broad-band light. A handheld device delivers this light energy, heating and breaking down the targeted cells. The body then naturally removes the damaged tissue. Additionally, IPL boosts collagen and elastin production beneath the skin’s surface.

Who is Intensed Pulsed Light recommended for?

  1. Reducing Signs of Aging: IPL can improve wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, and fine lines.
  2. Hair Removal: It effectively removes unwanted hair.
  3. Skin Discoloration: IPL lightens dark patches, including age spots and freckles.
  4. Scars and Spider Veins: It enhances the appearance of scars and spider veins.

What are the Optimal Results?

The optimal results of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment depend on various factors, including the specific condition being treated and individual responses.

Photorejuvenation: IPL can improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and enhance overall skin appearance. Greatest improvement is often seen in erythema (redness) and pigmentation.

Vascular Lesions and Pigmented Lesions: IPL can address vascular lesions (e.g., telangiectasia) and benign pigmented lesions (such as solar lentigines).

Considerations before Treatment

Consultation and Skin Assessment: Schedule a consultation with a qualified provider to assess your skin type and concerns. Determine if you are a suitable candidate for IPL therapy.

Sun Exposure: Avoid excessive sunlight exposure in the treated area before the procedure. Cover the skin for at least one week or more prior to IPL treatment.

Topical Creams: Discontinue using creams with vitamin A and glycolic acid one week before your treatment.

Importance of Cosmeceuticals in IPL Treatments

  • Enhanced Results: Cosmeceuticals complement IPL by improving skin texture, hydration, and overall quality.
  • Hydration: Well-hydrated skin responds better to IPL.
  • Soothing Ingredients: Cosmeceuticals with soothing agents (like aloe vera or chamomile) can calm post-IPL redness.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen is crucial after IPL to prevent further damage.