Aesthetic Services

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Photorejuvenation with IPL

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses flashlamps to produce high intensity light over broad visible and infrared wavelengths with filters that select the desired range. By selecting the appropriate wavelength or filter, your provider will be able to treat a broad range of skin conditions caused by skin aging and sun exposure. Your skin will be smoother, more vibrant and it will have a more youthful appearance as a result.

A number of studies have been performed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of IPL on rejuvenation of the skin. IPL has been found to be a “non-invasive, non-ablative method for rejuvenating photoaged skin with minimal adverse events”.

How does it work?

The light energy delivered by the IPL will gently heat up the upper layers of the skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to generate new collagen. This will help restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition the photothermal energy will target and eliminate many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.

What conditions can be treated with IPL?

  • Age spots (Brown spots)
  • Small facial veins (telangiectasias)
  • Rosacea
  • Red spots (hemangiomas)
  • Melasma
  • Photodamage
  • Acne
  • Rhytides (wrinkles)

What to expect during a treatment:

The procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe. There should be minimal or no discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the type of treatment. A topical anesthesia may be used for comfort.

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or goggles. You may feel a brief snap like a rubber band and a warm sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of the procedure performed.

What to expect after the treatment:

You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, pores will be less noticeable, and sun spots or uneven pigmentation will fade. This is a non-invasive and gentle procedure with virtually no down-time. In most cases you will be able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities right away.

How many treatments are needed?

Desired results for most conditions will be achieved with 2 to 5 treatments, at 2-4 week intervals.

What aftercare is needed?

It is important to follow your provider’s instructions. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sun screen whenever you go outdoors.