IPL Light Therapy for Improving Your Skin’s Appearance
Introduction to IPL Light Therapy
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology uses high-energy pulses of light to provide long-lasting results. IPL skin resurfacing, collagen stimulation, vein therapy and photoepilation improve skin texture and appearance of the body without damaging nearby tissue. Veins or pigmented regions on the skin surface selectively absorb the pulses of light, shrinking or fading after treatment; collagen tightens, smoothing the skin. Patients can return to work and all regular activities immediately after the procedure. Skin appearance should improve soon after treatment. Several treatments may be desired for optimal results.
The Plastic Surgery Group’s IPL Light Therapy Treatments
Our doctors provide a wide range of laser treatments to improve the overall look and feel of the skin. The type of procedure performed and the laser used for your treatment depends on your individual goals. We have many treatments available that can be customized for your individual skin, including:
- Wrinkle Treatment – As we age, our skin begins to change. Wrinkles and fine lines often appear as a result of repeated facial expressions and skin laxity. These unwanted effects can fortunately be improved or even reversed through IPL treatments that remove the top layer of skin, creating a refreshed, fuller appearance.
- Redness Treatment – Redness on the face often develops as a result of acne, rosacea, birthmarks, broken blood vessels, sun damage and more. Treatment for facial redness uses light to destroy blood vessels and improve the appearance of the skin.
IPL Light Therapy Procedure
Our IPL procedures for the treatment of redness and wrinkles are performed in the office with or without topical anesthesia, although a cooling gel may also be applied to the treated area. Most patients report mild discomfort during the procedure, and it is tolerated well. The entire procedure takes about 10 to 30 minutes to perform, depending on the size and location of the treated area.
After treatment, patients may experience redness and peeling for several days as the skin heals. You can return to work and other normal activities during this time, and can apply makeup to camouflage any unwanted side effects. The duration of these side effects can vary depending on the type of treatment performed and the patient’s individual skin.
The results from our IPL procedures vary depending on the type of treatment performed. Most patients will require multiple treatment sessions in order to achieve their desired results. Some will notice significant results after just one treatment. Your doctor will decide how many treatments are right for you, and if additional touch-up treatments are needed at a later date.
Risks of IPL Light Therapy
Although IPL treatment is considered safe for most patients and is typically performed with no long-term complications or side effects, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. While they are considered rare, some of these risks may include infection, scarring, redness, pigmentation, acne or milia (tiny white bumps on the skin). These risks are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days.