IPL reduces the irregular discoloration of the skin caused by sun damage. Chronic sun damage causes irregular brown and red discoloration of the skin. These ” sun spots” and “broken capillaries” are in the surface of the skin and make the skin look old. IPL reduces these discolorations and makes the skin tone more even and bright. It does this by heating up the structures that hold the color, damaging or destroying the blood vessel or the “sun spot.” The process is called Selective Photo – Thermo – Lysis.
IPL uses a range of wavelengths of light to target brown (and, to a lesser degree, red) discoloration. This discoloration occurs over time and after many years of sun exposure. Filters are used to cut off wavelengths of light that could be harmful (in darker skinned patients, filters decrease the risk of damaging the normal pigment in the skin). I recommend IPL for my fairer skinned patients who have brown discoloration, age spots, and freckles, particularly on the face and chest.
Intense Pulse Light can treat sun spots, small veins, rosacea, and other forms of skin discoloration. This machine uses light to target your pigment and blood within your skin while sparing the other structures of the skin for less down time. You usually need 3-4 treatments to be fully effective often times but because of the essentially no downtime, this form of treatment is very popular. Intense Pulse Light can also be used to reduce unwanted hair as well.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based device used to treat sun damage small veins and fine lines/texture. “Photofacial” is the term used for the treatment itself. A photofacial is the process of removing sun damage, fine lines and/or facial redness with the IPL.
IPL, or Photofacial, is an excellent way to safely and effectively treat sun damage, age and brown spots, freckles, rosacea, and wrinkles in one comprehensive treatment. Although you will notice an improvement with just one treatment, BodyLase recommends a minimum of three treatments for more significant results. Each Photo Laser Facial session lasts approximately 45 minutes.