Photorejuvenation is rapidly becoming one of the most popular treatments for dull, discolored, wrinkled facial skin. Intense Pulsed Light therapy, abbreviated as IPL, uses light energy to stimulate the shrinkage of capillaries and also to kickstart a collagen remodeling process. Unlike traditional laser resurfacing, IPL treatments don’t result in skin layer removal. Rather, the procedure targets pigmented cells.
Some of these areas of hyperpigmentation are actually damaged tissue. Acne scarring, injury scarring, freckles, age spots, and even fine wrinkles can be improved via photorejuvenation. The procedure is very simple, and after a series of treatments, spaced out over a month of so, our clients enjoy more youthful-appearing skin and better overall skin texture.
Candidates for IPL Treatment
A variety of skin problems can be treated with this procedure. Most of our clients who undergo a series of photofacial treatments are experiencing sun-damaged skin, reddened areas of the skin surface caused by oversized capillaries, enlarged pores, or prominent age spots or scarring.
Superficial, non-set wrinkles are the result of a lack of moisture retention in the skin and a decreased amount of collagen in and below the skin layers. This problem can also be addressed via photofacial treatments.
How We Perform the Treatment
We will consult with you and closely examine your facial skin. The device settings are adjusted to account for the actual skin tone, the thickness of the skin, and the severity of hyperpigmentation or wrinkling.
This instrument emits broadband light. Unlike a laser, the device mixes light frequencies, and the frequencies chosen depend on the results of our examination of your facial skin. We place the device directly onto the skin and pulse the lamp very quickly. Each pulse lasts only one or two milliseconds. The light energy passes right through the epidermal layer and is absorbed by darker, denser tissues such as scar tissue or an age spot.
This heats up the dense tissue because the light energy is converted to heat energy. Capillaries shrink, and collagen shrinks also. The latter effect actually stimulates the production of more collagen. After the final treatment, visual improvement is now apparent, and the skin will continue to improve in appearance for some time afterward as the amount of collagen increases.
Advantages of IPL Treatment
No skin is ablated, and no chemicals are used. This makes photofacial treatment less risky than other forms of skin rejuvenation. Also, there’s no downtime for you after the treatments are complete. You can go about your regular activities without pause.