How It Works
We are all born with a glowing complexion, but as we age a variety of skin conditions can begin to impact the appearance of your skin. Sun damage, acne, age spots, and broken capillaries can leave us wanting to cover our skin with makeup.
- Do you have brown pigment such as age or sunspots? Unwanted freckles or melasma?
- Have you noticed visible vessels on your face, also known as spider veins?
- Do you have redness (Rosacea) across your cheeks nose or chin?
- Has your complexion become dull? Is it in need of an overall brightening treatment?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment is a procedure preformed to target these specific skin concerns. IPL utilizes high-intensity pulses of multiple wavelengths of light. When we “zap” the skin during treatment, pigmentation is heated and your body pushes the unwanted cells to the surface where they slough off, skin firming proteins like collagen and elastin are also stimulated during treatment. Because IPL uses multiple wavelengths it can target a range of skin conditions such as:
- Dark spots (sun damage) or Melasma
- Broken blood vessels
- Brown spots (age spots)
- Redness from Rosacea
Treatments are typically 30-45 minutes long, with minimal discomfort, it is comparable to that of a mild elastic snap on the skin. Safety eyewear is worn during the treatment as the light is very bright, similar to that of someone using a camera flash in the dark.
IPL treatments are gentler on the skin than laser treatments, resulting in minimal downtime. The skin may be slightly red after treatment and feel warm. Afterwards, the targeted skin discoloration will darken. This is normal and is the desired result of the treatment. These darkened spots will then slough off 5-7 days later.
Optimal results are obtained with 3-4 treatments spaced 3 weeks apart. Maintenance is then recommended as needed in the fall and winter months.
Is there downtime after a treatment?
After your IPL treatment your skin will commonly feel warm, like you received a sunburn, your skin may also be slightly pink or mildly red depending on your skins sensitivity. If brown pigment was the target of the treatment then in the days following your treatment expect the brown pigment to darken, resembling coffee grinds on the face. This is the desired effect and will slough off a few days after treatment.
How much are IPL treatments?
Individual treatment cost varies depending on the size and concern being treated. A consultation is needed for pricing.
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