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PhotoRejuvenation IPL

Photofacials, also sometimes referred to as IPL therapy, are among the most popular options for non-invasive, treatments. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, a technology that uses short pulses of broad-spectrum laser light directed over the skin’s surface. 

Dermatologists often recommend IPL treatment to reduce pigmentation because the therapy targets the melanin present in your skin. This is what causes pigmentation and discoloration, often caused by prolonged sun exposure. Your 2 to 3 initial IPL treatments can make a significant improvement in the appearance of dark spots. IPL therapy also has the advantage of covering a large skin area and there is very little post-procedure downtime.

IPL treatments can be used on the face, neck, chest, as well as arms and hands.

Therapy typically involves an initial set of 2 to 3 treatments spaced about a month apart, followed by 2 to 3 annual maintenance treatments.

The immediate result of initial IPL therapy is a decrease in skin discoloration. Maintenance treatments help to keep your skin looking younger and healthy, promote collagen growth, prevent the effects of sun damage, and give the skin a healthy glow.

Another benefit of IPL therapy is that it can be used in combination with other facial skin procedures, such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. These treatments target the surface layer of skin, while IPL reaches the deeper layers of skin.

IPL was among the first photo-rejuvenation technologies.

Today IPL is used to treat:

  • Rosacea (redness and visible blood vessels in the face)

  • Scarring

  • Enlarged pores (IPL can help eliminate large pores and reduce the appearance of skin acne without the need for topical products that dry out skin)

  • Acne and acne scars

  • Birthmarks

  • Redness

  • Broken capillaries (also known as spider veins due to the web-like appearance)

  • Dyschromia (discoloration of the skin or nails)

  • Melasma (brown or gray patches, usually appearing on the face)

  • Brown spots

  • Freckles

  • Sunspots

  • Age spots

  • Hyperpigmentation (darker skin patches caused by an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color)

  • Vascular and pigmented lesions

  • Uneven skin tone and texture

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

How Does IPL Work?

A handheld device is passed over your skin, sending pulses of broad spectrum light into the deep layers of the skin. Because this pulsing light reaches the skin on a molecular level, there are no incisions or injections. The range of light waves in an IPL treatment target melanin and hemoglobin in the skin, releasing these hyperpigmentation spots, blemishes and blotches. IPL light waves also gently heat the deeper layers of skin. This stimulates collagen production, which reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars and wrinkles. Unlike lasers, IPL produces more than one wavelength of pulsating light. As a result, IPL can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.

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