Erasing the Signs of Time with IPL
Whether you were a sun goddess in your youth or outdoor adventurist, sun damage happens to us all. Thankfully, we live in a time that has access to cutting-edge technology that can help erase or minimize the damage caused by years in the sun.
IPL, or Intense Pulse Laser, is a laser technology that utilizes multiple wavelengths of light to treat damaged skin. It can be used on the face, hands, chest, and neck. IPLs are highly effective in treating vascular lesions, rosacea, as well as sun damaged skin, including brown spots and age spots.
How is IPL Performed?
IPL is a non-ablative procedure, meaning it does not damage the outer layers of the skin. Instead, it works by evening out the skin’s tone at deeper levels creating a more transformative improvement.
During the procedure, a cool gel is applied to the skin. We provide dark sunglasses to protect the eyes from the light emitted. Light pulses are applied to the skin in the areas of concern. The procedure only takes less than 30 minutes and can be done on a lunch break if desired. There is a slight stinging sensation as the light is applied.
How Many IPL Treatments are Necessary?
Depending on the severity of the damage and healing, treatments can vary. Most patients require two to 3-5 sessions that are spaced four weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
How Long Does IPL Last?
IPL works by repairing the damage caused by the sun, also called photodamage. As we age, photodamage continues, however, following IPL, most people require only a touch up every year or so to maintain their effects and then can repeat the treatment every two to three years.
When Should I Have IPL?
Winter and spring are the perfect times of the year to have IPL as you cannot have tanned skin during treatment. Regardless of when you choose to have IPL, you should always wear sunscreen after each treatment.
If you are ready to begin your IPL treatments, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brar.