One of the newer approaches to skin rejuvenation, intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is gaining in popularity because of the simplicity of the treatment and the rapid results it produces. Some people confuse this procedure with laser skin resurfacing, but the instrument used in IPL treatment is somewhat different than a laser. It produces pixelated beams of broadband light, meaning that a number of different wavelengths are emitted.
This allows the dermatologist to customize a treatment for each client, and the concentrated yet gentle light energy pulses trigger a rejuvenation of the skin without the harmful effects of skin cauterization. We encourage you to read on to discover the benefits of IPL treatments and why we prefer this type of photorejuvenation over other means of correcting common age-related skin problems.
Using Light Energy For Skin Treatment
Light is made up of photons, and photons are absorbed by certain materials having a given density and tone. When energy is absorbed by skin tissue, the tissue heats up and is slightly damaged. This is a good thing, because the body will respond by creating healthy replacement tissue.
However, subjecting the skin surface to concentrated light energy is similar to suffering from sunburn. An IPL device doesn’t cause this because it can be calibrated to deliver a combination of wavelengths that pass right through the epidermis and be absorbed deeper down. The skin surface will benefit anyway, because it is in the lower dermal layers than new epidermal tissue is created.
How We Perform The Treatment
We consult with the client and examine the facial features closely. We’re looking at the dynamic wrinkles, acne scars, injury scars, and other forms of hyperpigmentation. This allows us to customize the treatment and schedule the proper number or treatment sessions.
After the skin has been treated with a cooling gel, the IPL instrument is pressed against the surface. Each pulse of the lamp is very brief in duration. The darker, more dense tissues beneath the epidermal layer will absorb the energy and heat up slightly.
This shrinks the collagen in the affected tissues. Strange as it may sound, this results in an increase in collagen production. The heat also shrinks capillaries, and this helps to minimize the appearance of blemishes such as age spots and injury scars.
Gradual Improvement In Skin Texture
After about four treatments, spaced apart by a week or so of healing, the skin becomes more taut and supple. Fine lines become almost invisible thanks to the increased amount of collagen in the skin. Blemishes all but disappear, and age spots are not as dark as they were before the treatment began.
There’s no downtime after IPL treatments. The client can go on with normal activities. However, it’s a good idea to stay out of the sun during the treatment schedule.
No Surgery, No Strange Chemicals
The rising popularity of intense pulsed light therapy is due primarily to the simplicity of the procedure and the fact that the skin isn’t subjected to harsh chemicals. The skin isn’t ablated, meaning that the results are far more predictable. Contact us today to learn more about IPL and how you can benefit from this effective cosmetic skin rejuvenation technique.