The use of lasers in the medical field has become commonplace. Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that a laser could be used to perform anything as delicate as hair removal or eye surgery, but today nobody bats an eyelash at these wonders. Urban Allure in San Francisco, CA, uses IPL lasers in many skin rejuvenation treatments, from treating age spots to improving skin texture.
What Is IPL?
An intense pulsed light (IPL) laser is used in light therapy for a variety of dermatology procedures. IPL lasers have upped the ante as a non-invasive option for a number of treatments, including skin rejuvenation.
While traditional lasers use a diode with one specific wavelength originating from the diode, an IPL emits multiple wavelengths ranging from 500 to 1,200 nanometers. A nanometer is a metric measurement of length that equals one billionth of a meter.
Some of the best practices utilize the Ellipse I2PL system. The Ellipse I2PL is capable of treating a wide range of skin issues, including vascular lesions, blemishes, sun damage, acne, and more.
How Does an IPL Laser Work?
Lasers meant for medical purposes are devices that use light sources with a precise focus to treat or remove the body’s tissue. The narrow beam of light creates high intensity.
Common light sources such as lamps or flashlights have many wavelengths that span in all directions. Traditional lasers have only one specific wavelength. Lasers are narrow enough to focus on small, precise areas of the body and are useful for precise treatments or surgeries.
IPL lasers work very much like traditional medical lasers, but a key difference exists. As opposed to a specific wavelength, IPL lasers use an entire waveband. The advantage to IPL lasers is that they can penetrate the skin to different depths, essentially serving the purpose of a multitude of traditional lasers.
The Ellipse I2PL system treats skin conditions by emitting wavebands in short bursts of light from a lamp source. The light works by creating heat energy to complete its purpose without damaging any surrounding tissue.
Despite the IPL’s ability to produce an entire waveband, the Ellipse I2PL removes any wavelengths that are not needed for the current treatment. This is accomplished through a dual-mode filtering system.
Uses of IPL
Skin rejuvenation is intended to make your face look younger by removing redness, uneven pigmentation, and many other imperfections.
Excessive exposure to the sun can damage our skin in several ways, including causing a decrease in collagen production. Collagen is an important protein that is plentiful in the human body. Roughly one-third of our body’s protein is made up of collagen. This protein helps maintain everything from our muscles to our skin.
Altogether, there are four collagen types in the body, and most of it is considered Type I. Type I collagen is in bones, teeth, skin, and much more. Type IV collagen also works in our skin by assisting with filtration.
While we naturally produce less quality collagen as we age, too much time in the sun can expedite the process. One way to fight back against sun damage is through IPL laser treatments. At Urban Allure, we can discuss your personal level of sun damage and the best treatment regime to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Thread veins that show up on your face or neck may be treatable with IPL therapy. These small veins near the surface of the skin are known as telangiectasias. Well-executed IPL can be absorbed by the hemoglobin in the blood and converted into heat. The heat destroys the protein in the wall of the blood vessel and causes the veins to disappear.
Pimples can genuinely affect a person’s confidence and social anxiety. Pimples are caused by the hormone androgen when it triggers excessive oil production from the sebaceous glands. The oil cannot exit through the pores of the skin, and pimples result when the glands become inflamed.
IPL treatments can reduce the blood that reaches the gland and slow down the production of oil. By lessening the amount of oil, known as sebum, pimples are reduced.
Will It Work for Me?
Skin rejuvenation with IPL is most effective on light skin. Lighter skin results in greater distinction between the skin’s natural color and blemishes such as age spots.
This does not mean the treatment will not work for a variety of skin colors. The technology involved in IPL includes settings for different skin colors by delivering energy in the correct output for a variety of complexions. If you are interested in IPL treatments, you should seek consultation with a medical professional.
Is It Safe?
IPL is comprised of safe, visible light. Using the Ellipse I2PL system, a dual-mode filter removes any wavelengths unnecessary for your unique skin condition. Clinical studies confirm the Ellipse I2PL system is safe and effective.
Where Do I Sign Up?
If you are ready to address ongoing issues with age spots, sun damage, threading veins, or other skin blemishes, it may be time to think about light-based energy found in intense pulsed light options. Skin rejuvenation is possible with the Ellipse I2PL system. From uneven pigmentation to broken capillaries, the folks at Urban Allure are ready to customize a treatment profile based on your unique skin care needs.
Contact Urban Allure in San Francisco, CA today to find out how we can help you give your skin a new lease on life!