To improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is an option. This treatment can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure that people often notice on their face, neck, hands, or chest. If you have red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition, IPL may help. Today, we at Open Door Med Spa would like to continue discussing intense pulsed light.

How Does IPL Work?

To target a certain color in your skin, IPL uses light energy. To get rid of the skin damage you’re being treated for, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells when the skin is heated. An IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light unlike lasers. At the same time, it can treat a range of skin conditions. Because your skin tone is more even you may look younger after IPL. You can get better quickly since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue.

What Does IPL Treat?

If you have pale or light brown skin, this treatment is especially effective.
– Acne
– Birthmarks
– Stretch marks
– Liver or age spots
– Broken blood vessels
– Brown spots, also called liver or age spots
– Dark spots from hormonal changes
– Discolored skin
– Fine wrinkles
– Freckles
– Redness from rosacea
– Scars
– Spider veins
– Unwanted hair

Who is Not a Candidate for IPL Treatment?

Treatment should not be done for patients that are pregnant, have a skin condition, or taking medication for other conditions without a doctors’ approval. People that are sensitive to light; with recently tanned skin using sunlight, tanning beds, or tanning creams; potential skin cancer; very dark-skinned, using of retinoid cream; skin resurfacing disorder; severe scarring; or keloid scar tissue. Those that are scheduled for treatment needs to avoid using perfume, makeup, and scented products that can irritate your skin.

IPL Treatment Effectiveness

Depending on what you want the treatment to fix, dictates how well IPL works.
Redness: Light can get rid of 50%-75% of broken blood vessels for most people after one to three treatments, though they will not complete go away. New veins might show up later, though treated veins don’t come back. IPL can be a good alternative to laser therapy if rosacea causes your face and is most effective for people under 40 and when your condition is moderate to severely.
Sun damage: Caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays, you may see 70% less of the brown spots and redness.
Hair removal: If you have light skin and dark hair, you’ll get the most benefit. Should you have dark skin or blond hair, it may not work.
Acne: In the event you have acne or the scarring it causes IPL may help. In order to notice a difference, you may need about six sessions.

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If you are interested in intense pulsed light therapy, call the experts of Open Door Med Spa and schedule a consultation. We can determine if you are a candidate and answer any questions you may have regarding treatment.