IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. These are light based treatments that improve the appearance of multiple skin conditions, including Rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. It is very effective for hair removal and is also used to tighten skin which has lost some of its elasticity. This very exciting treatment involves little or no “down time” for recovery. You can resume normal activities immediately.
What are the benefits of IPL?
- Treatments improve sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, sun damaged skin, and early signs of aging.
- Treatments improve red flushing skin, rosacea, and broken capillaries
- Enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone.
- Minimal discomfort during treatment.
- Resume regular activities immediately.
Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone. As may as seventy-million Americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damaged skin. Sun exposure. alcohol, medications, stress and aging are common causes of Rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness and flushing skin. IPL treatments control flushing and, in many cases, reduces the need for topical cortisone creams and antibiotics. Schedule your consultation and discover how this treatment can work for you!
The Advanced Palomar Icon IPL Machine
The Palomar Icon™ XD Aesthetic System is the next generation of “platform” technology with the power and built-in cooling allows for safe and highly effective treatment of multiple problems:
The Skintel™ reader – the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, allows for precise adjustments of setting to optimize effectiveness and safety. The Palomar Icon system provides fast treatments with usually excellent results. Adjustable cooling technology keeps skin temperature lower to reduce treatment discomfort and minimize the risk of skin damage during the procedure, while the Hexagonal XFTM Microlens allows for high speed non-ablative fractional resurfacing with increased surface coverage.
How does the treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. THe heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks until desired results are achieved.
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Is this different from a Laser?
Lasers uses only one single frequency. It has multiple applications in medicine. However, since IPL uses a spectrum of light (a range of multiple frequencies) it has a broader range of application than any single-wavelength laser.
Who is a good candidate for IPL?
Patients with rosacea, red flushed faces secondary to acne rosacea, facial blood vessels and capillaries, sun damaged skin, pigmented facial spots and enlarged pores.
Who is NOT a good candidate for IPL?
Darker complexions, tanned skin, spray tans or recently tanned skin individuals are generally not good candidates for the treatment. Men who wish to have facial treatments, should note the beard /mustache area can have patchy hair loss after a session, so may not want to treat this area where regular facial hair grows.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Face, neck and hands.
What is a treatment like?
Treatments may vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. First, the treated area is numbed with a topic cream. This will reduce any discomfort from the procedure. A cool gel is then applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a mild snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, and the skin cleansed. Pain is minimal. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment. For skin texture improvement an exfoliating “prep” treatment may be recommended.
How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of treatments is required. Some patients see significant improvement in just 2-3 treatments; others require more. Treatments are administered every 3-4 weeks. Each treatment session takes approximately 15-45 minutes, depending on treated areas. For some patients up to 5 treatments 3 weeks apart are required. Future follow-up treatments may be recommended to maintain results. Often, optiman results are achieved when treatment is performed in congjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, Restylane or Radiesse.
How quickly do patients see results?
After one or two treatments, your skin will have more even tone and a smoother look and feel. Sunspots will start to fade and pores can become less apparent. Fine lines and wrinkles may soften over time. These improvements continue with each treatment. Patient with acne rosacea will see a reduction in facial redness as a result of each treatment.
What are the side effects?
Post-treatment pinkness and mild discomfort like a sunburn sensation for a few hours . Areas treated may be prone to hyperpigmentation ( darking of the skin). Avoidance of the sun and wearing sunscreen daily are advised. Because all individuals are different, we generally will begin your sessions at a more conservative level then progressively increase the treatment levels. This will minimize any unwanted side effects and any potential skin burns, yet develop an ideal treatment protocol for each individual