Lasers and light devices, like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are the most exciting advances in cosmetic treatments. IPL skin rejuvenation (or photofacial) is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of light to improve pigment issue such as freckles, age spots, redness, rosacea, sun damage and spider veins. It can be performed just about anywhere on the body, including the face, chest, neck, back, shoulders, arms or legs.
The light penetrates the skin with a series of pulses, which is then converted into heat energy. The heat energy destroys the brown discolored cells without affecting the nearby healthy skin. The blood within blood vessels also absorbs the heat energy, and seals the blood vessels shut. Benefits of IPL skin rejuvenation include:
On the day of your IPL skin rejuvenation, your skin should be tan-free, whether from the sun, lotion, spray or a tanning bed. Any tan will hinder the detection of the blemishes you want removed.
We glide the IPL handpiece across your skin while delivering brief pulses of light. You will feel a warm sensation. The number of pulses will depend on the size of the area being treated. Also depending on the size of the treated area, it can take from a few minutes or as much as an hour.
The downtime for IPL is often a few hours in which the treated area may feel red, warm or slightly irritated. You may resume your normal activities right away. In the following days, the brown areas may get a little darker. This will disappear in a few days. Topical medications may cause additional irritation. So, you can resume these after 2 days have passed. Be extra cautious about sun exposure for the following month.
IPL is ideal for patients with light skin who tend to get sun damage and freckles. Risks of the procedure include burning and discoloration of the skin. Because the brown color in the skin is the target of the IPL treatment, these risks are greater in darker skin types. Therefore, a consultation can determine if IPL skin rejuvenation is right for you.
Multiple treatments are usually needed for maximum results. While you will see improvement after the first treatment, an average treatment plan is between 3-4 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart.
Eternal Dermatology is located in Maple Lawn, Fulton MD and provides expert IPL skin rejuvenation to Columbia MD and surrounding areas. We are the only laser and cosmetic center in Fulton Maryland, lead by a board-certified dermatologist. Therefore, this ensures safe treatments with the best results and the highest quality of care.