Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light is a photorejuvenation cosmetic procedure. Laser (light) energy is pulsed to penetrate the sub-surface of the skin layers and is absorbed by blood vessels or by pigment. The energy insults these targets and the body begins its natural healing process.
Is Intense Pulsed Light safe?
Intense Pulsed Light uses gentle energy parameters to assure safe, effective treatment. Uniquely shaped pulses precisely heat their intended targets, causing remarkably little or no skin damage or discomfort to surrounding normal skin. Clinical trials conducted by leading authorities on pulsed light document its safety and effectiveness.
What are the benefits of Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light (photorejuvenation) removes age spots, sun-induced freckles, and redness due to broken capillaries. Other benefits of IPL include improving dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, and large pores as well as red flushing skin and rosacea.
What results are expected with Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light restores skin to a fresh, youthful appearance. The bottom line is new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of skin imperfections.
What can I expect during treatments with Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light involves minimal discomfortThe treatments usually range from 15-30 minutes. A cool gel is applied to the cleansed target area. IPL is well tolerated by most although a sensation of a rubber band snapping when the light is delivered is common. Immediately following treatment, you can resume regular activities. Generally a series of five sessions is recommended.
What aftercare is recommended following Intense Pulsed Light treatment?
Gentle cleansing and limiting exposure to the sun for several weeks before and after treatment are recommended.
What are the possible side effects associated with Intense Pulsed Light?
Side effects are rare with Intense Pulsed Light. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. Unlike deep laser resurfacing and chemical peels, ILS is not accompanied by an extended period of redness and swelling, nor does it involve ablation of the upper layer of skin.
Am I a candidate for Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light can be used on patients with certain skin types and on most areas of the body. Since this procedure spares health tissue, it can be performed on delicate skin areas, such as the face, neck, chest, and hands. Patients with the following conditions need to be individually assessed for this treatment:
- Current of history of cancer, especially malignant melanoma or recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer or pre cancerous lesions such as multiple dysplastic nevi
- Any active infection
- Patients with recurrent herpes simplex, systemic lupus erythematosus or porphyrias as these disease may be stimulated by light at the wavelength used in the laser treatment
- Use of photosensitive medications and/or herbs that may cause sensitivity to laser light such as isotretinoin, tetracycline, Acutane, or St. John’s Wort in the past 6 months
- Immunosuppressive diseases, including AIDS and HIV infection, or use of immunosuppressive medications
- History of bleeding tendencies or on oral anticoagulants
- History of keloid scarring
- Exposure to sun or artificial tanning during the 3-4 weeks prior to treatment
- Are pregnant
What does Intense Pulsed Light cost?
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Schedule a Consultation
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Connie Fogarty, RN today. During our meeting, we will advise on whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatment, as well as compose a custom treatment plan designed to achieve the smooth, clear and vein-free skin you’ve always wanted. Call the office today and one of our seasoned staff members will be able to assist you.
Leslie Kay has 23 years of experience in gastroenterology nursing. In addition, she holds certificates in cosmetic injectables, laser therapy, and sclerotherapy from the National Laser Institute in Dallas, Texas. Leslie is a native of southern California, has 3 grown...
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