IPL, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, also called Photofacial skin treatments can treat a very wide range of skin problems. Whether you have aging skin, Rosacea, broken blood vessels, unwanted hair, brown spots, acne, or sun damage, IPL treatments are a safe, easy, no down time method to correct these problems.
What Is IPL, Intense Pulsed Light or Photofacial Therapy?
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is not a laser, but rather a much gentler and safer form of light therapy skin care treatment. IPL uses a flash of visible light, like a very powerful flash bulb or digital flash, not laser light to remove unwanted pigment, blood vessels, red spots, hair, acne and sun damage from the skin.
IPL however uses sophisticated filters that only allow a very specific color or wavelength of the visible light spectrum to pass through on to the skin. The IPL is tuned or set to flash only the color of light that is needed to remove a specific target, such as hair, a blood vessel or brown spot. For example, if you want to remove a blood vessel from the skin, IPL flashes light which matches the color of blood in the vessel. The IPL light energy is absorbed by the blood in the vessel, the blood is heated and the vessel is damaged and removed, but all other tissues around the blood vessel are not affected. Notice in the before and after picture of IPL blood vessel removal below that after the vessel is removed there is no scar and no trace on the skin that anything was done to remove the blood vessel:
This method is called target specific photothermolysis. What it involves is using light energy to heat a target such as a brown spot to dissolve the unwanted pigment. Photo means light, thermo means heat and lysis means to dissolve. The most important feature of IPL is that this form of light energy can be tuned to only target a specific color and leave the normal skin around the pigment, or other target, undamaged. Unlike surgical removal of a brown spot, which damages normal skin as well as the brown pigment and leaves a scar, light therapy using IPL can be tuned to only remove the brown spot and leave the normal skin intact without damage or a scar.
Why Is IPL Better Than Laser?
IPL is less powerful than laser light. Since all light therapies work by producing heat to dissolve the target, less heat means less danger of burn injury and scarring. IPL is capable of producing enough light energy to remove many skin abnormalities, but is able to do so with less energy, less heat and less risk of over treatment and scarring than with lasers.
IPL treatments are less painful than laser treatments and do not require a topical anesthetic. There is minimal to no down time or visible marks following IPL treatments, unlike laser skin treatments
In my practice IPL or Photofacial light treatments are the treatment of choice for hair removal, acne, brown spots, sun damage, red spots, broken blood vessels, Rosacea, spider veins of the legs, and general facial and chest skin rejuvenation treatments.
IPL Photofacial Skin Treatments for Sun Damage and Skin Aging of Chest, Face, and Hands
IPL Photofacial skin treatments of the face and chest produce remarkable skin rejuvenation by removing brown spots and broken blood vessels from the face and décolletage. It is amazing how much younger you look when the skin is cleared to a uniform smooth appearance without blemishes following skin rejuvenation treatments. See before and after pictures of IPL Photofacial removal of brown spots and abnormal blood vessels from the face, chest, and hands below:
IPL Removal of Brown Spots, Sun Spots and Pigment
Larger discreet brown spots and pigment can easily be removed with IPL. See before and after pictures of brown spot or pigment removal below:
IPL Hair Removal
IPL hair removal is very effective and less painful than laser hair removal. See remarkable before and after pictures of IPL hair removal of back, face, under arms and bikini line below:
IPL Removal of Spider Veins and Leg Veins
IPl can effectively remove spider veins from the legs. Larger veins can also be treated with the 1064 laser or sclerotherapy. See before and after pictures of IPL removal of spider veins on the leg below:
IPL Removal of Broken Blood Vessels on Face
Small blood vessels and capillaries and Telangiectasias occur on the face, especially around the nose in many fair skinned people. These abnormal blood vessels occur most commonly as a result of sun damage and aging changes in the skin. The IPL is the treatment of choice for these small facial blood vessels. See before and after pictures of IPL removal of facial blood vessels below:
IPL Removal of Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial flushing and a red face. In time, Rosacea can also cause acne type lesions. IPL treatments can produce remarkable improvement in Rosacea; see before and after pictures of IPL treatment of Rosacea below:
IPL and Photodynamic Therapy for Acne
The newest and most effective treatment for moderate to severe acne and cystic acne is called photodynamic therapy (PDT). Using IPL, blue light or red light combined with a skin photosensitizing agent, remarkable acne removal results are possible. The photosensitizing agent, called Levulan. Levulan, a product containing Aminolevulinic acid (ALA), is applied to the skin to make the skin more sensitive to light. After a waiting period of 30-60 minutes, IPL treatment is done to the skin.
This combination therapy helps remove acne by three methods. First, the acne causing bacteria, Proprionibacterium Acnes, is killed. Secondly, skin exfoliation occurs to remove skin debris. Finally, sebaceous gland oil production is reduced. This combination therapy is effective for severe and cystic acne. PDT can also be used to remove sun damage and rejuvenate the skin.
Find a Good Doctor’s Office for Your IPL Photofacial Treatment
While IPL treatments are safer than laser treatments, safe effective IPL treatments require expertise, skill and knowledge. Your results will only be as good as the experience and skill of the person who does your treatment. IPL therapies are best done under physician supervision. The IPL machines used in Spas are less powerful and thus less effective than those used in a physician’s office. In my office, IPL treatments are done after you have been examined by me and I have decided which IPL treatment is best suited for your unique skin.
My medical aesthetician, trained by me, with over 10 years of experience is the best and most experienced in the Boston area and one of the top IPL experts in the United States. We provide a team approach, expert medical evaluation and treatment planning combined with the best experienced technical IPL treatment.
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