Improve Complexion with IPL for the Philadelphia Area
Sun exposure and the hands of time are not a good combination for anyone who wants to enjoy youthful, healthy-looking skin. Ultraviolet radiation can cause a range of problems, including the appearance of dark spots and other cosmetic changes. Intense pulsed light is just one of a number of methods used at the Philadelphia area’s Mind Your Skin to address areas of sun damage, making skin look more even in tone and coloration.
What Are the Basics of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
Norbertus Robben, MD’s Mind Your Skin uses a device known as Cutera® LimeLight for intense pulsed light treatments. The hand-piece delivers specific wavelengths of light energy directly into the skin, where pigmented cells absorb it and quickly heat up. These cells are ultimately killed by the heat, leading to a change in the look of the skin.
*Individual results may vary.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are particularly effective at reducing the appearance of sun spots, pigmented lesions, and thin visible capillaries and veins, because all of these cosmetic annoyances tend to stand out in contrast to surrounding skin. Browns will ultimately flake away, while vascular concerns fade as the unneeded veins collapse and are reabsorbed by the body.
What is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Session Like?
The specifics of each intense pulsed light session depend on the type and number of conditions/lesions being treated. A single pigmented lesion will require less time to treat than a larger area of visible veins.
The treatment is entirely nonsurgical, so nothing will pierce the surface of the skin. The light, however, is intense—as the name of the treatment indicates. Patients may experience a stinging sensation or the feel of a pinch or snap against the surface, so a topical cooling solution may be applied to minimize discomfort.
The session itself will typically last about 15 minutes. Note that more than one intense pulsed light treatment may be required to get the full benefit of the device. More extensive signs of sun damage and more delicate areas will require more sessions to resolve.
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The skin will appear somewhat red and feel sensitive immediately after treatment, with immediate results also potentially apparent. Further flaking and fading should yield their most dramatic results within four to six weeks.
How Long Do Intense Pulsed Light Results (IPL) Last?
It is possible to develop new signs of (previous or ongoing) sun damage after an intense pulsed light treatment, especially if proper precautions are not being taken in the form of adequate sunscreen applied regularly. Similarly, new capillaries may form over time. So retreatment may be needed after four to six weeks, and then biannually.
What Else is Available at Mind Your Skin in Philadelphia and Havertown?
Dr. Robben uses light in numerous cosmetic procedures, especially in the form of lasers. Mind Your Skin offers focused laser vein treatments, laser hair reduction, laser skin lifting and tightening, laser skin resurfacing, and laser skin rejuvenation. Talk to him and his team to find out which of these options—and others available at the practice—may yield the best results.