Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense pulsed light (IPL) has grown more popular as a treatment for various skin imperfections such as age spots and sun spots, as well as vascular conditions like spider veins. This cosmetic treatment uses a high-intensity light to penetrate below the skin’s surface where melanin creates brown spots and broken capillaries form. IPL also stimulates collagen production, so it helps to firm up the skin.
Good candidates for an IPL treatment are those who have light skin complexions and are plagued with sun damage, other skin issues, some skin laxity, and broken capillaries. IPL will treat vascular lesions such as port wine stains, rosacea, spider angiomas, and red thread veins in the legs. Aside from removing freckles and age spots, IPL can also remove fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
The IPL Procedure
Although it is not a laser treatment, IPL works upon the same principles as lasers, using light energy that is then absorbed by particular color cells in the skin. When the light is converted into heat energy, it damages the specific target cells, causing their destruction and the disappearance of these certain skin conditions.
The IPL treatment is often called a “lunchtime” treatment since it only takes about 30 to 45 minutes. It doesn’t require any downtime; the patient can return to work immediately after the procedure. During your treatment, you will be required to wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the light source. Most patients report minimal discomfort throughout the procedure, likening it to a light pinch or snap from a rubber band.
Recovery from the IPL Procedure
After treatment, your skin may become a little sore and slightly pink at the treatment locations. This mild sunburn sensation may last a few days, however these side effects can be alleviated through the application of a cold compress or post-procedure creams available as recommended by our aesthetician at Oasis Medical Spa & Wellness.