IPL is growing in popularity, and for good reason. It is a noninvasive, simple way to take care of a variety of skin problems and leave skin looking youthful and revitalized. Here is some more information on IPL and why it might be the perfect procedure for you!
What is IPL?
“IPL” stands for “intense pulsed light.” The procedure is nonsurgical – a handheld device is simply moved over the problem area. Pulses of light reach deep into the skin layers to break up problem tissue and leave skin looking refreshed. IPL can treat problems such as sun damage, freckles, spider veins, rosacea, areas with unwanted skin pigment, and age spots. For patients who need a little more help, IPL with Levulan can be used – Levulan pretreats the skin before the treatment and makes IPL even more effective for those tougher areas. IPL using the Palomar system can also be used to remove hair.
What happens during IPL?
Before treatment, you will be given eye shields to protect your eyes from the light. The handpiece is moved across the skin to break up blemishes, and that’s it! It typically takes about an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Typically, patients need three to five treatments spaced out 3 to 4 weeks apart. Some blemishes may disappear right away – others might take a couple of weeks before they are completely gone. Most patients report IPL isn’t painful, although some patients may be more sensitive than others; it is said to feel like a rubber band snapping on the skin. There is no downtime and very few adverse reactions – your skin may be swollen and red, but these effects won’t last long. You should avoid going out into the sun for several days, and make sure to use sunscreen for 2 weeks after the procedure (of course, sunscreen is always a good idea!).
It turns out that IPL can do a lot for you! It is an effective, safe, noninvasive way to get rid of annoying blemishes and unwanted hair. Schedule an IPL appointment at Stockton Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, today! Call (480) 610-6366.