While everyone deserves to have their moment in the Sun, too much of it can damage our skin.
Thankfully, with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, you can reverse the effects of Sun and other skin damage. This simple, non-invasive treatment can save you from things like major surgery or extended downtime.
Let’s look at how IPL may be just what you need to bring back your skin’s youthful glow.
How IPL Works
Approved to treat dilated blood vessels in 1995, IPL can today noticeably decrease brown spots, shrink broken capillaries, and lessen rosacea. How does it accomplish this? The IPL device delivers an arc of light that penetrates all levels of your skin. Ironically, subjecting your deeper skin to the right amount of stress can stimulate it to heal itself and repair damage that other lasers may not help.
Compared to other laser treatments, the device used to deliver IPL is larger. Therefore, your doctor can treat wider skin areas without having to pinpoint individual spots. Plus, a wider treatment area makes it possible to rejuvenate the skin on other areas like the hands, arms, neck, and chest.
The Benefits of IPL
Over a series of treatments, patients notice improved skin texture and tone, smaller pore sizes, less discoloration from sun damage, and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, to some degree, IPL can remove unwanted hair. Overall, after treatment, your skin will appear rejuvenated and younger-looking.
The IPL Procedure
The IPL treatment itself lasts approximately 30 minutes per session, depending on the amount of skin you’d like to treat. As for how the procedure feels, patients often report a prickling or stinging sensation that, for most, is easy to tolerate. IPL recipients can return home or to the office immediately after their session. For the most substantial effects, most patients require three to six sessions spaced three weeks apart.
Your IPL Recovery
One of the most significant benefits of IPL is that it requires little to no downtime. Patients can get back to work often within the same day. Importantly, patients need to take precautions to avoid direct sunlight and use SPF 30+ sunscreen several days after treatment. Recipients of IPL also need to avoid using harsh or exfoliating skin products on treated areas and refrain from taking hot showers or baths.
Is IPL Right for You?
Just like with all other treatments, some patients are a better fit for IPL than others. It tends to work best on patients with lighter, untanned skin. Patients with deeper skin tones run the risk of hyperpigmentation, which causes areas of the skin to darken.
The best way to determine if a procedure like IPL can meet your skin rejuvenation needs is to talk to an expert. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. Shadan Kabiri is a skilled expert in facial rejuvenation. Thanks to her friendly and supportive approach, you’ll never feel rushed or pressured into a treatment that isn’t the best for you. Contact her Vancouver office today to set up your free consultation!