Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a useful tool in improving the tone and texture of skin affected by the sun, pigmentation issues, and the natural aging process.
A laser facial is a quick, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that men and women can undergo during a lunch break – approximately 15 minutes is needed – and get right back to usual routines without any recovery time.
Understanding the Technology Behind IPL Treatments
Intense puled light involves the use of a device that produces pulses of light using a powerful flash lamp. These flashes of light travel through a handheld device, passing through a chamber that contains xenon gas.
The pulses of laser light then hit a crystal at the end of the device and send the resulting energy into the tissue of the skin. At the same time an IPL handheld device usually contains a cooling device that also protects the patient’s skin from excessive heat or burns.
Designed to treat varicose veins, the first recorded use of an IPL device occurred in 1996. German dermatologists tested the technology on a group of 80 patients, all with port wine birthmarks. Successful results led to its use in skin rejuvenation procedures. As the light penetrates the tissue, it shrinks the size of blood vessels and oil glands, and causes pigmentation to break down. It can also stimulate collagen.
Conditions Corrected by the Laser Facial
Laser facial IPL treatments offer a range of corrective benefits for the face. If you have birthmarks, IPL can reduce their size. It may not make them disappear, but it can make them less noticeable. Uneven pigmentation is another issue IPL treatments help ease.
Sun spots caused by exposure to the sun’s rays and pigmentation changes caused by fluctuating hormones are both improved through IPL treatments. IPL helps the skin shed its dull, upper layers. This can lead to smoother skin with fine lines and wrinkles that are less apparent.
As IPL therapy shrinks the size of your sebaceous oil glands, a laser treatment also helps with acne. Depending on the severity of your skin problems, more than one treatment may be necessary.
What to Expect During and After IPL Treatments
During an IPL treatment, you may not even need anesthesia. It’s not painful, and most compare it to the sensation of having something snap against your skin. If you prefer the use of a topical anesthetic, it can be applied prior to your treatment. Otherwise, the only thing that is applied is a cooling gel.
Following IPL therapy, your skin may be slightly red or look flushed, but this eases quickly. You can get back to work or your usual routine immediately following your appointment.
Dr. Gregory Chernoff is a name many in Indiana and California recognize thanks to his expertise as a triple board certified surgeon. Following completion of medical school, Dr. Chernoff completed eight years of intensive training in a variety of areas including facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, laser therapy, breast rejuvenation, and body contouring.
Watch Dr. Chernoff’s laser facial video to learn more laser facial IPL treatments in Indiana and California. Call (317) 573-8899 in Indianapolis, (707) 544-3232 in Santa Rosa, or (800) 482-5499 in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California.