What Does Intense Pulsed Light Do?
More and more people are turning to intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, making it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments we offer at Santa Monica Dermatology Group. Why is this treatment so popular and what can it do to improve your skin’s appearance?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive rejuvenating skincare treatment that uses pulses of high-intensity light to reduce the appearance of common skin imperfection such as,
- Redness caused by rosacea
- Broken blood vessels, capillaries, and spider veins
- Vascular lesions (e.g. birthmarks; hemangiomas)
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Blotchy, uneven skin
- Stretch marks and superficial scars
- Lines and wrinkles
IPL is a non-ablative procedure, which means that it safely penetrates the dermis or deeper layers of the skin without affecting the outer layers and without requiring any anesthesia. This also means that procedure is minimally invasive, with little to no post-treatment downtime (most patients can return to work the very same day). Depending on the area you wish to treat, the process can take as little as 30 minutes, with larger regions taking up to 90 minutes to complete.
What To Expect
During your consultation, our dermatologists will examine your skin to make sure that IPL photorejuvenation treatment will be able to give you the results you need. While patients may see results after a single session, most patients will require anywhere from 3-5 sessions (each session separated a few weeks apart) in order to achieve full results. Of course, the entire treatment process including how many sessions you will require is something that we can discuss at length during your consultation, as well as address any questions about this treatment that you might have.
Many people turn to IPL treatment because it can take years off their appearance, improve skin’s overall tone and texture without a recovery period or having to undergo extensive cosmetic treatment or surgery. It works by stimulating collagen production, which helps to improve the skin’s texture and firmness.