Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is a modern technique that uses laser light to resurface the facial skin. This type of photofacial treatment is known for its gentle removal of age spots, acne scars, and fine line wrinkles without the side effects experienced with surgical cosmetics. IPL Photofacial procedures are non-invasive because the light beams target only damaged cells, stripping them away without harming the adjacent tissue.
At Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss in Evansville, we recommend this type of procedure to anyone who wants a more youthful appearance. Our IPL Photofacial treatments can increase the amount of collagen produced in the dermal layers, the result being more elastic skin and fewer wrinkles.
What Makes IPL Photofacials Unique
Coherent light beams of a particular wavelength are absorbed only by certain tissues. Just as white light is reflected off of some surfaces but is partially absorbed by others, a singular wavelength of light set at a predetermined intensity will be absorbed by some tissue areas but not others.
Our IPL Photofacial procedure is effective because only the targeted skin area and underlying tissue is burned away. Age spots, freckles, acne scars, and shallow wrinkles can be treated safely because these are caused by damaged skin. Crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes and mouth that are caused by thinned skin that is damaged, are not producing the proper amount of collagen, or has been subjected to overexposure to the sun. Our treatment method helps promote the growth of newer, healthier skin.
How the Treatment Works
Unlike abrasive treatments, IPL Photofacial procedures work only on the lower dermal layers. The epidermis itself is not affected because the light passes through this upper layer. The age spot, unwanted hair follicle, or underlying tissue where wrinkles are forming absorbs the laser light, and the damaged cells are literally melted away.
The light is pulsed, meaning that the beam is on for only a short burst. These bursts are repeated until the affected area has absorbed enough radiation. This pulsing helps prevent overheating of the tissue.
What the Patient Can Expect
We recommend avoiding exposure to the sun for several days prior to the treatment. Before the procedure begins, we may apply a topical anesthetic. The session generally lasts less than an hour. Patients may feel a bit of stinging, but there is no intense pain. After the procedure is complete, we may apply a salve or ointment to the face. Most of our patients are scheduled for between four and six sessions, about a month apart.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re interested in experiencing the skin rejuvenating effects of IPL Photofacials, we can help. Our medical team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss today to schedule your consultation.