Intense pulsed light therapy – abbreviated as IPL therapy – is a revolutionary cosmetic treatment that stimulates the body to create more collagen. It is generally used as a facial treatment, so it is often known as an IPL photofacial. This type of treatment is different from laser treatment, however.
An IPL photofacial uses a specialized instrument that pulses light in a variety of wavelengths. Depending on the depth of the treatment, the patient’s skin tone and skin thickness and the severity of the problem, certain wavelengths are selected.
We highly recommend this outpatient procedure for those who are concerned about the onset of age-related wrinkles due to a loss of collagen production, brittle skin that has lost moisture and the appearance of small discolorations in the skin.
How an IPL Photofacial Works
Before we perform this type of treatment, we examine the client’s face closely and determine the reason why wrinkles are forming. We measure the skin tone and the thickness of the skin where treatment is necessary.
The instrument used is a handheld device connected to a computer terminal. We set the wavelength so that the light energy will pass right through the epidermis to be absorbed by the lower dermal layers. This is where the heat energy is concentrated. The body responds to the heat energy by producing as much as 20 percent more collagen.
Each light pulse lasts only for a few milliseconds. In most cases, a treatment session lasts only about 20 to 30 minutes, which is why this procedure is often referred to as a lunchtime treatment. We apply a cooling gel to the skin prior to using the IPL instrument, and the patient will feel only slight tingling and a sensation of gentle heat.
What Patients Should Know
No downtime is required after an IPL photofacial. We usually schedule several treatment sessions, spaced about a week apart. The visible results aren’t immediately noticeable, but a continued increase in collagen production can last for several months after the sessions are completed.
Advantages of IPL Therapy
There is no surgery involved, nor is there any abrasive skin resurfacing performed when an IPL photofacial is chosen as the treatment method. Some individuals are sensitive to chemical peels because the acid used can actually cause permanent discolorations.
On the other hand, IPL therapy uses gentle pulsed light energy, which not only stimulates collagen production, but can also diminish the appearance of certain age spots – especially superficial ones – without the need for skin ablation or laser heat.
Learn More About IPL Photofacial Treatment
An IPL photofacial may be all you need to restore your face to its more youthful appearance. Schedule your own personal consultation with our professionals at Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss in Evansville. You’ll get all the facts about how an IPL photofacial can turn back the clock and give you smoother, suppler facial skin. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.