Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a treatment used by medical dermatologists to treat a variety of skin conditions including hand rejuvenation. Those who want to reduce wrinkling, or suffer from unsightly veins, spotting or rosacea can see dramatic improvement with IPL. In addition, this form of laser therapy is very effective at reversing sun damage.
Benefits of IPL Treatment
Intense pulsed light therapy can be used for hair removal, as well as to target birthmarks, spider veins, and skin discoloration. Click here to learn more about the benefits and common uses of this form of laser treatment.
How IPL is Different From Other Treatment Options
The laser used in IPL therapy has the flexibility of using different head pieces. This helps the doctor achieve the best results, depending on the area that is being treated. Intense pulsed light treatment is used on the facial area to treat flushing and redness, or damage from too much exposure to the sun. The treatment is also very effective for the symptoms of rosacea, which include redness, swollen veins and pimples. Treatment time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes and does not cause any pain.
What to Expect After IPL Treatment
Redness is usually the first symptom to resolve after IPL treatment. Skin will have a more even tone and will feel soft to the touch. Pores will appear smaller, and wrinkles will become smoother. Those who suffer from rosacea will see fewer breakouts and may be able to reduce or even eliminate medication.
Recovery from IPL
Most of our Orange County patients fully recover from IPL within five days. Some mild redness and flaking of the skin may be experienced right after the procedure. This exfoliation process is normal. While five treatments are enough for many people, others with more complex skin conditions may require further IPL therapy to achieve the desired result.
Those who are interested in exploring IPL treatment for a skin condition should make an appointment with an experienced dermatologist.