Intense Pulsed Light
Light from the sun is the cause of much of our skin's aging. By using a specialized medically-selected light in specific wavelengths, you can actually repair a great deal of the damage the sun caused. IPL, also referred to Photofacial, Fotofacial or Photo laser, is a common acronym for Intense Pulsed Light.
How does IPL work?
IPL Fotofacial reduces many forms of pigmentation and removes tiny red veins by the use of computer-controlled flashes of high-intensity light. This light is absorbed by brown pigment (melanin) and red pigment (hemoglobin) instantly creating heat in those selected cells within your skin. Heat destroys the melanin-making cells and breaks up the accumulated pigment. The small red vessels coagulate and are absorbed by the body's cleansing mechanism.
Solutions to Brownspots, Hyper-pigmentation, Skin aging
Dr. Albert or Dr. Toerge will apply a thick clear gel to your skin. This gel protects the top layer of your skin. With each pulse, a very bright flash of light is generated. Although you will be wearing protective goggles, you will be aware of the light flash. Treatments are quick and are generally completed in about 15 to 20 minutes.The gel is removed from your skin and you can return to your regular activity right away.
There is usually a darkening of the brown spots within a few days as the pigment rises to the skin surface and sloughs off. Small vessels fade over a period of 10 to 14 days. Treatments are spaced three to four weeks apart. IPL does not hurt, but you will feel the light burst. For patients who have never had IPL before, the first pulse of light is sometimes a bit startling.
How many treatments will I need?
- Brown spots, pigmentation and solar "freckles" - 2 to 5 treatments
- Spider veins and vascular lesions - 3 to 6 treatments
More pronounced spider veins will sometimes respond faster to Vbeam laser treatments. Dr. Albert or Dr. Toerge will advise you which procedure will work best for you.
Before and After Photo
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