We all love to spend time in the sun, but an unfortunate side effect of sun exposure is skin damage. When exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, the skin develops sunspots, which might also be called age spots.
IPL therapy involves the use of intense pulsed light, and it’s frequently used to lighten and remove sunspots. However, it can also be effective for reducing the appearance of brown spots on the hands, chest, neck and face.
The therapy is used to lighten dark spots and reduce redness. If you have hyperpigmentation, rosacea or sun damage, IPL therapy can help you. The procedure has made it easier than ever to correct these skin problems, and it can give you the skin complexion that you desire.
What is IPL Therapy?
It’s commonly called a photofacial or photorejuventation, and the treatment is performed at our office. A treatment with intense pulsed light is capable of erasing irregular pigmentation, freckles and mild sun damage. It uses strong flashes of light to treat your skin.
The pulses of light are able to penetrate your skin and attack the brown pigment that causes freckles and age spots. The heat from the intense light breaks apart the pigment into smaller particles.
The particles will rise to the surface of the skin and feel like scabs, or they might be removed by your body’s lymphatic system. Either way, the treatment eliminates the brown pigments and provides the results that you desire.
The IPL treatment is very effective against brown pigment, but it can even affect dilated capillaries, rosacea, large pores and wrinkles. A major benefit of this procedure is the lack of downtime. IPL therapy uses several different wavelengths of light, so technically, it’s not a laser.
Since it’s not a true laser, it doesn’t deliver the deep resurfacing results that require downtime. The main side effect is minor redness. You might be able to see a difference after a single session, but for optimal results, you’ll need to consider undergoing several individual treatments.
Should You Get IPL Therapy?
The procedure can be very effective for eliminating brown pigmentation, but it’s not ideal for everyone. It’s best for younger patients because they’re likely experiencing the earliest signs of pigmentation. The therapy is also suitable for individuals who’re experiencing uneven skin tone and minor wrinkling.
The reason why many patients seek treatment from IPL therapy is because they’re trying to avoid intensive resurfacing treatments, which can require significant downtime. The greatest benefit of IPL therapy is improved skin complexion.
Treat Your Sun-Damaged Skin
If your skin has been discolored by sun damage, IPL therapy at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center could be a great treatment option to consider. Our office is located in El Segundo and we serve the Los Angeles area. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.