IPL is Great for Skin Renewal!

IPL Is Great for Skin Renewal! 

These days it can be overwhelming with all the choices of advanced skin care treatments! The professional skin care marketplace has so many different types of technologies. Well hopefully I can shed some light on the various modalities that there are out there. Today I will share information on the IPL – Intense Pulsed Light Laser.  

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It’s a popular cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin. IPL uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin issues. These include as sun damage, age spots, freckles, birthmarks, rosacea, and even unwanted hair. The targeted tissue absorbs the light energy. The body can then break down and absorb, giving rise to clearer, more evenly toned skin. IPL is often used for facial rejuvenation and can also be used on other areas of the body.

What does IPL help with?

IPL can assist with a number of issues including:

  • Sun damage: IPL can improve the appearance of sunspots, age spots, and freckles caused by sun exposure.
  • Rosacea: IPL can reduce redness and flushing associated with rosacea, a chronic skin condition.
  • Uneven skin tone: IPL can target areas of hyperpigmentation and help even out skin tone.
  • Acne: IPL can improve the appearance of acne scars and reduce acne-related redness.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles: IPL can stimulate collagen production. This can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hair removal: IPL can be used for hair removal on various areas of the body. This includes the face, arms, legs, and bikini area.

At Derma Bright Clinic we offer a separate handpiece for LHR! 

Overall, IPL is a versatile treatment that can address a range of skin concerns. And it improves the overall appearance of the skin!

How does it work?

IPL works by delivering a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to the skin. Specific skin targets, such as hemoglobin (which is present in blood vessels) or melanin (which gives the skin its color), absorb the light energy.

In the case of hair removal, the melanin in the hair follicles absorbs the light energy, which is converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth.

For skin rejuvenation, IPL targets areas of excess pigment (like age spots or freckles) or dilated blood vessels (like those seen in rosacea). The heat generated by the light energy causes these targeted areas to break down. This is then absorbed by the body, leading to a more even skin tone and texture.

Overall, IPL treatment can help improve the appearance of the skin by targeting specific concerns while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected.

What are the benefits?

  • Improvement in skin tone and texture: IPL can help reduce the appearance of sun damage, age spots, freckles, and other types of hyperpigmentation, resulting in a more even skin tone and smoother texture.
  • Redness reduction: IPL can target and lessen redness brought on by rosacea or other skin conditions such as red veins and brown spots, resulting in a more uniform complexion.
  • Stimulation of collagen production: IPL can stimulate collagen production, which can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hair removal: IPL can be an effective method for long-term hair removal from various areas of the body, providing a smooth and hair-free skin surface.
  • Non-invasive: IPL is a non-invasive treatment, meaning it does not require incisions or injections, and typically has minimal downtime.
  • Customizable: IPL treatments can be tailored to target specific skin concerns and areas, making it a versatile option for a variety of skin types and conditions.

Overall, IPL treatments can provide noticeable improvements in skin appearance and texture, leading to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance

How much does it cost?

The cost of IPL treatments can vary depending on several factors. These include: area treated, sessions required, provider’s expertise, geographic location.

On average, a single IPL treatment session can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 or more. However, most people require a series of treatments for optimal results. These can range from 3 to 6 sessions or more, spaced several weeks apart.

It’s important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs. They can also give you an accurate cost estimate based on your circumstances.

At Derma Bright Clinic we often run promotions on the IPL. We also have a monthly Laser Club where you can take advantage of monthly IPL, LHR and Scar treatments.

Does it work?

IPL treatments can be effective for many people in improving the appearance of various skin concerns. These include sun damage, age spots, freckles, rosacea, and unwanted hair. However, the effectiveness of IPL can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s skin type and condition, the specific concern being treated, and the skill and experience of the treatment provider.

When carried out by a skilled professional, IPL can generally result in noticeable improvements in skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. It’s important to have realistic expectations about the results of IPL treatment. You can discuss your goals and concerns with your skin care technician before undergoing treatment.

It’s also worth noting that while IPL can provide significant improvements. Maintenance treatments may be needed to sustain the results over time, especially for concerns like sun damage and aging skin.

Overall, IPL is a versatile treatment that can address a range of skin concerns and improve the overall appearance of the skin. However, it’s important to consult with a skin care professional. They will help to determine if IPL is the right treatment for your specific skin condition.

What kind of aftercare is recommended for IPL?

  • Avoiding sun exposure: Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and avoiding direct sunlight, especially in the days following treatment.
  • Cool compress: Applying a cool compress or ice pack to the treated area can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Gentle cleansing: Use a gentle cleanser and avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants for the first few days after treatment.
  • Moisturizing: Keep your skin moisturized to help with healing and prevent dryness or peeling.
  • Avoiding certain products: Avoid using products that contain irritants such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid immediately after treatment.
  • Avoiding heat: Avoid hot baths, saunas, or hot tubs for a few days after treatment, as heat can exacerbate swelling and redness.
  • Avoid picking or scratching: Do not pick or scratch at the treated area, as this can lead to scarring or infection.
  • Follow-up appointments: Attend any follow-up appointments as scheduled to assess the results and address any concerns.

It’s important to follow your skin care professional’s specific instructions for aftercare. This may vary depending on the type of IPL treatment and your skin type.

What are the contraindications for IPL?

  • Pregnancy: IPL treatment is not recommended for pregnant women due to the potential risks to the fetus.
  • Certain skin conditions: People with active skin infections, such as cold sores, acne, or eczema, may need to wait until the condition resolves before undergoing IPL treatment.
  • Recent sun exposure or tanning: IPL treatment is not recommended for individuals with recent sunburns. Also those who have recently tanned, as this can increase the risk of skin damage.
  • History of skin cancer: Individuals with a history of skin cancer or a predisposition to skin cancer may not be suitable candidates for IPL treatment.
  • Certain medications: Some medications, such as isotretinoin (Accutane), can make the skin more sensitive to light and may increase the risk of complications from IPL treatment.
  • Skin type: IPL may not be suitable for individuals with darker skin tones, as it can potentially cause changes in pigmentation.
  • History of keloid scarring: People with a history of keloid scarring may be at a higher risk of developing keloids after IPL treatment.

It’s important to consult with a qualified skin care professional to determine if IPL treatment is suitable for you based on your individual medical history and skin type.

IPL is available at Derma Bright Clinic. If you are curious, BOOK an appointment for a free consultation. In the month of May 2024, we are featuring a great special for IPL packages!

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