Intense Pulse Light (IPL) at Advanced Specialty Care in Connecticut
As we age, the effects of sun damage become more apparent. People get red and brown blotches on their skin. The skin becomes rough and develops uneven skin tones. We all associate this with “looking older”. Using the lumenis M22 IPL machine much of this sun damage can be reversed. The intense pulsed light (IPL) targets this damage and can restore a more youthful skin appearance. This treatment is often called a photofacial.
What does IPL treat?
How does the IPL work?
The IPL targets the enlarged blood vessels and abnormal brown pigment in the skin. It can destroy this damage gradually reducing it over a series of 3-4 treatments. Patients see a 70-90% improvement in redness, brown color and skin tone.
What happens during an IPL treatment?
First a cool gel is applied to the skin. Then there is a series of light pulses that feel like a mild heating of the skin. The treatment takes 15- 20 minutes. Afterwards there is often a mild redness of the skin that lasts for a few hours. Discomfort is minimal and patients return to their daily activities immediately. The treated blood vessels and brown spots may appear temporarily darker and will fade over 1-2 weeks. Sun protection before and after the treatment is very important.
IPL Skin Post-Treatment Instructions
The interval between follow-up evaluation/treatment is four to six weeks.
Is IPL safe?
The IPL is a complex machine and if used incorrectly can cause adverse effects. In skilled hands the IPL treatment is very safe. All IPL treatments at Advanced Specialty Care are evaluated by a physician and are performed under physician supervision.
What can I do to help maintain the results of my IPL treatment?
Since the damage comes from sun exposure strict sun protection is necessary. Additionally a medical grade skin rejuvenation cream is recommended to continue the rejuvenation process. A maintenance IPL treatment once or twice a year can also be helpful.
IPL treatments are available at Advanced Specialty Care in Ridgefield and Stamford, CT. Contact our office to you IPL schedule a consultation today.