Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), most often referred to simply as IPL, is often held up as an incredible example of laser skincare technology. It’s an incredible tool in combating sun damage and reversing natural wear and tear on our skin.
What if we told you there was so much more to it than that?
If you are concerned about how your skin looks because of sun damage, fine lines, or skin conditions like rosacea, Renew Aesthetics can help!
Fight photoaging with IPL therapy
Ok, the basics.
IPL is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin of adults with hyperpigmentation, redness, age spots, and broken capillaries on their face and neck—all signs of photoaging (premature skin aging and damage caused by sun exposure).
IPL is not an invasive procedure, but is still known for producing amazing results. Intense pulsed light therapy sends wavelengths of light that warm the skin just enough to set off the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. As the increase in collagen takes effect, you should see a healthier layer with a more even tone and decreased spots of pigmentation.
How does IPL work?
Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator handpiece. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing the light for different applications and skin types.
The light penetrates the tissue into the deeper layers. This energy targets and is absorbed by something called chromophores. Chromophores are responsible for the color of a compound—aka, they are the culprits behind your hyperpigmentation. When they absorb the light energy, it damages the chromophores so they break up and can be flushed from your body through its natural regenerative processes.
The light energy also boosts your natural healing processes and collagen production. Once it is all said and done, you end up with clearer skin that is more even and youthful looking!
What does IPL treat?
With intense pulsed light therapy from Renew Aesthetics, you will get noticeable improvements in the following signs of photoaging:
- Fine Lines
- Sun Spots
But IPL is for a lot more than superficial sun damage. It can also tackle serious, deep tissue issues. Like:
- Spider Veins
- Broken Capillaries
Most notably, it’s proven super effective for rosacea treatments in Rogers!
What Is Rosacea?
While Rosacea’s cause isn’t entirely understood, we know that rosacea is a byproduct of broken or abnormal blood vessels under the skin. This can create unwanted red, blue, or brown spots on the skin.
Rosacea can affect anyone. But it’s most common in middle-aged white women. There’s no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
Facial blushing or flushing.
Rosacea can cause a persistent blushing or flushing in the central part of your face. This sign of the condition may be difficult to see on brown and Black skin.
Small blood vessels of your nose and cheeks break and become visible (spider veins).
Many people with rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus.
The skin of the affected area may feel hot and tender.
Many people with rosacea also experience dry, irritated, swollen eyes and eyelids. This is known as ocular rosacea. In some people, eye symptoms pop up even before skin symptoms.
Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.
IPL for treating Rosacea
IPL is for far more than treating photoaging. It’s a perfect treatment tool for Rosacea. At Renew Aesthetics, we use the Excel® V laser to provide rosacea treatments in Rogers. It offers our patients lasting improvement in their rosacea and skin health!
More on Excel V Laser in Rogers →
The Excel® V laser uses innovative technology that targets abnormal vessels and veins. Blood vessels absorb pulses of green light and transform the light energy into heat.
This heat destroys abnormal vessels, eliminating rosacea and other forms of discoloration. The hand-piece comes with a cooling system that helps manage excessive heat and ensures patient safety.
Best candidates for intense pulsed light therapy
Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial may have sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, age, sun spots, or spider veins.
Our aesthetic team will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for an IPL treatment during your private consultation.
Will one IPL treatment make a difference?
There are many benefits of photofacials, even with just one treatment. IPL won’t make hyperpigmentation, spider veins, or sun spots disappear after your first appointment, but most patients report improvements in the tone and condition of their skin.
Ideal results typically come from 4 to 6 treatments, maintained with proper skin care and protection from the sun.
The great thing is that IPL literally kicks your skin into anti-aging mode, so after years of treatments, you’ll actually look like you’re aging backward! 🙌
Is IPL safe for my skin?
There is minimal risk of skin damage resulting from intense pulsed light therapy. The whole point of this treatment is to reverse damaged conditions! IPL photofacials are non-invasive and gentle enough for a variety of skin types and tones.
We also ensure your candidacy for this skin treatment during your consultation prior to treatment!
Are IPL results permanent?
When it comes to any anti-aging or damage-reversing treatment, there are no permanent results. With time, you will continue to age naturally. IPL does keep your skin looking and feeling younger and with proper skincare, you can keep your skin from photoaging for quite some time.
If you’re using IPL to treat deeper skin concerns, such as wrinkles and skin laxity, results will last as long as the collagen production increase is in effect. Our expert aesthetic team helps determine what the ideal frequency for treatments would be to keep your wrinkles at bay.
Is IPL a laser facial?
Nope! It can be easy to assume IPL is a laser facial because, at first glance, the procedures look similar. They both involve a handpiece that we use on your skin. You may be surprised to learn, however, there is actually a vast difference in the types of light energy used between laser and intense pulsed light therapy.
Laser treatments utilize monochromatic light, typically infrared light. IPL treatments utilize broadband light, which includes all light energies in the color spectrum. What this means is the laser is a far more focused light energy than the “scattered” IPL light.
The IPL treatment, therefore, provides a gentler option for anyone who wants to tackle sun damage without the downtime often associated with laser facials. Laser facials also tend to be more targeted toward specific skin concerns, whereas IPL facials tackle photoaging more broadly.
Here’s how your IPL treatment will go at Renew Aesthetics
No matter whether you’re just here for a photofacial, or seeking rosacea treatments in Rogers, our IPL procedure is always safe and effective.
We perform photofacials inside our Rogers office in one of our minor procedure rooms. The treatment time takes about 20 to 30 minutes. To start the IPL facial, the technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with shields.
Then, we administer the photofacial using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of light energy. While most patients may feel some discomfort during the photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the quick treatment time.
Side Effects of IPL
One of the best things about intense light therapy is the lack of a recovery period! You will leave your appointment with skin that’s a little red and swollen and that will go down by itself in about a day. Renew Aesthetics recommends patients use an ointment on the skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory medication to help decrease swelling.
After several days, the irregularities that once rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It is necessary to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after an IPL photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals!
Follow-up IPL treatments
While you should see visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several photofacial treatments. We recommend approximately 4 to 6 treatments scheduled about 3 weeks apart. When you come in for your consultation and first IPL appointment, we will make sure you have a thorough understanding of what to expect and the timeline of your results.
Next steps after treatment
A member of our team will provide you with recommendations on how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The top rule is to not pick or peel your skin. This could create lasting damage and/or impact your results.
While recovering from your IPL therapy, whether for photoaging or as a component of rosacea treatments in Rogers, you should skip all hair removal methods. At least in the treatment area. That means no shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams.
We will also provide serums and restorative ointments to help soothe and heal your skin!
Schedule IPL and Rosacea Treatments in Rogers today!
With our individualized treatment plans, one-on-one consultations, and superior care, Renew Aesthetics champions our patients. You never have to question whether you are our top priority.
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Book a consultation to review rosacea treatments in Rogers with one of our specialists. We’ll sit down, get to know you, and discuss treatment options. We treat every patient individually with customized treatment plans tailored to their personal needs and goals.
Contact us online or by phone at 479.668.0168 to learn more about our skin services at Renew Aesthetics.
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