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What Can Intense Pulsed Light Therapy Treat?

Apr 12, 2023

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is used to treat several types of superficial skin concerns, and it’s a good choice for many people that are searching for a non-surgical treatment. At The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery, we offer IPL treatments to people in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, and Halton that have skin concerns such as blemishes and pigmentation. Contact us on our website to schedule an appointment and take advantage of all the benefits that Intense Pulsed Light Therapy has to offer.

What Is IPL Treatment? 

A blemish is defined as any patch of skin that has a different pigment than the skin tone around it. Blemishes can include sun damage, small red spots or vessels, freckles, and other dark spots. Symptoms such as redness and broken vessels on the face can be caused by rosacea. This uneven skin tone is also considered a blemish.

Specific wavelengths of light energy target pigmented skin cells on the surface of the skin to help your skin shed dead skin cells more quickly. This will make your skin appear more evenly toned. These wavelengths are generated by a specialized device and can be used to break down damaged capillaries on your skin and reduce inflammation.

What Does the Procedure Involve? 

IPL is a very low-risk treatment. However, in preparing for your Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, you should avoid direct sun exposure for at least 14 days before your treatment. This is because the treatment can trigger melanin production. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, it is recommended that an SPF 30 or an SPF 50 sunscreen is used.

During an Intense Pulsed Light Therapy session, a special device is applied to target areas of your skin that have blemishes and pigments. This treatment is completely comfortable and pain-free. IPL photofacials are FDA-approved, and the entire treatment should not take longer than 30 minutes.

We also recommend that you avoid unprotected sun exposure post-treatment to prevent any pigmentation concerns. The use of some skincare products should also be avoided. Keeping your skin moist and drinking lots of water is encouraged. These are just a few precautions to take after your treatment to take care of your skin.

Results of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy 

Results of IPL will usually be visible within a few days of your treatment. Your initial results will appear as moderate skin darkening in the areas that have been treated. These darkened areas will shed naturally over the next week or so. The skin beneath these newly darkened areas will be noticeably brighter and have a more even tone.

When considering broken vessels, the color of the vessel may be noticeably darker or have a different color in the first few days after the treatment. This is a normal part of the recovery process. Eventually, any other red areas of your skin will flake off and fade away, offering skin rejuvenation.

Because some light wavelengths can stimulate the production of collagen, it will tighten the surface of the skin to correct enlarged pores, and help your skin appear smoother as it softens fine lines. You may experience an improvement in the overall texture of your skin.

How Many Treatments Will You Need? 

You may require a few sessions to get the desired results you seek from Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. The condition of your skin as well as your desired outcome will determine the number of sessions you will need. On average, 3 IPL treatments will be enough for you to reach your goals. These treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart to let your skin heal between sessions. Addressing chronic skin conditions, such as rosacea, may require additional treatments.

Maintaining IPL Results 

Taking good care of your skin after the IPL treatment will help you avoid hyperpigmentation. This can be done by ensuring that you apply SPF 30 or SPF 50 to your skin when you are exposed to the sun. The results that you get from your IPL treatment will last longer when you implement a healthy skin routine. If you are dealing with a chronic skin concern, we will recommend useful methods to take care of your skin after the IPL treatment.

Are You a Good Candidate? 

If you have an uneven skin tone or mild-to-moderate pigmentations, such as sunspots, you are a suitable candidate for Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. An IPL photofacial is a low-risk, high-reward FDA-approved treatment. This means that most people are suitable candidates for this treatment.

Before you have your treatment, you will need to schedule a consultation to assess your skin condition and type to determine if you are eligible for IPL therapy. Skin blemishes and pigmentation concerns are something that we are not able to escape. These skin concerns are the results of sun exposure and the natural process of aging. Thankfully, there is a treatment that can give you the satisfaction you want without having to have an invasive surgical procedure.

Choose Intense Pulsed Light Therapy 

With little to no recovery time required, IPL will not only improve the immediate condition of your skin but also stimulate the production of collagen which will further benefit your skin. Contact The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery and find out how your skin concerns can be a thing of the past. We offer Intense Pulsed Light Therapy to people in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, and Halton and have helped many people rejuvenate their skin. You can arrange an appointment with us to discuss how intense pulsed light therapy treatments can help you.