IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Photofacial treatments are a non-invasive option for treating a variety of skin conditions that result in a more even, radiant and youthful looking complexion. IPL Treatments improve the appearance of pigmented and vascular lesions on the face and body. Using the Intense Pulse Light process we are able to remove age spots/sunspots, (red and brown pigmented lesions) Rosacea, broken red facial vessels (photo-rejuvenation), minimize the appearance of large pores, and correct uneven skin texture improving overall skin tone.
IPL Photofacials are designed to target skin cells at a deeper level than conventional facials, encouraging skin cell turnover and increasing the rate of collagen production – the necessary compound for keeping skin strong and healthy.
IPL Photofacial systems make use of light energy to calm and heal the skin, and can also help to increase collagen production deep within the skin’s surface. The pulses of light penetrate deep into the epidermis where collagen and blood vessels expand and contract from the energy waves. The ongoing light energy stimulates the production of collagen, which in turn helps to keep skin looking youthful and fresh.
IPL procedure requires no downtime, is safe and easy yet effective. A series of 3-5 treatments is recommended, depending on individual skin concerns, in 4 week intervals to achieve optimal results. After treatment, pigmented lesions may initially darken and crust then naturally flake from the skin within a couple of weeks; vascular lesions constrict and fade from view. Slight redness and mild sunburn like sensation may occur post treatment dissipating within a few hours. It is highly recommended that clients continue to protect their skin from the sun while maintaining a good skincare regimen including sunscreen for the duration of the treatments.
- Broken Capillaries/Telangiectasia
Telangiectasia/Broken Capillaries are enlarged veins near the skin surface that appear red and purple. Chronic sun exposure, extreme temperatures, alcohol, and trauma to the skin’s surface can increase the amount and size of broken vessels. Treatment with the intense pulsed light can help to diminish superficial facial and body vessels. The absorption of the light in oxyhemoglobin or red blood vessels result in the coagulation, vasoconstriction, and damage of the vessel lining; all of which contribute to the degeneration and disappearance of any visible vessels.
- Age/ Sun Spots
Most people have one or more pigmented lesions. Some are caused by sun exposure, others from the natural aging process. No matter what the cause may be, pigmented lesions are simply spots on the skin where there is a higher concentration of melanin. Treating a pigmented lesion with the pulsed light results in heating the melanin or dark brown pigment. The damaged lesion then naturally flakes off as the skin exfoliates. Similar results are seen in the treatment of vascular lesions.
Rosacea is a relatively common, hereditary, chronic skin disorder. Rosacea is the fifth most common diagnosis made by dermatologists. A Rosacea cure has yet to be found and its cause is still unknown however the condition is treatable. Its classic symptoms are patchy flushing (redness) and inflammation, particularly on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and around the mouth. It typically appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Because the symptoms emerge slowly, Rosacea may initially be mistaken for sunburn, leading to a delay in treatment. Groups of tiny microvessels (arterioles, capillaries, and venules) close to the surface of the skin become dilated, resulting in blotchy red areas with small papules (a small, red solid elevated inflammatory skin lesion without pus) and pustules (pus-filled inflammatory bumps). The redness can come and go, but eventually it may become permanent. Furthermore, the skin tissue can swell and thicken and may be tender and sensitive to the touch.
IPL treatment with the intense pulsed light can help to diminish superficial facial vessels and reduce patchy flushing (redness) and inflammation. IPL Photofacials along with other skin care treatments and a good home skincare regiment will vastly improve the skins condition.