Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is a skin therapy that uses fluorescent pulsed light technology to treat the appearance of redness, dark spots, flushing, and pigment irregularities on the face, neck, and chest. After a series of treatments, your skin could be left smooth, even-toned, and radiant.
We offer this treatment at Sullivan Centre in Columbus, OH for those looking to minimize the appearance of common skin complaints. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation!
What Is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense pulsed light is similar to a laser treatment, but with one key difference. Where a laser treatment focuses just a single wavelength of light on the skin, IPL focuses many wavelengths. It’s scattered and less focused than a laser treatment, but it penetrates down to the second layer of skin, the dermis, without damaging the top layer.
In the dermis, the pigment cells soak up the energy from the pulsed light. That energy is converted into heat, and the heat destroys unwanted pigments. These pigments cause the appearance of freckles, dark spots, and other unwanted blemishes, which means that this treatment could leave your skin with an even, glowing tone that may make you look much younger.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Intense pulsed light is most often used on the face, neck, and chest, but it can be used elsewhere. It is not, however, as effective on uneven areas of the body.
What Is the Treatment Like?
Prior to undergoing an IPL treatment, you should avoid anything that might harm your skin in any way, including treatments that require any kind of recovery time. That also means avoiding sunburn, staying out of tanning beds, and forgoing other cosmetic treatments.
When it comes to the actual treatment, the light from the IPL device is pulsed across your skin. Afterward, you can expect some mild redness, as though you have a slight sunburn, but you can go right back to your daily routine with no need for downtime to recover.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient and depends on the desired results. Most people undergo a series of treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. It’s important to note that results vary from patient to patient based on a number of factors.
Contact Us Today
The latest IPL devices can easily even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of blemishes, dark spots, and rosacea in many cases. If you’d like to learn more about intense pulsed light, reach out to our team at Sullivan Centre in Columbus, OH to schedule a consultation. We would be more than happy to discuss your case and come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!