Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin treatments using the photorejuvenation
process represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new
technique treats skin damage non-invasively — there is no disruption of the
skin's epidermal surface. IPL treatments address the effects of photoaging and
sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time.
IPL is the gold standard for photorejuvenation. This FDA-cleared, patented
technology provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions,
including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks,
unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes — even unwanted hair.
Why choose IPL over other treatment options? Laser resurfacing and deep
chemical peels often send patients into hiding, as they wait for redness and
swelling to subside. Microdermabrasion addresses skin irregularities, but is
not effective against all complexion problems including redness, flushing and
broken capillaries. Face lifts and other surgical procedures are far too invasive
for younger patients and "baby boomers" who simply want to revitalize their
appearance without recovery downtime.
The visible signs of aging cannot be fully avoided, but can be dramatically
minimized. The key is to do it as gently as possible. As far as the skin is
concerned there are two types of aging — intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging
involves the inevitable; as we grow older, our skin naturally becomes thinner
and drier. Diminished amounts of collagen makes the skin less elastic. What
used to bounce back begins to sag. Static, deep wrinkles may begin
appearing. The rate of these events is genetically determined for each person;
the process first becomes noticeable between the ages of 30 and 35.
Extrinsic aging results from exposure to the environment. Extrinsic aging is the
critical element in determining who looks older or younger than their biological
age. Exposure to sunlight is a key contributor to extrinsic aging. Photoaging
occurs when elastin and a collagen breakdown are not replaced, causing fine
lines and wrinkles to intensify. Photoaging also causes pigment changes with
development of age spots (sun-induced freckles) and uneven skin tone. Spider
veins and dilated capillaries are another sign of photoaged skin.
Lifestyle choices also have an impact on extrinsic aging. Cigarette smoking
contributes to the breakdown of elastin and collagen and impairs the body's
The simplest way to see the contrast between intrinsic and extrinsic aging is to
compare skin commonly exposed to the sun (face, hands, and neck) and skin
not exposed to the sun (usually on the breasts, inner arms or buttocks).
The Science of Light: IPL Helps Restore the Skin's Youthful Glow
There are an overwhelming number of options available to improve the skin's
appearance, from creams and peels to microdermabrasion and laser
treatments. Can any of these procedures provide significant improvement
without interrupting daily routines?
IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation offers a solution that:
Addresses skin conditions that are most visible
Treats the entire face, not only small spots
Causes little discomfort
Offers an immediate return to routine activities
Provides gradual, natural-looking improvement
Produces long-lasting results
Photorejuvenation with IPL is the most versatile of all treatment options.
Patients often schedule appointments during their lunch hours. IPL can treat
numerous skin conditions at once. It is effective on red blemishes that
originate from blood vessels, as well as brown pigment blemishes in the form
of freckles, age spots and other sun damage. IPL also treats the neck, chest
and hands, where sun damage is often most visible.
Practitioners determine an IPL treatment plan for each new patient, accounting
for the number and severity of skin conditions being treated, as well as skin
type. On average, four to six treatments are recommended, scheduled at three-
week intervals. Each session usually lasts about 20 minutes, with patients
returning to normal activity immediately afterwards. IPL treatments provide
gradual, natural improvement with excellent long-term results.
What to Expect
Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied to the areas to be treated and
patients wear protective eyewear. During treatment, a physician or trained staff
member gently applies the smooth, glass surface of the IPL handpiece to the
skin. Light is delivered to the skin surface in precise pulses that are typically
pain-free. Occasionally some signs of treatment, such as redness, can last for
one or two hours. In most cases, the entire face is treated, but the therapy can
also work well on the neck, chest and hands. Results from a full series of
treatments usually last for a year or more.
IPL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin, while delivering thermal
energy to deeper tissue. Clinical studies are now underway to quantify the
effect this energy has on collagen production, which helps firm and tighten the
skin. Some providers may refer to Photorejuvenation with IPL under other
commercial names such as FotoFacial™, EpiFacial or others. Prospective
patients should verify that they will be treated with IPL technology patented
Why IPL and BOTOX®?
BOTOX has long been used for medical procedures, such as reducing muscle
spasms. The cosmetic use of BOTOX skyrocketed following FDA clearance in
2002 for its use in treating glabellar lines (the wrinkles between the eyebrows).
BOTOX pioneer Dr. Jean Carruthers describes the use of Botox with IPL as
BOTOX gives outstanding results for lines and wrinkles.
IPL clears the "canvas of the face," smoothing away various brown and red
conditions while improving general texture and skin tone.
While BOTOX's effects take time to appear, IPL effects begin quickly, giving
patients near-term, tangible results.
BOTOX and IPL treatments can be performed during the same office visit to
produce dramatic effects with minimal time investment.
How is IPL used to treat benign vascular lesions?
Aging, sun exposure and other factors can cause the appearance of broken
capillaries and blood vessels on the face known as telangiectasias, which
appear as spider veins. Sometimes broken capillaries can cause a diffused
redness in the skin, called erythema, a source of social embarrassment for
many people. Rosacea is a common skin condition that is characterized by
diffused erythema. All of these conditions respond well to IPL.
For unsightly veins on the legs, both IPL and Nd:YAG laser technologies
together are capable of addressing these lesions. During treatment, Intense
Pulsed Light or laser light is absorbed by the blood in these small veins,
heating and destroying the vessels. Over time the destroyed veins are
reabsorbed and disappear. IPL systems can also be used to treat varicose
veins, which are deeper, bluer veins.
What are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?
The term "Photorejuvenation" refers to the non-ablative, non-invasive
treatment of red and brown pigment that leaves a smooth skin texture and
even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance.
IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective and popuar way to improve the signs
of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is
performed by a physician or trained medical staff member and typically
requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at three-
What are the advantages of IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?
In addition to effectively treating multiple symptoms and locations in each
session, the IPL procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe, requiring no
downtime. In fact, many people even schedule their sessions during their lunch
breaks. Additionally, IPL treatments are customized to each individual's
specific skin type and condition, providing the best possible results.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
Any man or woman who shows the signs of aged and sun-damaged skin is a
candidate for IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation. A brief
consultation with an IPL specialist should provide all the information needed.
How are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation performed?
Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and
patients are given protective eyewear. During treatment, the smooth, glass
surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to the skin, delivering precise
pulses of light to the area being treated. IPL treatments are usually pain-free,
but an anesthetic cream can be used if the light pulses are uncomfortable.
Some patients compare the sensation to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber
band. Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes, and a complete
program usually includes four to six sessions.
After treatment, patients can immediately return to normal routines and
activities. Occasionally evidence of treatment such as redness or blotchiness
may last for an hour or two.
Why are multiple treatments necessary?
Several IPL treatments are required to provide gradual, natural-looking
improvement with very low risk. Results usually last a year or more
Cosmetic Laser & Skin Rejuvenation Clinic
3252 Holiday Court, Suite 229
La Jolla, California 92037
Call for free consultation