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
Lifestyle choices also have an impact on extrinsic aging. Cigarette
smoking contributes to the breakdown of elastin and collagen and
impairs the body's healing capacity.
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
IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation offers a solution
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 "complementary"
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,
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
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-week
What are the advantages of IPL Skin Treatments using
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
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
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