Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures for restoring sun damaged skin, getting rid of age spots, and for lightening pigmentation. IPL treatments have been clinically-proven safe and effective for treating skin anywhere on the body and face, and offer an alternative to aggressive treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion. If you want to get rid of age spots permanently, there are several reasons to choose intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy instead of other facial and skin rejuvenation procedures.
How IPL Treatments Work
Intense pulsed light treatments deliver light wavelengths of energy ranging between 400 to 1300 nm, deep into the dermis. This light energy helps to break apart damaged skin cells and promotes the collagen production process. A cold gel is applied to the areas that are to be treated, and the IPL handpiece is administered directly over the skin. The IPL device delivers short bursts of pulsed light into the skin. This process is virtually painless, and each session lasts about twenty minutes. The skin may become sensitive shortly after the procedure, and any redness typically lasts for about one to two hours.
Intense pulsed light therapy treats the superficial layer of the skin – the area with visible signs of damage – by delivering thermal energy deep into the tissue. This process causes a contraction of the dermis, and also triggers the rapid collagen production as the skin responds to the perceived damage.
As the skin begins to heal and collagen is rebuilt, age spots and pigmented areas begin to disappear. Patients can return to regular activities immediately after the procedure, and will notice progressive results as the skin continues to undergo its skin cell renewal process.
Effects of Intense Pulsed Light on Age Spots
Intense pulsed light treatments can be very effective for treating damaged and aging skin, and can be particularly effective for age spot removal. This procedure can be performed over the patient’s lunch hour, and makeup can be applied immediately after the procedure.
Some of the key benefits of intense pulsed light therapy include:
Helps reduce visible signs of aging
Offers gradual, permanent results
Can be performed every two weeks
Helps lighten dark circles under the eyes
Creates an even skin tone
Most people need to undergo at least four to eight treatments to see significant results, and the skin will become clearer and more resilient as it heals between treatments. Intense pulsed light therapy can treat brown pigment on the neck and face, as well as the chest, hands and back. Results typically last for at least a year, as long as the patient stays out of the sun.
Intense pulsed light therapy is also known as photorejuvenation, the FotoFacial and the EpiFacial. The original intense pulsed light therapy device is developed and patented by Lumenis.
Learn more about intense pulsed light therapy in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for IPL treatments.