Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, has become one of the most popular cosmetic skin treatments over the past decade. IPL laser treatments are non-surgical, minimally procedures that work similarly to laser resurfacing.
This mix of frequencies allows the dermatologist to address problems that lie beneath the skin surface. The energy emitted by the device is absorbed by darker tissues, those cells containing energy-absorbing chromophores. This makes IPL the perfect treatment for some problems with blood vessels, age marks, melasma, port wine stains, enlarged pores, sun damage, and rosacea.
Advantages and Benefits
The greatest advantage of IPL laser treatments over other forms of energy absorption treatments is the simplicity of the procedure. It’s performed in the comfort of our office.
Candidates for IPL are adults who are experiencing unwanted prominence of age-related hyperpigmentation such as acne scars, stretch marks, darkened freckles, and vascular lesions. Although it’s most commonly performed as a facial skin treatment, IPL can be a suitable treatment on other areas of the body surface.
How IPL Treats Skin Problems
The instrument used for IPL laser treatments is a handheld device that delivers light energy to the treatment area. The beams are focused and then scattered before they are emitted. The light directly treats the cells that cause skin irregularities by targeting the substances that they are comprised of, such as hemoglobin or melanin.
During the Treatment
It’s important to us that we have a consultation with you to address your goals and outline the procedure in detail. We can help develop a treatment plan in the instance your area of concern requires additional work to achieve and maintain your best results.
Common areas of treatment for IPL laser treatments include the chest, hands, and neck. If you have questions about other procedure areas, they can be addressed with a member of our team during your consultation at one of our California offices.
Learn More About IPL Treatments
Contact us today at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation to learn more about IPL and how it may be more beneficial for you than traditional laser resurfacing. We proudly serve California from offices in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, and Tustin. Everyone wants a simple fix, and an IPL laser treatment could be that for improving the visual appearance of the skin.