Age spots, sun spots and freckles. While these may not be medical problems, many of our patients would like to be rid of these unattractive distractions to their natural beauty.
Advanced IPL treatments are performed by our Master Medical Esthetician Nikki Robbins for patients to safely, easily, and effectively treat many benign pigmented skin lesions painlessly on an out-patient basis.
What are pigmented lesions?
Pigmented lesions are caused by a proliferation of melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes contain the cells that manufacture melanin, which is the dark pigment in skin.
How do IPL treatments work?
IPL treatments are performed with a non-invasive medical system that uses intense pulsed light therapy to reduce melanin, the dark pigment in your skin.
The light energy is gently delivered to your skin in pulses, through a delicate, computer-controlled handpiece. After your IPL treatment, the treated lesion will gradually fade and slowly disappear.
What conditions can IPL treat?
- Age Spots (Lentigos)
- Sun Spots (Solar Lentigos)
- Photo damage
- Redness from Rosacea
Are IPL treatments safe?
Yes. IPL systems have been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of treatments. IPL allows your doctor to customize each treatment to your specific skin type and condition being treated. This flexible, interactive approach to treatment cannot be reached using any other non-invasive treatment currently available.
Do IPL treatments hurt?
Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin, followed by the feeling of sunburn. However, anesthetics are not necessary.
There are several benefits to IPL treatments:
- little, if any, pain
- no anesthetic needed
- little bruising or swelling
- minimal downtime
How many IPL treatments are required?
This depends on the size, location, depth and color of your lesion. Each session usually lasts 15 – 20 minutes. Treatments should be placed 4 – 8 weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of pigment cells. You will continue to see a lightening of your lesion after each treatment as your body disposes of the pigment cells.
What results can you expect from IPL treatments?
After our Master Medical Esthetician performs IPL treatments, most patients will see improvement in their pigmented lesions. The improvement can be quite dramatic. However, as with any medical procedure, there is always a possibility that only minor changes will occur and in rare cases there is no response.