IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based treatment that is used for the removal of pigment such as small capillaries, irregular brown spots, age spots, and other discolorations. This technology, when used properly, achieves great results with little discomfort and minimal risk.
Commonly Asked Questions about IPL treatments
What is a Photofacial?
Look at your skin. How often do you find yourself covering your facial skin with makeup because of uneven skin tone? IPL Photofacials were designed to diminish superficial discolorations, improve vascular irregularities, and have a beneficial impact on the overall texture of the skin. IPL Photofacials will see a tremendous improvement in the aging due to sun damage, red pigment deposits from spider vessels or rosacea, and irregular porous skin.
IPL Photofacials are safe and effective for the face, neck, chest, hands and any other body areas where there is sun damage or pigmentation problems.
Dr. Garcia has extensive knowledge and background related to the treatment of certain skin issues with the help of this technology. He has been very pleased to have the opportunity to offer this treatment to his patients. Patients are enjoying the excellent, long lasting results and the little downtime.
What concerns are addressed with Laser Treatments?
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Darkening of the skin
- Fine Lines
- Dark spots on chest
- Dark spots on the hands and arms
- Unwanted Hair anywhere on the body
How is it performed?
Before the pigment removal process, an anesthetic cream may be applied to numb the skin. If the face is being treated, goggles may be worn to cover and protect the eyes. A thin layer of gel is applied to the treatment area and the laser is positioned over the skin.
The laser emits a high-intensity light beam that passes through the skin surface and the surrounding tissue and the high energy of the light causes the pigment or ink particles to break up into very small particles. The laser breaks the pigment into smaller particles, which may be metabolized or excreted by the body, or eliminated directly through the skin as the wound heals.
Some patients experience a stinging or burning sensation as the laser moves over the skin, however the discomfort for most patients is minimal. Most patients can return to regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Risks and Recovery from Laser Pigment Removal
Although rare, after the laser pigment removal procedure, patients may experience swelling in the affected area of the skin. Risks of laser pigment removal may include:
- Temporary darkening or lightening of the skin
Our patients are advised to apply sunscreen and gently care for the affected area to ensure proper healing. Depending on the size and severity of the area being treated, several laser treatment sessions may be required before desired results are achieved.
How Long do the results last?
The skin changes that result from the laser treatments are long lasting. There are other areas where a patient may see spots return, especially if the skin is left unprotected with sunscreen. At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery , we encourage all of our patients to begin a protective protocol so as to lessen the likelihood of unwanted spots returning.
With each treatment of hair removal, about 33% of hairs are removed, so each time, there is roughly 1/3 reduction in the remaining hairs. Patients who have had laser hair removal may sometimes opt for occasional “touch up” treatments for a particular region.