Skin conditions ranging from age spots to redness are effectively treated with intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. IPL is non-invasive and is popular among patients who want something more than just a facial. Triangle residents visit The Skin Care and Laser Center of Central Dermatology in Chapel Hill and Central Dermatology Center in Cary for IPL photofacials, which rejuvenate the skin with little to no downtime.
Although IPL therapy is becoming a common service at day spas, it’s important to have a board-certified dermatologist oversee any laser or light skin treatment. Request an appointment or call us at (919) 493-3194 to schedule.
How IPL Works
IPL therapy is similar to laser treatment, but with some key differences. Laser treatments such as Fraxel® penetrate the skin with targeted, concentrated beams of light. IPL, on the other hand, uses many wavelengths and is non-invasive. The light energy is converted to heat energy, but is applied across a broader area of skin than lasers. In both cases, the skin is slightly damaged to promote the healing process, which generates new, healthier skin.
The number of treatments needed and how long each session lasts depends on the nature and severity of your skin condition. Most patients experience only slight discomfort during IPL therapy and don’t require any topical anesthesia.
- Pigmented and vascular lesions – IPL is considered a safe and effective treatment for pigmented or red lesions and scars. Patients getting IPL therapy for pigmented or red lesions and scars shouldn’t expect immediate results, but gradual improvement will appear after approximately 3 to 5 treatments performed monthly.
- Aging skin – A photofacial improves the appearance of skin damaged by years of sun exposure and brown spots that occur as we age. IPL evens out blotchy skin and may also increase skin elasticity by promoting collagen growth.
- Rosacea – Red, flushed skin associated with rosacea is caused by dilated capillaries and blood vessels. IPL successfully treats the redness without injuring the surrounding healthy skin. It also reduces the episodes of flushing with long-term effectiveness.
- Spider veins – IPL therapy is used to reduce the appearance of small veins.