Doctor’s Thoughts on IPL
At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right facial treatment plan for you. When it comes to the IPL facial, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the results of a nonsurgical solution like IPL is enough to improve a range of skin concerns. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve improvements to the appearance and health of their skin through the IPL treatment. As board certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.
IPL (intense Pulsed Light) is a laser treatment designed to minimize blemishes and signs of aging. The gentle light treatment is different from other laser treatments as it used multiple wavelengths to target multiple layers of skin imperfections. Pigment and blemishes then absorb the light and are diminished for smoother, more even skin.
Treatment with IPL laser can address the following concerns:
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Varicose veins
- Broken blood vessels
The IPL laser can effectively fade a variety of blemishes from your skin, but the treatment is not recommended for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. The IPL laser can be combined with other laser treatments like the CO2 laser for optimal improvements. Those with darker skin tones may not be candidates for treatment with IPL laser. The IPL laser is a gentler alternative to other abrasive treatments and can offer fewer side effects and a quicker recovery process.
Pretreatment with topical products weeks prior to your procedure is typically done per our special protocols to speed healing and decrease pigmentation changes afterwards. To begin treatment with IPL, the skin will be cleansed and a cooling gel with or without a topical anesthetic will be applied to maximize comfort. The IPL device will then be held to the treatment area, delivering bursts of laser light therapy. You might feel a slight snapping during the process, but the treatment can be completed in just 20-30 minutes.
There are minimal side effects after treatment with IPL laser. You may experience some mild redness and swelling, but this should diminish within a few days. Regular activity can be resumed right away, but sun exposure should be avoided while healing.
You might see some results after just one treatment with IPL laser, with smoother, more even skin and diminished blemishes. However, for many individuals, several treatment sessions are needed to achieve the results they want. Your treatment sessions will be spaced out by several weeks to give the skin time to heal. Once optimal results are achieved, you may receive a few touch-up sessions per year to maintain their results.
To learn more about your IPL treatment at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Our professional aesthetician can meet with you to determine if the IPL laser is right for you.