IPL is one of the most common treatments being offered at local medical spas, and there’s a reason for it. IPL is capable of treating several skin conditions, such as dark sun spots, rosacea, irregular pigmentation, and more.
That said, allow us to present some of the most common skin problems that can be treated with IPL.
Rosacea is a type of skin disorder that usually affects the skin and blood vessels of the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. However, aside from those body parts, it can also affect the chest, neck, or even the shoulders of the person. Those who are suffering from rosacea have a tendency of flushing easily and developing pimples, redness, sore skin, and visible veins on their forehead, cheeks, and nose. If left untreated, it could lead to a sudden thickness of the skin, especially on the nose. There are also some factors that could worsen rosacea, such as sun exposure, hot water, stress, exercise, wind, and alcohol. Although this may seem to be a minor issue, it can negatively affect a person’s life as a source of embarrassment,anxiety, and a wide range of psychological problems that may arise.
Fortunately, an IPL treatment is capable of treating the broken capillaries and redness caused by rosacea. Wherein, Lumenis IPL is considered to be the best type of laser and light therapy that rosacea sufferers can use. Aside from that, there’s also a wide range of lasers, such as long wavelength diode laser, pulsed dye laser, and ND-yag laser that can be used to treat the problem.
2. Facial Redness
IPL is considered to be one of the best choices for those suffering from facial redness. Also, those with a fair skin are usually the best candidates for this kind of treatment as there’s a low risk of complications for them. Generally, there will be a need to undergo 6-8 treatments over several months.
While there is another treatment that is widely known for treating rosacea, known as the FLPD (flash-lamp pulsed dye laser), it has been said that the IPL is more preferred as it provides better results after each treatment.
After having your facial redness treated, the effect can last for about a year or so, but it’s not uncommon for the issue to return every year or every six months, especially if you’re constantly exposed to the sun. For this, you might need to undergo regular touch ups to prevent the problem from getting worse.
3. Facial Blood Vessels and Capillaries
Broken capillaries are actually capillaries that have become dilated and cause blotchy red spots on the face. This skin problem is very common for those with fair, sensitive, or thin skin. IPL or laser therapy are some of the most effective treatment options for eliminating the broken capillaries. Most of the time, one treatment is enough to provide results that last for a long time. Aside from that, preventative methods and natural remedies can also be utilized to free the skin of broken capillaries. Don’t hesitate to talk to a board-certified dermatologist in order to learn about the various skin treatments available as it will help you determine which one is the best.
When you meet with the dermatologist, don’t forget to have your questions ready. Make sure to ask everything you need to know before you undergo any cosmetic treatment. It’s best to choose a dermatologist based on positive testimonials or a trusted friend’s recommendation to ensure that the professional who is going to handle your case is someone whom you can really trust.
4. Sun Damaged Skin
As mentioned earlier, an IPL treatment is also capable of reducing the irregular discoloration of the skin often caused by sun damage. Those who are exposed to the sun for long periods of time, usually suffer from brown and red discoloration of the skin. These are better known as sun spots, but some label them as broken capillaries that are on the skin’s surface and it is what makes the skin look several years older.
IPL can minimize this kind of discoloration to the point that it can make the skin tone appear brighter and healthier. This is because IPL heats up and destroys the structures that cause pigmentation in the surface of the skin.
IPL treatments can utilize a different range of wavelengths of light that target the brown discoloration. This kind of discoloration occurs over time, usually after several years of sun exposure. Furthermore, in some cases, filters are used to cut off the wavelengths of light that are deemed to be harmful, especially for darker skinned patients. The filters reduce the risk of damaging the normal pigment of the skin. A lot of professionals suggest the use of IPL for those with fair skin, but have suffered age spots, brown discoloration, and freckles.
5. Pigmented Facial Spots and Enlarged Pores
IPL can also be used to treat acne by killing acne bacteria, improving the skin, and reducing the appearance of acne marks. This is possible because IPL can reduce the redness linked to acne outbreaks and targets the red pigmentation of the skin. This is how pore size is affected– IPL heats certain tissues in the skin, triggering a temporary tightening and reduction in pore size.
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There you have it! These are just some of the most common skin problems that can be resolved through an IPL treatment. If you think that IPL may be the right treatment for you, feel free to contact Ava MD by calling 310.828.2282 for more information and to schedule an appointment.