Time after time when out with friends or at the gym someone inevitably wants to know how to fix or treat some beauty issue that to them is bothersome. Sun damage, freckles, broken capillaries, rosacea, too much hair in the wrong places, you name it we’ve all discussed it. What’s apparent is many people are not aware treatments exist, what they’re called or how they work.
We’ll help to clarify the treatments and technical terms for you so when you’re ready to begin your treatment journey for what bothers you, you’ll know what’s what and what to ask for!
IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”. The actual treatment consists of a device utilizing light to selectively target your skin to reduce redness and brown discoloration. IPL or “Intense Pulsed Light” does exactly what it says. Light of a determined spectrum or intensity is delivered to a specific target to address a certain problem.
The laser pulses in short bursts to break down pigment upon contact so the body can reabsorb it. The quick pulses reduce the chance of burns when using this laser, which makes it a good option for those with darker skin tones, too.
Light-based skin revitalization is a non-surgical treatment that will improve your skin’s appearance quickly and easily. This advanced technology clears undesirable brown spots, sun damage, and vessels, revealing clearer, more beautiful skin. Pulses of light target unwanted pigment and
vessels within your skin. The light delivered causes them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process. IPL devices are not lasers but may be a component of medical laser device housing multiple capabilities. IPL treatments are safe to revitalize skin and do not cause cancer. There is no radiation involved in an IPL treatment.
IPL treatments can also be called Photofacials, or Fotofacials . This terminology is the technique or procedure name accomplished with an IPL medical device. These names often appear in marketing materials, but these catchy terms are just describing IPL as a treatment.
Make sure your provider has advanced integrated technology within the IPL device to measure your skin’s melanin index or Fitzpatrick scale. Melanin is your skin’s defense mechanism. The sun is the major cause of increased melanin production. There are also factors that can contribute to melanin production like hormone imbalances, aging, or inflammation processes. Knowing your melanin index will determine ideal settings for your skin and ensure safety with optimal results.
Here at Complexions, LLC we use the Cynasure Skintel® system integrated with the Cynasure® Icon IPL system to accurately read and adjust settings for your safety. Darker ethnic skin tones can now be safely treated like never before!
Pretty much any area can be treated. Most common are the full face, neck, the décolleté, and hands.
Cooling technology should be integrated into the device for your comfort. Although there is heat produced as the light energy is delivered, it shouldn’t be painful or intolerable. As the provider guides the handpiece over the treatment area you should feel cooling on the skin. This contact cooling will maximize your comfort during the treatment, making it an extremely tolerable experience. What you will feel is a snapping sensation like a rubber band hitting your skin, but no intolerable pain.
Slight redness or a slight sunburn appearance can occur. Most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some very minor swelling, immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2 to 24 hours. After treatment for pigment with sun damage or age spots, a peppering-like appearance will occur when the pigmented area has been nicely targeted. The pigment is breaking up and rising to the surface of the skin to be shed away!
Expect to see a decrease in the appearance of brown spots and vessels for a more even skin tone. You will see some improvement immediately followed by continued improvement over time.
(Post initial treatments)
The treatment can be performed in about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the area.
When can I resume my daily activities? Typically, there is no downtime, and you can return to your daily activities immediately following the treatment.
For dealing with a lot of our skin’s uneven tone and unwanted pigment or broken vessels. Our providers will guide you with customized treatments, including alternating IPL with regular facials and Microneedling, as well as medical-grade products to keep your skin in optimal condition. Hair removal? Oh yes, we’ve got that covered too and we’ll cover that in our next blog!
A single treatment runs about $299-$350 on average. It’s best to always save money by purchasing a package. A commitment to keeping one’s skin in optimal shape, tone, and texture is an ongoing process.
Complexions, LLC in Hampton, NH uses the most advanced techniques in skin rejuvenation, including Microchanneling, PRP, Medical Grade ZO peels, and ZO Medical Grade Skin Care Products. With an experienced Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Providers as well as full Medical Aesthetic services, we offer a full portfolio of anti-aging services, including threads, fillers, neurotoxins, wellness options, and more. Our expert providers will partner with you and create treatment plans to facilitate your goals.
For a free consultation to see which procedure or combination of procedures is best for you, give our office a call at 603-926-3110. Ask about our introductory IPL pricing with the new Cynasure®Icon IPL system!