Even though we know how hard the sun can be on our skin, many of us do not take enough steps to protect it. Sun damage can make us look old and tired. In the past, people could choose between ineffective at-home products and invasive surgeries. Now, IPL (intense pulsed light) is changing everything.
What is IPL?
Over time, sun exposure causes irregular brown spots to appear on the face. It can also result in broken capillaries, making your face look red. Both of these things age your skin. The goal of IPL is to make your skin look bright and even once again. IPL, or intense pulse light, is used to heat up the skin, causing it to form new collagen. A variety of wavelengths can be used so that both brown and red spots can be treated. IPL is able to precisely target the affected skin and does not impact the surrounding area. As a result, there is little to no downtime associated with this treatment.
What Can IPL Treat?
On top of reducing the appearance of sun damage, this is a popular treatment for addressing the following concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots
- Varicose veins
- Varicose veins
It is also a popular option for removing hair. It can be used for this purpose on the legs, neck, back, face, chest, underarms, and even the bikini line.
What to Expect with IPL Treatments
The first thing done is a consultation where we can discuss your goals and create a personalized treatment plan for you. When it becomes time for your treatment, the area will be thoroughly cleaned. A cool gel will be used on the area being targeted and you will be given eye protection. The IPL pulses are then applied to the skin.
After treatment, you can immediately resume your normal activities. You will want to be extra diligent about protecting your skin from the sun in the weeks following your treatment. How many treatments you will need and how long they will last will depend on your needs. On average, a treatment session takes minutes. To reduce sun damage and other skin imperfections, a small series of treatments are usually required.
Get In Touch with Us for Further Information
Learn more about IPL and reducing sun damage by making an appointment with Dundee Dermatology. At our convenient location in West Dundee, IL, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!