IPL Treatment in Austin
If you’ve been researching hyperpigmentation treatments in Austin, or procedures to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, age spots, redness and sun damage, then you have likely come across the term IPL. What does IPL stand for exactly? The acronym is short for “intense pulsed light”, and it is a technology commonly used in cosmetic procedures to treat a variety of skin conditions.
You may have also heard IPL treatment referred to as “photorejuvenation” or “photofacial”. Although the technology is often referred to as “IPL laser”, it is not actually the same as a laser treatment. IPL technology utilizes a broad spectrum of light, whereas a laser emits one specific wavelength of light. The broad spectrum lightsource emitted by IPL makes treatments like photofacial a more versatile procedure that can treat a variety of skin imperfections at the same time.
Some common skin conditions treated by IPL include:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Brown spots
- Broken capillaries
How Does IPL Treatment Work?
During IPL treatment, light energy is delivered to the skin via a series of short, high-intensity bursts. Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, this light energy penetrates the tissue, selectively targeting chromophores (skin components that absorb light). The irregular pigmentation (melanin) and the red pigment of blood vessels (haemoglobin) absorb this light energy, heating and effectively destroying the discolored pigment without harming the skin or other tissues.
Damaged blood vessels will be absorbed by the body and the destroyed hyperpigmented cells rise to the surface and slough off via the skin’s natural renewal process. This process leaves behind the lighter tissue, giving the complexion a brighter and more even tone. IPL treatment can also help improve the skin’s overall texture by reducing pore size, stimulating collagen growth and smoothing fine lines.
To address deeper pigment issues and discoloration, a series of IPL treatments will be needed to see optimal results. Most patients see significant improvement after 4 – 6 treatments performed at approximately 4-week intervals.
Schedule an Appointment at Personique On The Spot
If you are interested in learning more about IPL treatment in Austin, call (512) 201-4800 today to schedule a consultation at Personique On The Spot. You may also request a complimentary consultation by filling out the online form above.