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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 “photo rejuvenation” 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 light source emitted by IPL makes treatments like photofacial a more versatile procedure that can treat a variety of skin imperfections at the same time.
If IPL treatment in Austin is not the same as laser treatment, what defines this method? What should prospective patients know about it?
First, IPL can be used to treat a very wide range of cosmetic issues and complaints, providing benefits that range from hair removal to the rejuvenation of skin cells. However, one of its most common uses is for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, as the broad range light produced actually targets darker pigmentation, helping you to achieve a fairer, more even complexion.
Note that these are just some of the common skin conditions that IPL can be used to treat. There are many others. If you’re concerned about a facial skin condition, we recommend contacting our office to schedule a full consultation. IPL may be the ideal option for your needs, but you may also benefit from microdermabrasion, from a chemical peel, or any of our other highly effective treatment options.
During IPL treatment, light energy is delivered to the skin via a series of short, high-intensity bursts from a handheld device. 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 (hemoglobin) 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. In some cases, a combination of IPL treatment and chemical peel or microdermabrasion might be the most beneficial. IPL treatment can also help improve the skin’s overall texture by reducing pore size, stimulating collagen growth and smoothing fine lines, in addition to delivering a wide range of other benefits, plus a boost to your self-confidence.
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 four to six treatments performed at approximately four-week intervals.
In order to be a good fit for IPL treatment, you must have a pigmentation-related skin issue, such as one of those addressed above, or be suffering from a condition like rosacea or broken capillaries. If you are more interested in addressing fine lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion might be the more effective treatment option, but we will be happy to provide you with a professional assessment and guide you to the ideal treatment or combination of treatments.
If you are interested in learning more about IPL treatment in Austin, call (512) 599-8672 today to schedule a consultation at Personique On The Spot. You may also request a complimentary consultation by filling out the online form above.