As effective as laser procedures, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments use a more scattered array of light energy, which poses less risk of thermal damage to the surface of your skin. Jeanne Paz, MD, of Nassau Bay Dermatology, in Webster, Texas, offers IPL treatments as part of her dermatology practice for men and women who want to improve their skin tone and texture, and a variety of other cosmetic concerns. To learn more about how IPL can improve the appearance of your skin, call the office or request an appointment online.
IPL is a type of noninvasive light therapy that treats a variety of cosmetic and dermatologic conditions, including:
IPL treatments are sometimes called photofacials, and they use a variety of light wavelengths, like the flash of a photo, to treat skin conditions. Energy from the IPL device penetrates below the surface of your skin leaving the epidermis (the outermost layer) unharmed. As the pigment in your skin absorbs the light energy, unwanted pigment fades away so dark spots appear lighter and sun-damaged areas are less noticeable.
Or, if you receive IPL treatments for hair removal, your hair follicle absorbs the thermal energy from the device and prevents new hair from growing from the destroyed follicle. It’s common to treat your face with IPL, and you can also treat your hands, neck, chest, or just about any other area of your body for younger-looking, rejuvenated, and smooth skin.
Dr. Jeanne Paz customizes an IPL treatment plan to help achieve the results you desire based on your skin concerns. In most cases, you need a series of sessions for maximum benefit. Because IPL treatments use a variety of light wavelengths, the targeted energy is less focused than lasers, and is, therefore, gentler on your skin during repeated sessions.
A typical treatment plan includes several IPL sessions spaced about a month apart, but Dr. Paz advises how many you need and the results you can expect to see.
IPL treatments are not usually painful, although they may sting a bit, or you may feel a warming sensation from the device. Many people compare the pulse of the light to the snap of a rubber band against your skin, but it’s over fairly quickly, and easily tolerated. Dr. Paz and her team may apply a cooling gel to the area being treated for added comfort.
If you want to improve your skin’s tone and texture, get rid of unwanted hair, or even the appearance of dark spots, IPL treatments might be an ideal solution. Learn more about this noninvasive procedure by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.