We all want clear vibrant skin, but nature has a way of sabotaging us with frustrating imperfections. As we age, sun damage leaves its mark on our skin. Fortunately, skin damage leaves its mark on our skin. Fortunately, skin rejuvenation techniques have advanced beyond the painful procedures of the past. Our Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial system offers comfortable and effective photofacials for the treatment of sun damage and visible veins.
IPL uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate into the skin and correct a variety of abnormalities. It has been used to effectively treat the redness associated with rosacea, removal of broken facial veins and brown spots associated with sun damage. One of the advantages of IPL is that it is non-ablative and noninvasive, meaning it does not involve surgery or destruction of the skin.
IPL is similar laser therapies in that it uses a beam of light to target pigmentation and wrinkles and eliminate them with heat. However, instead of using just one color, or wavelength of light, IPL uses a range of wavelengths. This gives Dr. Emory the ability to adjust how deep in the skin the light goes and what structures it targets. Different structures in the skin absorb different wavelengths of the light more effectively. This prevents the use of excessive energy and damage to other layers of the skin.
IPL treatments typically involve three to five visits spaces three to six weeks apart. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and patients can return to their normal routine immediately. IPL infrequently causes some side effects including mild discomfort during treatment and skin turning pink, frackling, mild swelling and feeling a little sore immediately after the procedure. Side effects are minimal and typically fade within two weeks of the procedure.