IPL TreatmentRio Rancho, NM
IPL treatment, or intense pulsed light treatment, is a type of light therapy that addresses spots, wrinkles, and unwanted hair. While a laser focuses only one wavelength of light on your skin, IPL releases light of several different wavelengths. IPL treatment can also be used anywhere on the body.
IPL treatment is available at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa in Rio Rancho and the surrounding area. We can help you get the results you want. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Understanding IPL Treatment
Also known as a photofacial, an IPL treatment can improve the skin's color and texture without surgery. It can undo some visible photoaging, especially on the face, neck, hands, or chest. IPL treatment may also help skin that is red, brown, or splotchy because of a health condition. It can also help minimize age spots, freckles, birthmarks, varicose veins, broken blood vessels on the face, and rosacea.
According to Healthline, "the light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a laser." It causes less damage to the skin because it penetrates down to the skin's second layer without harming the top layer. The skin's pigment cells absorb the light energy, converting it into heat. This heat then destroys any unwanted pigment to clear up unwanted spots or freckles or eliminate the unwanted hair follicle. While IPL can be used anywhere on the body, it works better on even areas. As such, it is not recommended for patients who are inclined towards getting thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones. It also tends to be more effective on darker hair than light-colored hair.
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Preparing for IPL Treatment
We carefully examine each patient's skin before their IPL procedure to let them know what to expect. In addition, patients should let us know if they have any skin conditions that might affect their healing, such as eczema or inflammatory acne.
Depending on the patient's unique needs, we may recommend avoiding certain activities, medications, and other products for two weeks before the procedure. In general, it is also a good idea to avoid tanning beds, direct sunlight, waxing, collagen injections, chemical peels, drugs that increase one's bleeding risk, and products that contain vitamin A before the treatment.
What IPL Treatment Is Like
First, we will clean the area that is being treated before rubbing a cool gel onto the skin. We will then apply light pulses from the IPL devices to the skin. We will also give the patient a pair of dark glasses to protect their eyes during the process. It is not uncommon for the pulses to sting the skin. It is often likened to the feeling of being snapped with a rubber band.
Treatment should take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on which part of the body is being treated and how large the area is. Patients may need to have three to six treatments to get the results they desire. However, these treatments should be spaced out about one month apart to allow the skin to heal in between. IPL hair removal treatment requires six to 12 sessions.
Efficacy of IPL Treatment
As stated by Healthline, newer IPL devices are just about as effective as laser treatments for certain cosmetic treatments. For example, it is particularly effective at fading blood vessels in the skin. However, when it comes to hair removal, IPL is more effective on thick, dark hair than fine, light hair. As mentioned earlier, several treatments may be necessary to achieve one's desired results.
According to WebMD, light therapy can get rid of 50% to 75% of broken blood vessels after one to three treatments for most patients. It is so effective that the broken blood vessels might completely go away. However, new ones might show up later. IPL treatment can also fade 70% of brown spots and redness caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. In addition, IPL treatment may also help reduce acne or acne scarring.
Call Us Today
IPL treatment can clear up any unwanted hair or skin spots. We at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa can help. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some risks and side effects of IPL treatment?
While IPL is safe when performed by a qualified professional, the treatment could still cause hormonal brown spots to flare up. Other unwanted side effects include scarring, pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, change in color at the treatment site, crustiness, and blistering. Contact your dermatologist immediately if you feel sick after your treatment or your symptoms get worse.
What is it like to recover from IPL treatment?
It is not uncommon to feel like you have a sunburn for four to six hours after the procedure. Ice packs or a cool washcloth can help alleviate the pain. The skin may be bruised or red for one or two days after the procedure, and some brown spots may get darker. However, this hyperpigmentation is temporary and should peel off within a few weeks. It is important not to put on makeup while the skin is hurting and use moisturizing lotion while healing. Additionally, you should be vigilant in sunscreen use and wash your face with a cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. It may take about a week to return to your normal skin care routine.
Is IPL treatment right for me?
IPL treatment works best for patients with pale or light brown skin who want to get rid of acne, birthmarks, brown spots, stretch marks, dark spots from hormonal changes, fine wrinkles, discolored skin freckles, scars, redness from rosacea, unwanted hair, and spider veins. It is not a good treatment for those who are sensitive to light, may have skin cancer, have recently tanned their skin, use a retinoid cream, have a skin resurfacing disorder, are very dark-skinned, have severe scarring, or have keloid scar tissue. In addition, those who are pregnant, have a skin condition, or take medication for other conditions should consult with a doctor before getting IPL treatment.
Should I let my hair grow out before IPL hair removal treatment?
No. The treatment works best when the targeted area is shaven clean. Avoid waxing, tweezing, and depilatories before the procedure.
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