IPL treatment is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of the skin. IPL treatments are a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin. Downtown DC IPL uses a specific wavelength of light to target pigmentation, so it acts on the melanin in your skin rather than its natural color. IPL doesn’t use heat, which can damage surrounding tissue.
Here are how the procedure works and the conditions it treats.
How IPL works:
The light energy of an IPL device is absorbed by your skin’s melanin (dark pigment), which is a source of energy that can be converted into heat energy. The heat causes the melanin to break down into smaller particles, which then become available to help heal damaged tissue and create collagen.
IPL improves acne scars by stimulating collagen production in three different ways:
1) It increases collagen synthesis at the site of injury. Collagen helps repair damaged tissue, so it is important to have enough collagen in the area if you have a scarred area.
2) It stimulates cell growth at the injury site by increasing blood flow to that area. This can lead to more rapid healing after IPL treatment because new cells will form faster than they would without it.
3) It increases cell metabolism at the injury site by using an increased amount of oxygen or other nutrients necessary for cell growth.
What conditions does IPL treat?
Rosacea: Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, bumps, pimples, and other visible signs of inflammation on the face. It affects approximately 7 percent of the U.S. population and is more common in women than men. Rosacea can be triggered by sun exposure, stress, hormonal changes, or even a simple cold or infection. The most common treatment for rosacea is IPL. It helps control symptoms like redness and flushing.
Acne Scars: Acne scars are usually more noticeable on the cheeks, chin, and forehead, where they are more noticeable than the surrounding skin. They are also more likely to occur in areas where acne frequently occurs, especially around the nose, or where acne lesions are more severe such as on the cheeks. In addition to treating existing acne lesions, IPL treatment can help improve the appearance of acne scars by reducing hyperpigmentation.
Facial redness: Facial redness is a common skin condition that can make you look flushed and angry. It is caused by too much blood flow to the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
The treatment for facial redness is IPL (intense pulsed light), which uses a small laser to destroy the cells causing it. The laser exposes the skin to short bursts of light that damage its cells. As this happens, the damaged cells slough off and are replaced with new ones by your body. This causes a flushing sensation that helps to relieve symptoms of facial redness.
Age spots: Age spots are a common cosmetic concern, but IPL can help treat them. Age spots result from sun damage and can be treated with IPL. While IPL does not remove the pigment from the skin, it reduces the size of age spots to improve their appearance, making them less noticeable and bothersome.
IPL treatments are one of the best treatments for the skin. It reduces sun damage, freckles, pigmentation, and scars. IPL works by producing light that damages pigment in the skin, making it look fresher and younger. For more information about IPL treatment, reach out to professionals at Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center.