Do you have redness, dark spots or signs of sun damage on your skin? If you want clearer, evenly toned skin, there are cosmetic treatments to achieve the results you desire. One of the less invasive options is intense pulsed light, or IPL, treatments, which we offer at LM Medical NYC.
What Is IPL?
Intense pulsed light is controlled light energy, a type of laser skin treatment. IPL treatments harness light waves that target dark pigments in the dermis of the skin and blood vessels, but does not harm the upper epidermis. Unlike laser treatments that are ablative and remove the top layer of the skin, IPL treatments do not have this effect. This means less downtime and recovery – most patients do not need time to recover after an IPL treatment.
IPL treatments are ideal for removing dark pigmentation in the skin. This can include freckles, age/brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins and dark acne scars. IPL treatments can also help reduce flushing or redness on the skin, which is common for those with rosacea. The light energy is attracted to the darker pigments, destroying those cells. It can also stimulate a healing response that increases collagen in the skin, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and evidence of sun damage.
Are IPL Treatments Right for You?
IPL treatments are a wonderful way to eliminate darker skin areas and improve overall tone or texture. These non-invasive treatments can minimize large pores, even the skin tone and stimulate more youthful-appearing skin. If you want a treatment that can be performed in less than an hour and does not require downtime, IPL treatments may be right for you.
During the IPL procedure, the light energy targets the capillaries and darker skin cells. The treatment is not painful, but the skin will likely be red and slightly sensitive after the procedure. You can return to normal activities and use most normal makeup or skin products. In the days and weeks after each treatment, you will notice dark spots flaking away and the skin improving in tone and texture.
Most patients require a series of IPL treatments to achieve the desired results. If you are interested in learning more about IPL treatments or any of our cosmetic procedures, give us a call at LM Medical NYC. Contact our office in Greenwich Village to book your cosmetic consultation.