Skin that is smooth in tone and texture is desirable and attractive, but not everyone naturally has the skin they prefer. Skin conditions like acne and rosacea can detract from the skin’s even tone, and aging can result in brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are a type of laser therapy that can diminish redness in the skin while improving tone and texture. LM Medical NYC offers IPL treatments for facial rejuvenation at our clinics in Manhattan.
IPL treatments, or Photofacials, are an excellent option for individuals with discolorations on their skin. The treatment is less invasive than lasers that resurface the skin, and many require downtime after the procedure. IPL uses light energy that penetrates deep into the layers of the dermis, but it does not damage the epidermis or surface of the skin. The light is attracted to the darker pigmentation of capillaries and other discolorations, removing the targeted redness from the skin. Since the light energy does not affect the skin’s surface, no downtime is needed after treatment.
Benefits of IPL Photofacials
An IPL Photofacial can benefit those with discoloration, sun damage or aging issues. The best candidates for IPL treatments are those with fair to medium-toned skin that is prone to redness – IPL treatments are not always the best option for darker skin tones since the light energy is attracted to the darker melanin in the skin. Some of the benefits of Photofacial treatments include:
- Remove age or brown spots
- Reduce redness from broken capillaries
- Rosacea treatment
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- Remove acne scarring
- Remove spider veins
IPL treatments can usually be performed in less than an hour, and the procedure is comfortable and well tolerated by most patients. The skin may be reddish and slightly sensitive after the treatment, but patients can return to normal activity. Over the next one to two weeks, pigmented cells will come to the surface and flake away.
Photofacial is performed with a series of treatments to remove the darker skin cells and capillaries in the skin. Most patients will need multiple treatments over three to five months to achieve the desired results.
If you are interested in learning more about IPL treatments or any of our skin enhancements, contact LM Medical NYC in Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side to book your skin consultation to discuss whether IPL treatments are right for you.