Over time, the sun and natural aging processes can negatively affect the coloring of your skin, leading to dark, hyperpigmented spots that diminish the smooth appearance of your skin. Red spots from blood vessels may also appear on your skin that affect the quality of your skin tone. With the latest advances in science, dermatologists can now use intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments to reduce the appearance of these imperfections for bright, evenly toned skin. Dr. Rahul Shukla in Hamilton, ON is highly qualified to provide this effective treatment to patients.
IPL treatment overview
IPL is also known as a “photofacial.” Using a process called photothermolysis, a tool is used to deliver short pulses of light that are matched to your skin’s specific wavelength. Doing this breaks down and destroys the dark or red areas with the heat from the laser, which results in a more even, bright skin tone.
IPL technology can be used to reduce the appearance of the following conditions:
- Brown spots, sun spots, and age spots
- Tiny blood vessels that are visible on your face
- Broken blood vessels that have left red splotches
- Uneven skin texture
This technology also has the added benefit of stimulating your body’s natural collagen production, which can improve your skin texture and firmness over time. In addition, it temporarily reduces the oiliness of your face, which can make large pores look slightly smaller. Your skin will feel smoother after the treatment and it can also help minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Lumecca InMode reduces treatment time
At drs skincare, Dr. Shukla specifically uses the Lumecca InMode treatment because it provides excellent results in fewer treatments. This specific treatment safely provides up to three times more energy than other IPL devices and treats a larger spot size than standard IPL devices. This means that patients can begin seeing results after just one or two sessions instead of four to six sessions like other types of IPL devices. The reduced number of visits saves you time and money and enables you to benefit from your skin’s brighter, younger appearance sooner. Larger or more damaged areas may need more treatments.
What to expect at your IPL photofacial session
When you arrive at the office, you will be provided with special pads or glasses to protect your eyes and a cool gel will be applied to the places on your skin that will be treated. The tool that is used for the IPL treatment will then be applied to your skin in the treatment area. This tool will deliver quick pulses of light to your skin. Many patients do not find this process very uncomfortable, but you may feel a small sting as the pulses of light are delivered. Typically, you feel the first treatment the most. The total treatment time is usually between 30 and 90 minutes but depends on the treatment area size.
When your treatment is complete, the nurse will clean the gel off your face with a warm cloth and put sunscreen on your face to minimize sun damage after you leave. You may experience some minor swelling, which can be treated with a cold pack.
You can typically start wearing makeup right after your IPL procedure. At first, the brown or red areas may appear slightly darker or redder, but then these areas will start to clear, and the full results will be visible within a month.
The results from your IPL treatment can last for a long time if you protect your skin from the sun. You may need annual treatments to maintain the brightened, even skin appearance.
Start your path to better skin today
The best way to determine if IPL treatment is a good fit for you is to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified dermatologist. The doctor can examine your skin and overall health, discuss your goals, and work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
Dr. Rahul Shukla, a board-certified dermatologist at drs skincare in Hamilton, ON is committed to working with patients to achieve their cosmetic skin goals. At drs skincare, the experienced team uses the latest technology and state-of-the-art tools to help you look and feel your best. In addition to IPL treatment, other skin rejuvenating techniques are offered to create a tailored plan specifically for you. Call (905) 524-1712 to schedule your appointment today!