It’s been summer for a few weeks now, and if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun you may have noticed some unwanted sunspots on your skin. While catching a few rays can give you a nice tan, your skin may not tan all at once, causing too many freckles to form on the skin. A few freckles can be cute if that’s your goal. However, if you want to beautify your skin and have an even skin tone, try IPL treatment for the face.
What is IPL Facial Treatment?
First, this is a skincare treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL), to remove unwanted sun spots. The light is applied with a handheld device as your skin is exposed to this powerful light. Specifically, the intense light targets deeper layers of skin in order to beautify your skin.
How do IPL treatments work?
To go more in-depth, the IPL intense pulsed light machine is adjustable in order to provide the best results for each patient. This is an advantage over laser skin treatments, and it also can treat wider areas, thanks to its design. One of the main differences between IPL photo facials and laser skin treatments is the number of lights involved.
Where laser treatments only use one focused beam to treat problem areas, IPL treatments use many light sources to modulate through many wavelengths of light. It is for this reason that IPL beams can reach the deeper layers of the skin and target discolored sun spots and age spots on the skin.
During the procedure, the light pulses through the skin to target cells producing too much melanin. For informational purposes, melanin is type of chemical that controls the pigment of your skin. The light pulses turn to heat, which then disrupts the melanin-producing cells and brings them to the surface of your skin.
This process takes a few days, after which time you may notice some texture changes to your skin as the discolored spots begin to flake off. After the spots fall off, your skin will be left with a beautifully even tone.
What are the main benefits of IPL photofacials?
Sun spot removal is the main benefit of an IPL photofacial. The treatment is gentle enough to be performed on skin anywhere around your body. Although, the most popular goal for this procedure is removing sun spots on the face.
Younger skin can retain even pigmentation and hide signs damage. However, as your skin begins to age, it loses some of its ability to recover from and hide sun damage. As a result, pigmentation and discoloration appear on the surface of your skin. This damage can even when you’re exposed to the sun without proper sunscreen protection.
Thankfully, IPL makes it so you’re not stuck with these sun spots forever. Additionally, IPL treatments can remove unwanted freckles from your face as well.
What Are the Added Benefits of IPL Treatment Photofacials?
There are several other uses for IPL treatments, making it one of the most versatile aesthetic skin care treatments. Because the skin is the body’s largest organ, it can sustain a lot of small noticeable physical damage over time.
Acne and Scar Treatment
Firstly, if you have any acne troubles, IPL can treat active acne by stimulating the skin’s regenerative properties and allowing more oxygen into deeper layers. Second, for patients who have had acne problems in the past, IPL is perfect for treating acne scars. This skin rejuvenation treatment can also lessen the appearance of other forms of scars.
There’s laser hair removal, and then there’s IPL hair removal. When compared against each other, laser hair removal is generally more effective because the laser specifically targets and destroys hair follicles at their roots. In contrast, IPL scatters light through the skin in a broad spectrum of light. As a result, it is generally weaker than laser hair removal but provides good results so long as the wavelengths are tuned properly.
Facial Spider Vein Removal
With the scattering of light through the skin, IPL can also treat surface-level spider veins. With the proper light frequency, the heat from the light waves can break down the small diseased blood vessels that cause vascular damage to appear around your face.
What to Expect During the Treatment
When you come in for your treatment one of our Nashville aesthetics experts will cleanse and massage your skin in preparation for the IPL. You’ll be given eye protection to shield your eyes from the light and a cooling conductive gel will be applied to the treatment area.
As the light is applied to your face or skin, your doctor will give you a countdown so you can expect each pulse. Most patients experience some discomfort during this procedure, however, it is very tolerable. Usually, patients compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping over the area.
The length of the procedure depends on the size of the treatment area and if you want to treat multiple areas. Usually, a facial treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
What are the side-effects of IPL Facial Treatments?
In terms of side effects and recovery time, there’s no downtime at all for an IPL photofacial. However, your skin will probably feel warm to the touch and be more sensitive to sunlight.
Make sure you have adequate sun protection and apply it for a few days after your treatment. You should also make sure your skin is adequately hydrated. If you need help finding the best Nashville skin care products, talk to our resident skincare specialist Tracey Robinson.
In rare cases, the skin may become darker or lighter. Lighter patches of skin may look like scars, but are usually not permanent. Bruising is another potential side effect. Finally, and most rarely, blistering may occur if the skin absorbs too much energy.
If you have any concerns about these side effects, feel free to ask our expert Garza Plastic Surgery skincare staff.
IPL Photofacials at Garza Plastic Surgery in Belle Meade
At Garza Plastic Surgery, we serve Nashville plastic surgery clients as well as clients searching for nonsurgical solutions for skin conditions and aesthetics in Nashville. We provide popular mommy makeover packages involving common cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tucks, facelifts, and liposuction. We also offer body augmentation surgeries such as breast augmentation, blepharoplasties, and rhinoplasties.
If you have any questions for our skin care specialist, Tracey Robinson, ANP, or Dr. Robert Garza, give us a call or stop by our office in Belle Meade. Dr. Garza is one of the most acclaimed plastic surgeons in Nashville, TN, and has over a decade of experience.