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Intense pulsed light therapy is a "quick fix" procedure to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful glow with virtually no downtime. IPL stimulates new collagen to form in the skin thereby reducing fine lines, minimizing pore size and acne scars and increasing the elasticity of the skin. IPL also diminishes flushing or the redness of the face associated with Rosacea, reduces brown spots, erases broken capillaries and smoothes rough;y textured skin.

IPL threapy consits of a series of four to six treatments in which an intense flash of light is emitted similar to the flash of a camera. IPL passes through the top layer of skin and penetrates to the deeper layer where blood vessels, pigment cells and collagen are found. Because the epidermis is unharmed, the severe redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing is avoided.

Any skin treated with IPL including skin on the face, neck, chest, back, hands, arms and legs. The actual procedure time varies depending on the size of the area treated. IPL therapy of the full face may take 20 minutes, while treatment of the face, neck and chest may take as long as 45 minutes.

Treatments feel a little like a rubber band being snapped on your skin; anesthesia isn't required.

IPL treatments of freckles or brown spots usually require no downtime and you can return to normal daily activities immediately. Over a two to three week period any brown spots of freckles will darken then flake off. IPL treatments of abnormal redness or vessels usually have minimal downtime although some patients experience purple discoloration as the IPL ruptures the blood vessels. Camouflage makeup can conceal any discoloration and it usually resolves in about a week.

After IPL therapy, it is especially important to wear sunscreen and a hat to avoid sun exposure and prevent discoloration or recurrence of sun damage, brown spots and lines.

If you want to erase skin damage, improve your appearance and look your best, please contact us for more information about IPL or to schedule an appointment.

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