Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a very effective treatment for blemishes, and sun damaged skin. The IPL machine works by directing the light energy to the specific pigmented spots. The wavelength that the IPL uses targets the damaged pigment, while ensuring that the nearby tissue is left intact. IPL is also an excellent treatment for reducing pores, and it also stimulates collagen to create a firmer appearance. The results of the IPL therapy often depend on skin tone, as well as the extent of the damaged area.
IPL is also very effective on brown spots. Most brown spots are the result of excessive sunlight, UV radiation, or natural aging. However, if the spots appear in a patch, or cover an extensive area of pigment, this may be melasma.
Typically, it takes about 6 IPL treatments to achieve optimal results. Sessions are spaced over 3-4 week intervals. This is done in order to assess progress, and make adjustments where necessary. IPL treatments are not painful, but at Fountain of Youth Medispa we do have options such as numbing creams and ice, should you need them.
After treatment your spots may appear darker, and there may be some amount of redness and puffiness. These symptoms will gradually subside, and you can then resume normal activities. However, it is important to protect the skin with the use of UVA and UVB sunscreen.
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