What Is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is a skin rejuvenation protocol that can have a massive impact on one's complexion, reversing the effects of the natural aging process, sun damage, acne, and environmental issues. The IPL device emits intense pulsed light therapy to stimulate collagen production and skin cell renewal while improving the skin's overall elasticity and texture. The procedure can accomplish all of this without requiring any extensive downtime or recovery period.
How Does IPL Work?
Intense Pulsed Light is an innovative technology that can improve skin quality by emitting intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy into the treatment area.
IPL technology is designed to deliver a steady stream of light energy directly into the skin's upper layers (epidermis), triggering the body's natural collagen production process. Collagen is a vital protein in the deeper layers of the skin, keeping it tight and fighting laxity. It is the loss of this protein that ultimately leads to issues such as skin sagging and fine lines.
The IPL device's photothermal energy can also address visible veins and blood vessels that appear on the skin's surface, achieving aesthetic improvements. It is also effective at mitigating the overproduction of melanin, which contributes to hyperpigmentation on the skin. The IPL device is also equipped with cooling features that ensure the procedure is comfortable for patients from start to finish.
What are the Treatment Areas?
- Back of the hands
What Is IPL Designed To Treat?
- Pigmented lesions and hyperpigmentation
- Spider veins and vascular lesions
- Unwanted freckles
- Rosacea and unwanted redness
- Sunspots and age spots
- Irregular skin textures
- Fine lines, wrinkles, and folds
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
As with any cosmetic procedure, IPL therapy begins with a detailed consultation with the doctor, who will perform a thorough assessment of the patient's face, neck, chest, and hands to identify their cosmetic concerns. The priority is to make note of any issues related to pigmentation, vascular lesions, and sun damage.
The patient's medical history and current medication use are then discussed to ensure that they are a good fit for the procedure. If it is determined that the patient needs a preparation period to meet the requirements for the procedure, they will be asked to come back later.
Some common guidelines include the following:
- Avoid sunlight for a few days leading up to the treatment
- Avoid tanning beds for at least a few days prior to the procedure
- Cease the use of medications that are known to increase light sensitivity
IPL treatment is relatively quick and painless, achieving incredible results in as little as 30 to 60 minutes. The patient's skin type, concerns, and needs are evaluated, and the device is adjusted accordingly for precise, effective, and safe treatment. The device is then passed over the treatment areas.
While there is no discomfort, patients might feel a warm sensation as the device is applied to their skin. It is normal for the skin to appear a bit red and swollen during the procedure and recovery period. While topical anesthesia is not considered necessary for the procedure, patients have the option to request it, if they so desire.
Why Choose Northside Plastic Surgery?
Under the direction of Dr. Mike Majmundar, Northside Plastic Surgery offers patients a wide array of surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help them achieve their cosmetic goals. Whatever the procedure may be, Dr. Majmundar always incorporates his expertise and eye for detail into his work, curating individualized treatment plans and carrying them out with incredible precision.
An Atlanta Magazine Top Doctor for 11 years running, Dr. Majmundar is a widely revered and respected figure in the cosmetic community of the state of Georgia and beyond. At Northside Plastic Surgery, we strive to make sure that patients achieve their aesthetic goals while receiving care in our world-class facility with state-of-the-art technology. We always prioritize our patient's goals and work closely with them to create a treatment plan that is comfortable and satisfactory for them.
IPL Therapy FAQs
Q. What does IPL therapy feel like?
As a non-invasive procedure, IPL is an incredibly gentle treatment with little-to-no discomfort.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
As every patient will receive a personalized treatment plan, the exact number of IPL sessions required will be different for everyone. IPL can be performed in tandem with other treatments in order to achieve more pronounced results. Undergoing a IPL treatment at least once a year can take years off of one's complexion.
Q. What are the recovery guidelines?
- Do not apply any scented lotions or exfoliants to the treatment sites
- Avoid scrubbing your skin aggressively
- Apply an ice pack regularly to reduce swelling and redness
- Avoid contact with direct sunlight
- Wear sun lotion of SPF-45 or higher
- Refrain from tanning bed sessions for a few days
When will I see the results?
The results will start appearing in a week or two. Some of the pigmented lesions, sunspots, and freckles will darken and flake off within three weeks.