IPL Laser Treatments in Portage, MI
Get Rid of The Signs of Ageing with IPL Laser Treatments in Portage, MI. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology We Are Proud to Offer IPL Therapy for Sun Spots, Pigmentation, Rosacea and Many Other Skin Imperfections. Call or Request an Appointment Online.
When it comes to facial rejuvenation, there are a number of aesthetic treatment options available. However, for patients seeking to improve their overall facial appearance by addressing skin tone imperfections with targeted light therapy, IPL photorejuvenation may be the non-surgical, non-invasive procedure they have been looking for, and the experienced providers at Southwest Michigan Dermatology can provide you with customized IPL laser treatments in Portage, MI.
What is IPL?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It is a treatment method that harnesses the power of light therapy to address a number of common cosmetic concerns including unsightly hair, acne spots and scarring, sun damage, and even wrinkles. It works by penetrating into the second layer of your skin, known as the dermis, while harmlessly passing through the uppermost layer, known as the epidermis, in order to target pigmentation abnormalities and induce the production of collagen. Because it leaves the top layer of your skin unharmed, it requires less healing time and has a lower risk of adverse side effects than many other forms of facial rejuvenation. IPL can be used anywhere on the body but may work better on certain areas than others.
What types of issues can IPL treatments address?
IPL treatments can be used almost anywhere on the body, though the face is the most commonly treated area. IPL technology can effectively target and correct a number of skin issues including rosacea, broken capillaries and spider veins, freckles, sun damage, age spots, as well as active acne blemishes and acne scarring. IPL can even be used for hair removal. IPL works because the more highly pigmented areas of the body absorb the intense pulsed light waves, which allows them to be broken down as they are heated, and then eventually shed by the body. IPL technology also targets p. acne bacteria, which can treat and prevent breakouts. IPL can address a wider range of concerns than traditional laser treatments because it utilizes a broader spectrum wavelength.
What should I expect during and after my treatment?
The first step your skincare provider will take during your IPL treatment session is to thoroughly cleanse the area being treated. Before your skin is exposed to the IPL device, a topical anesthetic will be used to help keep you comfortable during your treatment. You will be provided with specialized eyewear that will protect your eyes from the light pulses as they are applied to your skin. IPL treatment can be mildly uncomfortable, though it is typically no more painful than the sensation of having a rubber band snapped against your skin. Most IPL treatment sessions will approximately 30 minutes to complete, though multiple sessions may be recommended depending on your desired outcome.
Should I do anything special to prepare my skin beforehand or help it recover afterward?
The most important thing to remember is to treat your skin gently for up to 2 weeks before and several days after your treatment. Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible and do not wax, tan, or receive chemical peels. You should also avoid harsh topical treatments including retinols and AHAs. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer and make sure to use an effective sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.If you are interested in removing unwanted hair, addressing unsightly pigmentation issues, or clearing acne and the scars it leaves behind, call Southwest Michigan Dermatology to schedule an appointment with an experienced skincare expert. We provide IPL phototherapy services that can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and many other aesthetic concerns with minimal discomfort and no downtime for recovery.