Living in Atlanta, we’re always glad to see people in places like Buffalo or Chicago fighting through the ice and snow. We’ll head to the golf course instead, if that’s OK.
So, our upcoming winter probably won’t be very intense. Still, maybe it’s a good time to get intense with some of those skin issues on your face. You know, those sun spots, age spots, areas of pigmentation, even rosacea.
At Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery, we get intense with those areas of damaged skin with intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments.
What is IPL?
It’s easy to confuse intense pulsed light with lasers. After all, they both utilize light energy, right? Yeah, but IPL delivers a broad spectrum of light energy onto skin problems. Lasers use just a single wavelength. Because of its broader spectrum, IPL can treat several different conditions. IPL penetrates deeply into the skin causing the body to react by increasing collagen production. Plus, it constricts and closes blood vessels near the skin surface, removes or thoroughly reduces the appearance of sun spots, age spots, broader areas of pigmentation, and reduces the redness of rosacea.
Would IPL be good for you?
Anyone who has blotchy, sun-damaged skin, discolored skin, or whose skin is a minefield of freckles could benefit from an IPL FotoFacial, as the treatment is called. Catchy, right?
So, who shouldn’t have IPL FotoFacials? IPL is not recommended for people with darker skin tones, for instance, those who are type V or VI on the Fitzpatrick scale. If you’re prone to developing red, raised keloid scars or hyperpigmentation, IPL isn’t for you, either.
How many IPL sessions are needed?
Most skin problems can benefit from IPL, but it usually takes a few sessions to accumulate the benefits. Dr. Beaty recommends a series of 3-5 treatments for most skin problems treatable with IPL.
If you’re interested in doing something about your sun damage, freckles, brown patches, and the like, IPL could be a good procedure for you. Contact us at (770) 753-0053 and ask about IPL at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery.