Help! I Have Sun-Damaged Skin. Can an IPL Photofacial Help?

IPL photofacial

We all know that daily exposure to the sun can be harmful to your skin. While you do your best to try and avoid the sun’s powerful UV rays, the damage may already be done. Whether it happened during your youth, or as an adult, the sun's effects are more than skin-deep. Due to radiation from repeated exposure to the sun, your skin now may be showing signs of altered DNA. Accelerated clues of aging may be taking shape in the form of wrinkles, discoloration or freckle-like patches or age spots. Some Dallas area patients even have a blotchy complexion as a result of hyperpigmentation from sun exposure.

Although sun damage has most likely accumulated since your teen years, it is never too late to make an attempt to repair the effects of sun damage. The highly skilled and trained staff at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, utilize Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, or what is also known as a photofacial, to resurface the skin. This revolutionary technology is designed to give your skin a little love as it reduces and ultimately aims to eliminate the appearance of sun-damaged areas. It also works to rejuvenate the skin and restore a more healthy, youthful glow. ZO Skin Centre has provided some helpful information about the effects of sun damage on the skin and how IPL photofacial can help.

The many signs of sun damage. The days of long hours catching some rays may be a distant memory, but many people still have the aftereffects of those carefree summer days. Sun damage can appear in many ways aside from the obvious and painful sunburn. Here are some common signs of sun damage:

  • Hyperpigmentation or sunspots

  • Irregular or uneven skin tone

  • Rosacea

  • Melasma or patches of discolored skin

  • Laxity from collagen breakdown

  • Freckles

IPL Photofacial to the rescue

An IPL photofacial employs light therapy to destroy damaged skin molecules, reducing the sun’s effects. IPL treatments utilize controlled temperatures to heat brown or red-colored spots, eliminating sunspots and damaged blood vessels. IPL is fantastic for adding firmness to the while adding a renewed brighter appearance. IPL can also be used to reduce the appearance of other skin issues, including mild to moderate acne, rosacea, dark hair, and unwanted spider veins on the legs. The professional staff at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, most commonly treat their sun-damaged patients' skin on the face, chest, neck, and shoulders. When used for hair reduction purposes, IPL can be performed on the arms, legs, face, underarms, back, and bikini area.

Why does IPL work?

At ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, IPL treatments are transmitted through a handheld device that allows for laser-focused energy to be delivered deep into the skin’s tissues. This light energy causes tiny lesions within the skin that once healed, reveal new, refreshed layers of tissue. During this crucial healing time, the body stimulates collagen production to repair the damaged tissues. Collagen is the secret weapon in the fight against aging. This natural protein produced by the body improves the quality of your skin and its firmness. The result is an awe-inspiring naturally tighter and more youthful appearance.

What does an IPL treatment involve?

Patients at ZO Skin Centre wear protective eyewear during their IPL photofacial procedure. A cooling gel is applied to areas that are designated for treatment, during which a handheld applicator will deliver light energy into the tissues deep in the skin.

An IPL treatment feels like slight pinching sensations. Completed in about an hour, this state-of-the-art technology features minimal downtime following an IPL photofacial. Patients can resume their normal activities right away, which even includes makeup and sunscreen application. It is best to avoid direct sunlight exposure for the first week following treatment. It is normal to have some minor redness in the areas that were treated; however, this should be temporary and may be reduced by applying a cold compress. For those men and women who required more intense therapy, the skin may have some scattered red patches for up to a week following your procedure.

When will my sun damaged skin be clear again?

Good news! The results of an IPL photofacial are apparent soon after treatment. On average, many patients begin to see noticeable improvements in their skin within the first month after their procedure. The skilled team at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, formulate your customized treatment plan that is specific for skin needs and aesthetic goals. Our office typically recommends 3-5 IPL treatments to achieve optimal results. Depending on your skincare needs and lifestyle choices, an IPL refresher session may be needed in the future to maintain your beautiful results while tackling new trouble spots.

Blast away the effects of years of sun damage on your skin with an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) photofacial. This revolutionary treatment can help you eliminate uneven skin tones, the signs of rosacea, dark sunspots, and even unwanted hair while gaining a rejuvenated complexion. Contact ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, to learn more about what an IPL photofacial can do for you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.