The good old days where you laid out by the pool soaking up the sun's rays are a foregone memory now. However, those sun-drenched days may have left behind souvenirs in the form of freckles, dark brown spots, and wrinkles on your neck and face. Some men and women even have blotchy complexions known as hyperpigmentation, which features flat darkened patches caused by the sun’s powerful rays. The good news is that the effects of sun damage can be corrected. The highly-skilled staff at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, offer photofacials using intense pulsed light therapy (IPL).
An IPL photofacial can miraculously turn back the hands of time by reducing or eliminating sun damage without any added downtime. Read below to learn how this therapy can reduce facial redness and pigmentation while restoring your skin to a more healthy, youthful look.
IPL photofacial explained
ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, uses the high-end photofacial skin rejuvenation treatment, Lumecca by InMode technology, which incorporates intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to correct wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, freckles, acne rosacea, large pores, vascular lesions, and poor skin texture. By utilizing a broad spectrum of light to target a wide range of skin imperfections, the result is a firmer, brighter, and more vibrant skin tone. This powerful light therapy is capable of zapping the bacteria, which is to blame for mild to moderate acne. Also, redness caused by rosacea, inflammation, and blemishes can all be reduced. Even those annoying spider veins on the legs that seem to pop up may be improved. Dark body hair on the face, neck, underarms, legs, chest, and bikini line can all be gone with IPL.
How does IPL differ from laser treatment?
An IPL photofacial treatment is similar to standard laser skin treatments. However, while a laser uses one wavelength of light, IPL has many wavelengths of light, similar to a camera's flash. The results are a more significant and more in-depth amount of targeted skin coverage, correcting skin imperfections. The heat dispersed from an IPL's laser destroys unwanted pigment, freckles, and other dark spots as well as body hair. Photofacials are deemed safe and will not harm your skin. Before treatment, one of our skincare professionals at ZO Skin Centre will conduct an in-depth examination of your skin in order to determine if an IPL treatment is the best method to address your needs.
How does an IPL photofacial work?
An IPL treatment’s broad spectrum of light is safely delivered past the top layer of skin and into the second layer (known as the dermis). Once in the dermis, the light energy is converted into heat and causes microscopic lesions in the skin. The body is signaled to go into repair mode, and the production of collagen and elastin are prompted, resulting in firmer and reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
IPL also focuses on a dark pigment called melanin. The treatment breaks up melanin’s cells so that dark spots, freckles, and other discoloration due to UV exposure can be eliminated. Following treatment, these dark spots will either scab over and flake away or be removed naturally by the body's lymphatic system.
IPL also targets hemoglobin in red blood cells. When it is heated during treatment at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, hemoglobin transfers that heat to the walls of blood vessels, causing it to become damaged and closed off. Redness caused by thin capillary vessels is treated.
On what parts of the body does IPL work best?
At ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, most patients request their faces to be treated with an IPL photofacial. This treatment area is desired for its ability to reverse the effects of sun damage on the face along while minimizing the appearance of pores, restoring a more youthful appearance. Other popular areas treated include the chest, neck, and shoulders along with hair reduction along the arms, legs, face, underarms, back, and bikini area.
What to expect during treatment
Patients at ZO Skin Centre are provided with protective eye gear to be worn for the duration of their IPL photofacial procedure. A cooling gel is applied to help soothe and moisturize the areas to be treated. The light therapy is delivered through a handheld applicator as this energy travels deep into the layers of the skin. Some patients report feeling warm or slight pinching sensations during the procedure, which usually is completed in about an hour. Because it is so quick and convenient, some patients even schedule their treatment during their lunch break.
Recovery from IPL treatment
Most patients report that no downtime was needed following an IPL photofacial. You are immediately cleared to resume normal activities right away, which even includes wearing makeup and sunscreen. However, exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided for 5-7 days after treatment. Minor redness in areas that were treated is normal and temporary and often reduced by applying a cold compress. If more intensive treatment was required, it is not unusual for the skin to appear a bit red and splotchy for up to a week following your procedure.
Visible results from an IPL photofacial
You will begin to see the fantastic improvements in your skin's color and condition within about 2-4 weeks following the procedure. Our highly-skilled team at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, will work with you to create a customized treatment plan for your specific skin needs. We typically recommend 3-5 IPL treatments, approximately three weeks apart, for optimal results. Depending on your skincare needs and lifestyle choices, additional IPL sessions may be recommended to maintain your long-lasting results.
If years of sun exposure have left their mark on your skin, then an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) photofacial could provide you with fantastic, rejuvenated results. This revolutionary treatment can help you reduce redness, even out pigmentation, and soften your skin's complexion for a healthier appearance. If this sounds like a fitting remedy for your damaged skin, then contact ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, to learn more about what an IPL photofacial can do for you.