Over time, the sun’s rays can do a number on the skin. The effects may not be noticeable at first. However, as the years pass, freckles and dark spots (also known as age spots) may begin to make an appearance. Along with wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation may become visible. This common condition results in patches of skin that appear darker than the areas that surround it.
One of the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate the effects of sun damage is with an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) photofacial. This treatment is extremely versatile and effective for addressing a variety of skin issues. Results that cannot be achieved with standard laser treatments are possible with IPL. The expert staff at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX explain how this rejuvenating treatment works to restore the skin’s healthy glow.
Light therapy is the basis of an IPL photofacial. No downtime is required for this innovative technology, which targets molecules in the skin to improve the discoloration and aged appearance that can result from sun damage. By heating elements in the molecules that contain red or brown colors, the offending sunspots and blood vessels are damaged or destroyed, leaving behind firmer, more radiant skin.
Similarly, the redness and irritation associated with a skin condition called rosacea also can be improved with IPL. Because it lays waste to bacteria, IPL may be used to address mild to moderate cases of acne and other bothersome blemishes. Meanwhile, embarrassing spider veins on the legs and unwanted hair elsewhere on the body also can be banished with IPL treatments.
Because IPL offers such versatility, it is used to treat several areas of the body. At ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, IPL photofacials are extremely popular among patients who wish to improve the appearance of sun damage, as well as minimize their pores so that their skin looks more youthful and refreshed. Other areas that have been repeatedly exposed to the sun’s damaging rays, including the neck, shoulder, and delicate décolletage area of the chest, also may be treated with IPL. It can also be effective for reducing unwanted hair on the back, arms, legs, bikini area, and underarms.
The science behind IPL
IPL is different than standard laser treatments which typically use just one wavelength of light. Instead, it emits a broad spectrum of light in pulses (think of the flash on a camera) and delivers it to the second layer of the skin called the dermis. Once there, the energy of the light is transformed into heat and causes microscopic lesions to form. This prompts the body to repair these tiny injuries by producing restorative collagen and elastin, which ultimately diminishes wrinkles and fine lines and boosts the skin’s firmness. The hemoglobin found in red blood cells is also a prime target for IPL. The heat energy that is created is transferred into blood vessel walls. This damages the vessels and causes them to close off. The result is a reduction in the appearance of dilated capillary vessels that can be apparent following sun damage.
The dark pigment in the body, known as melanin, doesn’t stand a chance against the healing powers of IPL. Its light energy also works to break up melanin and the cells that contain it, thus eliminating freckles and other dark spots as well as areas of skin discoloration caused by the sun’s damaging UV rays. Following your IPL treatment at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, the spots will be removed naturally by your body’s lymphatic system or will flake away on their own.
What happens during an IPL procedure?
The experts at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX employ state-of-the-art Lumecca by InMode technology for all IPL photofacial treatments. The utmost care is taken to ensure that patients, who are provided with protective eye gear, are relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. Treatment areas receive an application of a cooling gel in preparation for the special handheld applicator that emits pulses of light. The energy that it creates is transmitted into the dermis, where the restorative work gets underway. It is not unusual for patients to experience a slightly warm, pinching sensation as the energy is safely and effectively delivered to the targeted treatment areas, but this is temporary.
What results are expected?
For most Dallas patients, the entire IPL photofacial treatment at ZO Skin Centre takes an hour or less to complete. No downtime is expected, which helps make it a quick and convenient procedure. This also means that it is possible to schedule an IPL photofacial during your lunch break, reapply sunscreen and makeup, and return to work immediately afterward. It is possible to experience some slight redness for a time following treatment, and care should be taken to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for up to a week.
Although some patients experience skin improvements shortly after their IPL photofacial, for most the changes become evident within 2-4 weeks. Depending on their severity of the sun damage to your skin it may be necessary to undergo up to five IPL treatments, spaced every three weeks or so, in order to achieve your desired aesthetic goals. In order to maintain your stunning results, as well as address any new skin concerns that arise, future IPL sessions may be required. The skilled staffers at ZO Skin Centre work closely with Dallas-area patients to develop customized treatment plans.
Turn back the hands of time
The sun’s powerful UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin. Years of hanging out at the beach, frolicking at the lake, or relaxing poolside can cause your skin to become discolored and for a condition called hyperpigmentation to develop. Meanwhile, skin that is freckled with dark brown spots can look aged. An IPL photofacial performed at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX may be able to help. This revolutionary technology harnesses the healing power of light to restore a healthy, rejuvenated appearance. If you’re ready to hit your skin’s reset button, call us and schedule an appointment to experience the benefits of an IPL photofacial.