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Is IPL for you?

What is IPL:

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a therapy that uses light to treat wrinkles, acne, sun damage, rosacea, red spots/vascular lesions, and unwanted hair. It is similar to a laser but a laser uses one wave length of focused light energy while IPL uses light of many different wave lengths, like a photo flash. The light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a laser. It enters the dermis (the second layer of you skin) without harming the top layer (the epidermis) and does less damage to your skin.

Pigment cells in your skin absorb the light, creating heat, which dissolves unwanted pigmentation to clear up freckles and other spots. It is a great treatment to give a youthful glow and smooth, even skin tone.

It’s normal for freckles and age spots to darken for 3-7 days before fading or completely disappearing. The treatment itself lasts about 25-30 minutes and feels warm on the skin. A cooling device is used to make the treatment pain free. There is no down time with an IPL treatment.

Newer IPL devices work as well as lasers for some treatments such as fading blood vessels in the skin.

IPL usually requires a series of sessions to achieve optimal results. There are some skin types that are not good candidates for IPL, including darker skin tones and people with keloid scarring.

Call Pamela today for an assessment to see if this treatment is right for you.

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