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Skin Care

Repair Sun Damage with IPL

After years of exposure to the sun, signs of sun damage will appear. IPL (Intense Pulse Light) therapy can help to improve these issues.  Intense-pulsed light (IPL) therapy, otherwise known as a PhotoFacial, is a highly effective and safe tool to address fine lines, discoloration, age spots, and many types of hyperpigmentation. Although IPL is often categorized as a type of laser skin rejuvenation treatment, it doesn’t actually use a laser—it uses energy-based light. We offer the Lumenis IPL machine, which is lighter than “real” laser technologies and allows you to enjoy virtually no downtime and beautiful results.

IPL is not just used for sun damage though! Other ways IPL can be utilized in your skincare treatments is for collagen production, calming redness from rosacea, killing acne bacteria in acne lesions, and bruising post-injection or surgery.

IPL treatments can be performed on the face, chest, and hands to minimize the appearance of some of the most common skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. This refers to any darkening of the skin including sun damage, freckles, birthmarks, liver spots, and even rosacea, varicose veins, and broken blood vessels.

Skin Care

Repair Sun Damage with IPL

After years of exposure to the sun, signs of sun damage will appear. IPL (Intense Pulse Light) therapy can help to improve these issues.  Intense-pulsed light (IPL) therapy, otherwise known as a PhotoFacial, is a highly effective and safe tool to address fine lines, discoloration, age spots, and many types of hyperpigmentation. Although IPL is often categorized as a type of laser skin rejuvenation treatment, it doesn’t actually use a laser—it uses energy-based light. We offer the Lumenis IPL machine, which is lighter than “real” laser technologies and allows you to enjoy virtually no downtime and beautiful results.

IPL is not just used for sun damage though! Other ways IPL can be utilized in your skincare treatments is for collagen production, calming redness from rosacea, killing acne bacteria in acne lesions, and bruising post-injection or surgery.

IPL treatments can be performed on the face, chest, and hands to minimize the appearance of some of the most common skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. This refers to any darkening of the skin including sun damage, freckles, birthmarks, liver spots, and even rosacea, varicose veins, and broken blood vessels.

IPL vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Since IPL does not use a laser, it is not a laser technology. However, the two types of treatments do have some similarities—and differences. A laser focuses a singular wavelength on the skin, while IPL releases a variety of light wavelengths. This is called a “photo flash” and why it is often referred to as a PhotoFacial.

IPL light is scattered and less concentrated than a laser. It is able to penetrate to the second layer of skin, the dermis, while keeping the top layer intact. This means less damage, less downtime, and a more comfortable experience.

IPL works because the unwanted pigment absorbs the light energy, which is then turned into heat. Heat is what breaks up the pigment. Technically, IPL can be used just about anywhere on the body, but it is less effective in areas that are uneven. Those who are prone to keloid scarring or have darker skin tones might be a better match for a laser skin technology rather than IPL.

IPL PhotoFacial | Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

IPL vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing

IPL PhotoFacial | Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

Since IPL does not use a laser, it is not a laser technology. However, the two types of treatments do have some similarities—and differences. A laser focuses a singular wavelength on the skin, while IPL releases a variety of light wavelengths. This is called a “photo flash” and why it is often referred to as a PhotoFacial.

IPL light is scattered and less concentrated than a laser. It is able to penetrate to the second layer of skin, the dermis, while keeping the top layer intact. This means less damage, less downtime, and a more comfortable experience.

IPL works because the unwanted pigment absorbs the light energy, which is then turned into heat. Heat is what breaks up the pigment. Technically, IPL can be used just about anywhere on the body, but it is less effective in areas that are uneven. Those who are prone to keloid scarring or have darker skin tones might be a better match for a laser skin technology rather than IPL.

IPL PhotoFacial | Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

The Science of IPL

The Lumenis M22 is a multi-application device approved to treat 30+ skin conditions. Featuring the Optimal Plus Technology, just one handpiece can be fit with multiple filters for customized treatments. Every treatment can and should be customized just for you, and that is what IPL offers. Since it can treat so many conditions, you can tackle a number of problem areas with each session.

Most clients do require multiple sessions for optimal results, but the exact number of treatments will vary based on your skin, needs, and goals. An average of 3 – 6 treatments is needed. However, since IPL also addresses aging skin, it can be used as a preventative and maintenance tool. Once the initial results are achieved, many clients like to schedule routine treatments every few months to sustain results.

The Science of IPL

IPL PhotoFacial | Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

The Lumenis M22 is a multi-application device approved to treat 30+ skin conditions. Featuring the Optimal Plus Technology, just one handpiece can be fit with multiple filters for customized treatments. Every treatment can and should be customized just for you, and that is what IPL offers. Since it can treat so many conditions, you can tackle a number of problem areas with each session.

Most clients do require multiple sessions for optimal results, but the exact number of treatments will vary based on your skin, needs, and goals. An average of 3 – 6 treatments is needed. However, since IPL also addresses aging skin, it can be used as a preventative and maintenance tool. Once the initial results are achieved, many clients like to schedule routine treatments every few months to sustain results.

Should You Get IPL, Laser, or a Combination of these Treatments?

It depends. Some clients are perfect matches just for IPL while others have skin types or conditions that are betters suited to laser options. There are a number of clients who benefit from combining treatments, whether it’s IPL and laser or IPL with another treatment like a HydraFacial.

Understanding which treatment (or treatments) will give you the results you want begins with a consultation. We will address your skin questions and concerns and develop a customized plan just for you. This might include IPL, particularly if you struggle with hyperpigmentation and want a relatively gentle approach. Since IPL requires little to no downtime, it’s a perfect “lunch hour” procedure and you can immediately get back to your day.

How many IPL treatments are needed?

Each induvial will vary but the general recommendation is 3 IPL treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 6-12 months to continue in the upkeep for the reduction of sun damage and increase collagen production.

What happens prior to my IPL treatment?

Please follow the guidelines for best results:

  • No active sunburn or suntan
  • discontinue use of self-tanner in area of treatment for 7 days prior
  • discontinue retinol use for 5-7 days
  • reschedule if on antibiotics- as antibiotics can make your skin sensitive to light and heat

What should I expect after IPL treatment?

This depends on the patient and the type of work they are returning to. Most people who can work from home or have a desk/office job can go back to work in about a week. Patients report feeling tired more quickly when they first head back to work. If the work is more physical in nature, they usually will wait about 3 weeks to return.

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Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

Online appointment booking has never been easier. You can now browse appointment availability with your provider for popular treatments including IPL. Botox, fillers, Emsculpt body toning, laser and energy-based treatments, peels, facials, and more. Get started today.

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Schedule Your Skin Care Appointment

Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery and Skin Center | Scottsdale, Arizona

Online appointment booking has never been easier. You can now browse appointment availability with your provider for popular treatments including IPL. Botox, fillers, Emsculpt body toning, laser and energy-based treatments, peels, facials, and more. Get started today.

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