Intense Pulsed Light
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation is a new non-invasive process that can treat these types of skin problems without damaging the outer layers of the dermis. This means there is virtually no recovery time – you can even apply makeup and return to work the same day of treatment.
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormal pigmentation and broken blood vessels. The heat causes damage to the targeted area and the body begins its healing process as it releases the pigment. The area will darken before it flakes off or the body reabsorbs it.
When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. Anesthesia is not required.
Expect to see a gradual decrease in hyperpigmentation that is the result of sun damaged skin and a decrease in broken blood vessels. The results will be a smoother, more vibrant appearance. There is little or no down time with this procedure. The usual treatment time is five procedures, four weeks apart.