Understanding the Benefits of IPL

We are living in an era of laser technology. Lightsabers may take it to the realm of fiction, but in real life, lasers are being used every day for myriad tasks. And when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually a variety of lasers and laser treatments available to you. Although dermatologists started using laser technology decades ago to treat skin conditions, the field has improved dramatically in the intervening years. And these days, one of the most widely used lasers in dermatology is IPL, or intense pulsed light. But what can it do for you?

The main benefit of undergoing IPL treatments is that they will produce a more youthful, even skin tone, potentially correcting a number of existing issues. Let’s break it down, though. IPL lasers penetrate more deeply than some other types of lasers. So when you get an IPL photofacial treatment, you can expect a number of targeted benefits. You will almost certainly notice improvement of discoloration, such as brown spots and redness, including rosacea. It will address issues like sun spots and visible blood vessels, as well as other irregular pigmentation on the face, neck, and chest (or other areas, depending on the treatment you choose).

IPL photofacials can also help to eliminate acne problems and reduce pore size, creating an even and blemish-free skin tone for up to several months at a time following treatment. This type of laser can also stimulate collagen growth, helping to give skin a plump, youthful appearance for a time after treatment. In other words, it hits the trifecta, creating skin that exhibits smoother texture, even tone, and a youthful glow. In addition, the price for treatment has come down significantly over the past several years as the treatment has become more popular. And it can be used in conjunction with other treatments that target the surface of the skin for even better results, although you’ll want to discuss this with your dermatologist to understand the potential risks and benefits.

IPL has also traditionally been used for laser hair removal, although this practice has fallen out of fashion as more targeted laser hair removal technology has become available. That said, years of use have led to the determination that few lasers deliver the same incredible results as IPL when it comes to treating skin conditions like acne, age spots, sun damage, and more. So it’s definitely a treatment you’ll want to consider as you age.

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Lawrence Osman, MD

Lawrence Osman, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and liposuction surgeon in Los Angeles specializing in minimally invasive techniques such as liposuction using local anesthesia. He has offices in the Los Angeles area in both Northridge and Calabasas. Visit www.drosman.com to learn more.

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