Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation
If you want to improve your skin tone, Water’s Edge Dermatology is leading the way in making skin more beautiful. Intense pulsed light photorejuvenation (IPL) with the Icon™ Aesthetic System can treat skin of all colors to clear sun damage and visible veins for a more relaxed and rejuvenated appearance.
Our photorejuvenation process offers comfortable and effective photofacials for the treatment of sun damage and unsightly veins, making visible improvements in your appearance. IPL also improves your skin texture and tone and reduces the appearance of pores. The photorejuvenation process uses a laser with pulses of concentrated light to treat:
- Sun damage: Wide areas of pigmentation on the face, neck, chest, and other areas
- Age spots: Pigmented lesions or brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other areas of the body
- Rosacea: General inflammation and redness of the cheeks and face
- Spider veins and broken blood vessels: Tiny blood vessels that appear near the surface of the face
How does intense pulsed light work?
Our pulsed light system uses specialized handpieces that filter light to target pigmented lesions and blood vessels. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as sun spot removal and vessel clearance.
IPL can be used on skin of all colors. Your treatment provider will move the handpiece over your skin, as pulses of light pass through your skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sun spots and the blood in visible vessels, which typically fade from view within two weeks.
How is intense pulsed light different from a laser?
Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but IPL systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result.
What body areas can I get treated?
Most areas, except directly around the eyes. The face, neck, chest, arms, back, and legs can all be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Photorejuvenation typically consists of a series of three to five treatments spaced three to six weeks apart. Each session usually takes 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts for 2 to 24 hours and can be soothed with a cold gel or ice pack.
- Age spots/sun damage: Pigmentation will darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within one to two weeks.
- Rosacea: Skin tone will typically benefit from less pronounced redness within a week after treatments.
- Spider veins: Vessels may disappear after treatment or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10-14 days.
Remember, it generally takes three to five treatments for your concern to fully resolve.
At Water’s Edge, our photorejuvenation process provides the most skin-safe, comfortable, and effective photofacials available, with little to no downtime. IPL appointments are quick, and you can return to work or other activities – looking and feeling fine. For a lasting solution for unwanted hair, we also offer IPL hair removal.
For a complimentary consultation to find out if IPL photorejuvenation is right for you, request an appointment online or call Water’s Edge Dermatology today. We have locations throughout Central and South Florida.
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