Glowing Skin: Benefits of an IPL Photofacial in Virginia

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What is Intense Pulsed Light? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually a type of laser, though it’s fairly close in concept. Nonetheless, an IPL photofacial offers itself as a great option for skin rejuvenation.

What the IPL Photofacial Can Do For You

Like many other energy-based skin rejuvenation treatments, the IPL Photofacial is actually a great tool for a number of skin conditions.

This is because the treatment promotes the production of collagen. By applying energy in extremely, extremely fast and precise pulses, the skin’s healing processes can be stimulated.

How does it work? Unlike lasers which are single wavelength, IPL uses broad-spectrum energy — which tends to be gentler on the skin.

Compare IPL to fractional lasers, another popular skin rejuvenation treatment: fractional lasers are ablative and lead to a much longer recovery time.

Take how IPL can treat brown spots. Energy is filtered to precisely target the specific pigment in the skin — which absorb the light energy, and are consequently destroyed.

Because the energy is targeted and ‘pulsed,’ damage to surrounding areas is minimized.

Is IPL Just a Rosacea Treatment?

If you’ve read about IPL, you’ll notice that it’s very specifically designed to treat pigmentation issues — primarily redness, which is why the treatment is so often mentioned as a rosacea treatment.

But the range of conditions it treats is actually much larger.

A short list of what IPL can treat: IPL can remove age spots, broken capillaries, reduce pore size, and help with minor wrinkles. Moreover, IPL can help tighten the skin.

The IPL Experience

Intense Pulsed Light, meanwhile, is a softer procedure, which takes less than 15 minutes.

If you’re suffering from severe rosacea, it may take up to five treatments to fully treat the condition.

Downtime is only a week, though full effects can take up to a full month to fully come through.

Want to know more? Call (540) 667-3223 to schedule a consultation with our expert, Dr. Matthew Karen.