INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) FOR REJUVENATION AND ROSACEA
The Ultimate Multi-Tasker -
IPL can address many
skin issues simultaneously. Its wavelength is very
versatile, operating on several levels, greatly diminishing the visual appearance of a variety of issues.
It has so many benefits: IPL is so easily tolerated
that no general anesthesia is needed; after care is
simple; typically sdie effect are rare and mild.
For all these reasons, IPL is a favorite mainstay in
restoring aging skin in our office. Dr. Duffy is a
proponent of steady, conservative, incremental
progress to keep skin looking its best. IPL also has
a very high compatibility with other office procedures
(peels, fillers, Q-Switch and CO2 lasers, Ulthera
and Pelleve, etc.)
How IPL Works and What to Expect.
IPL’s wavelength locks onto unwanted melanin; its heat energy
shatters unwanted pigment. Shattered melanin
particles can then be absorbed by the body. On a
slightly deeper level, it addresses vascular lesions
(broken capillaries) causing them to coagulate,
shrink and disappear. IPL is done in a series of 4 to
6 office visits, depending upon the extent and
severity of symptoms. Sessions are about 30 minutes, depending on the size the area. This modality
is quite comfortable with the use of topical numbing
creme. Aftercare instructions are easy to follow.
IPL and Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by
persistent flushing over the middle third of the face,
enlarged blood vessels, and reddened pimple-like
bumps. It affects millions of fair-skinned Americans
in their middle years each year and it is recurrent
and ever-changing in its symptoms. Many long-time
Rosacea sufferers have been disappointed by older
therapies and over-the-counter remedies. If you’ve
tried conventional older therapies, you owe it to
yourself to experience the results IPL can offer.
FDA-approved, safe and effective, IPL has proven
effective for the flushing of Rosacea. Dr. Duffy will
quite often opt to augment the IPL treatments with
topcial and oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
These therapies used dilligently and in concert with
each other will manage Rosacea quite adequately
for most patients. Diet (limiting spicey foods and alcohol), sun and heat protection and other lifestyle
changes will also help keep skin looking its best.
IPL is a light therapy that improves
redness, sun damage, age spots,
hyperpgimentation from Acne,
broken capillaries, telangectasia
(swatches of tiny vessels), enlarged
pores, sun-induced freckles on
hands, arms and chest, fine lines,
and the flushing of Rosacea,
with virtually no down time.