IPL For Hair Removal
In regards to hair removal, many people report that IPL is less painful than waxing, lasers or electrolysis and does not present side effects such as swelling, stinging or itching. While traditional hair removal methods such as depilatory creams and waxing provide short-term solutions to excessive or unwanted hair growth, IPL actually destroys the mechanism of action within hair follicles that promotes hair growth.
IPL for Brown Spots
One of the most common uses of the IPL treatment is for brown spots on the skin. Melanin, which is the chemical that gives skin its color, is overproduced by the body and causes brown spots (age spots). The melanin absorbs the bursts of light emitted by IPL devices and damages the melanocytes. As a result, the skin repairs itself with cells no longer containing an abundance of melanin.
IPL for Vascular Lesions
For removal of vascular lesions lying on or just below the skin’s surface, Intense Pulsed Light treatments offer a virtually painless and quick alternative to sclerotherapy or diathermy, both procedures that require the insertion of a needle, as well as vein-killing chemicals, into blood vessels. With IPL, patients can have the appearance of unattractive vascular lesions reduced by allowing a Mayoral Dermatology physician attack veins with heat that is intense enough to shrink veins until they are harmlessly absorbed by the body. Any area of the body can be treated for vein removal by IPL, including the face, back, chest and legs.
IPL for Acne
Increasingly, Intense Pulsed Light therapy is being used to improve acne and reduce the chance of future breakouts. To do this, a dermatologist will adjust the light pulses so that only specific frequencies are emitted that trigger a substance called porphyrin, a molecule containing oxygen that is already found in facial oil glands.
When these light pulses activate porphyrin molecules, enough oxygen is released to kill the anaerobic bacteria primarily responsible for acne. Dermatologists then employ another frequency that debilitates oil glands which helps inhibit glands from overproducing oil. The combination of oxygen stimulation and oil gland inactivation greatly improves the patient’s skin appearance without the patient resorting to long-term use of antibiotics or salicylic acid-based creams that tend to dry and irritate skin without really addressing the primary causes of acne.
Get IPL in Coral Gables at Mayoral Dermatology
Intense Pulsed Light represents a non-invasive, painless method to rejuvenate aging or damaged skin without suffering the downtime and distressing side effects associated with cosmetic surgical procedures. To discover if IPL is right for you, contact Mayoral Dermatology to talk to a caring physician who will be glad to discuss the details of Intense Pulsed Light therapy. Find out today how you can enjoy skin that is healthy, glowing and free of unattractive wrinkles, acne or vascular lesions.