Intense Pulsed Light “IPL”
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Intense Pulsed Light “IPL”
Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) is a type of light treatment that works by emitting different wavelengths of light into the skin in accordance to the treatment need. It can be used for hair removal, acne relief, and treatment for wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and repair of vascular damage.
The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of heat that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office under local or topical anesthesia. As a result of this treatment, you can achieve a more youthful looking skin.
The CO2 laser and the Erbium YAG laser, are used for deep skin resurfacing and superficial skin rejuvenation. Superficial resurfacing treatments are available for atrophic acne scars, uneven pigment, seborrheic keratosis, and photo-damaged skin lesions.
- CO2/Erbium Laser procedure – one treatment every 6 months
- Erbium – one treatment every 4 weeks
How does laser hair removal work?
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s growth. We use the highest technology lasers with unparalleled treatment efficacies in hair removal, especially thinner hairs that other lasers simply cannot target.
Is laser hair removal painful?
The laser treatment itself can cause a slight tingling or heat sensation. With the patented DCD cooling system of the laser, patients tolerate the procedure very well. Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia can be an option but is rarely required.
How long do the treatments take?
The treatment time can vary considerably depending on the size of the area treated, and the particular technique used. A small area such as the upper lip may take only five minutes, while a larger area like the back or legs may take up to 45 minutes. Since the laser affects only those hairs in the growing stage, and not all hairs will be in this stage at the same time, several treatments will most likely be needed to effectively remove all the hair from one area. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled at least one month apart. By this time you will probably begin to notice the re-growth of hairs that were previously in the resting stage.
How many treatments are required?
Although the FDA has approved several types of laser for permanent hair reduction, results can vary. An individual’s metabolism, hormonal level, hair quality and number of hair follicles can all affect the outcome.
Moreover, normal hair goes through a growth cycle in three stages: the anagen, or growing phase; the telogen, or resting phase; and the catagen, or transitional phase. During the anagen phase, hair is susceptible to the laser’s energy, but during the telogen and catagen phases, it is resistant.
At any one time, various percentages of body hair will be in each of these phases, making complete removal unlikely without multiple sessions.
Typically five or six treatments are necessary to achieve the desired result.
Rosacea or “adult acne” is a chronic, progressive condition of the central face involving the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Over 13 million Americans, including President Clinton, suffer from the condition. If left untreated, Rosacea tends to worsen over time.
For those who have been diagnosed with Rosacea there is treatment available to help reduce the redness and flushing that takes place on the cheeks and nose. Lasers today are capable of treating:
- Dilated blood vessels
- Persistent redness
- Thickening skin on nose and cheeks (also known as rhinophyma)
The pulsed dye laser (PDL) has been used for years to treat the flushing and visible blood vessels of rosacea. After just one treatment, most patients will find significant improvement. With two treatments, redness can be decreased by 50%. Patients also reported reductions in flushing, itching, dry skin, burning, swelling, and sensitivity. Patients state that they have significantly improved their quality of life.
4 treatments once a week, Then 2 treatments biweekly, then 1 treatment monthly for maintenance
Laser treatment is generally very effective at removing age spots, liver spots, sunspots and brown spots on the skin. It is the treatment of choice for these pigmented lesions. Lasers work by emitting a beam of specialized light that is passed through the skin and preferentially absorbed by only the pigmented cells in the skin. The laser causes the pigments to break up and disappear, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. There are several lasers available that work remarkably well in treating unwanted pigmentation.
Do Laser Treatments for spot removal hurt?
Most patients describe the sensation to feel like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the laser pulses are delivered to the skin. Following treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
How many Treatments will I need?
Typically only one, two or more treatment sessions are all that are necessary to completely remove the spots depending on how many there are and on which area of the body. Occasionally, darker and larger lesions may require additional treatment to obtain optimal results.
How long do Treatments take?
Depending on the number, size, and location of the pigmented spots, the laser treatment sessions usually take only a few minutes.
Will the spots return after treatment?
Not usually. In general, we find that laser removal of age spots is permanent, however people do sometimes see new spots appear as they go back out into the sun. These are new spots forming as a result of age spots, not a recurrence of the old, removed spots. Optimal results can be maintained only if you apply sunscreen diligently on the treated area and avoid future sun exposure.
Are these Treatments safe?
Yes. Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely on millions of patients of all ages worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted lesions (spots), leaving the surrounding tissue intact. There are many benefits to laser surgery including little if any pain, no need for injections or needles, and minimal bruising or swelling. The risk of scarring or discoloration is minimal.
How will I feel after my Laser Treatments?
Following laser treatment, there may be a little discoloration. After several days, a crust will form which will later fall off, usually within 7-14 days. Occasionally, some discoloration may persist for several months.
Laser technology offers a very effective means of treating spider veins. When a laser is applied to the skin, these blood cells become very hot and create a clotting effect, which collapses or closes the vein, while sparing the surrounding skin. The body will then slowly remove the collapsed veins during the natural healing process, and thus reduce the appearance of the spider veins.
1 treatment every 6 weeks – 4 treatments recommended