When you want to eliminate sun damage, brown spots, and facial veins, an IPL photofacial may be the perfect solution. Dr. Susan Hyun at Miracle Laser Medical Clinic has extensive experience eliminating facial discolorations with state-of-the-art IPL laser treatments. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call the office in Santa Clarita, California, or use the online booking feature.
IPL, which stands for intense pulsed light, is an advanced laser technology that offers two distinct advantages. First, it delivers light energy in short pulses, which gives it the ability to reach into deeper layers of your skin. And second, it uses many wavelengths at one time, which means it can treat multiple skin problems. By comparison, other lasers only emit one wavelength.
The wavelength used determines a laser’s therapeutic impact, because different pigments absorb specific wavelengths. Dr. Hyun can customize your IPL treatment using special filters to determine which wavelengths are used.
Photofacials use IPL to target sun damage and other skin discolorations. Dr. Hyun may recommend IPL to treat:
When the targeted discoloration absorbs the laser’s energy, it’s heated while the surrounding tissues remain unharmed. Dr. Hyun heats the problem area until it reaches a temperature that makes the pigmented tissues break down. Then your body naturally clears away the waste, and the discoloration is eliminated.
In addition to treating hyperpigmentation, IPL can also improve your skin’s strength and texture. These results are achieved when the IPL reaches deep below your skin, where its heat stimulates collagen production.
As you shed the outer layer of your skin, it’s gradually replaced with collagen-rich skin that’s stronger, more resilient, and has a better texture. The new skin growth may also soften the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Your session may last 30-90 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Most patients tolerate the procedure well, but Dr. Hyun may apply a numbing cream to ensure your comfort. After your IPL treatment, you may have some slight redness, but you can return to your daily routine.
Within a few days, the treated areas may temporarily turn darker or crust over, but that should clear up within about 10 days. When your body finishes clearing away the waste, the problem is gone for good. Collagen production takes a little time, so stronger skin appears gradually over the course of a few months.