Living in the high altitude here in Boulder can take a toll on your skin. From sun spots and blemishes to rosacea and varicose veins, you may be considering laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment options to help clear your skin and improve its overall appearance. But what exactly are these treatments, and how do they work? Contact K2 Dermatology Clinic today and read on to learn more!
What Are Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments?
What Is IPL?
IPL is a non-surgical procedure that involves using pulsating light to target skin conditions like sunspots and age spots caused by excess melanin in the skin. This is similar to laser treatments, but they work based on different principles. IPL uses multiple wavelengths of light to treat several skin conditions at once, unlike laser treatments that are hyperfocused and more precise.
What Are the Benefits?
Smooth skin IPL treatments are generally less invasive than laser treatments and can help even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne scars, and clear up visible blood vessels.
How Does It Work?
During IPL face treatments, laser light is passed through a handheld device that emits multiple wavelengths of pulsing light. This light penetrates into the skin, where it is converted to heat and used to target excess melanin in the skin, which can cause sunspots and blemishes.
What Are the Side Effects?
While IPL skin rejuvenation is a relatively safe and non-invasive treatment option. However, tanning, waxing, or skin mask treatments in the area to be treated should be avoided before the treatment because they can mislead the light and cause unwanted results.