A cosmetic dermatology treatment. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation is a procedure designed to enhance the texture and tone of aging and sun-damaged skin. The amount of benefits IPL photorejuvenation can provide is extensive; almost every single problem involving the appearance and structure of skin can benefit from this procedure.
The treatment does not cause much discomfort or downtime and is considered by experts to be a very cost-effective skin care treatment. Additionally, IPL photorejuvenation has the benefit of being non-ablative, meaning it can be used in tandem with other skin care procedures like laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion.
How It Works
An IPL photorejuvenation session begins with a succession of intense pulses of light penetrating deep into the layers of skin. The light will then be transformed into heat energy, and absorbed into the sun spots, dark spots, and blood vessels underneath the surface of the skin.
This process simulates the production of collagen in one’s skin, which slowly reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. In the weeks immediately after treatment, the skin will appear more evenly toned, pore size will be reduced, and there will be a significant reduction in the appearance of discoloration, age spots, acne, broken blood vessels, fine lines, redness, and wrinkles.
IPL photorejuvenation has the unique distinction of being one of the few cosmetic dermatology procedures that is noninvasive and highly effective. One of the outstanding benefits of receiving IPL treatment is that recovery time is rapid and there is virtually no discomfort.
The treatment will not harm the outer layers of skin, which means less pain during treatment, and lowered chances of experiencing side effects and little to no downtime after treatment. As such, patients do not need to worry about this treatment negatively impacting their personal lives afterwards, and can continue on their usual routine.
A concerning factor regarding IPL treatment that often comes up is its price. When selecting a cosmetic dermatology treatment, IPL rejuvenation ought to be high up on the list as one of the most cost-effective skin care procedure available. That isn’t to say that it’s cheap, only cheap compared to other laser treatments; it can still cost upwards of $500-600 per session.
Physicians typically recommend patients receive multiple IPL treatments for the best results. This means that, if one wishes to receive multiple treatments, perhaps a package deal could be negotiated at a lower cost. IPL is well-renowned because it can create long-lasting results comparable to costlier laser treatments at significantly reduced prices.
Interaction With Other Treatments
In few cases, some cosmetic dermatology procedures are necessary to treat severe skin imperfections. A very convincing advantage of IPL photorejuvenation is that it can be safely used with other skin care treatments that treat the outer layers of skin. IPL can even mimic the process which causes the body to produce more collagen, which can increase the recovery time after receiving more invasive skin treatments.
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