IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. This popular treatment is also known as a photofacial or photorejuvenation. IPL sessions are great for people who want to correct pigmentation concerns and redness and even out their skin tone.
At Miami Skin and Vein, we offer IPL treatments using the multi-application elos Plus device. The manufacturer of this device calls their IPL treatment “SRA,” but the two terms mean the same thing.
If you have redness or brown pigmentation issues, IPL treatments are likely a great option for you! Call 786-618-5039 today to schedule your IPL session or consultation with Dr. Shaun Patel. We proudly help people from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and other nearby areas of Florida achieve beautiful, even skin.
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light treatments utilize a broad spectrum of multiple light wavelengths, whereas a laser delivers a single wavelength. When applied to your skin, safe and effective IPL technology can dramatically improve red and brown pigmentation problems. This treatment excels at surface color correction.
IPL can treat common skin issues like:
- Diffused redness
- Small red blood vessels known as telangiectasias
- Broken capillaries
- Age spots
- Sun spots and sun damage
How Does IPL Work?
When the light hits the skin, the red blood vessels interact with the light energy and absorb it. Then, the blood vessels close off. This process can dramatically improve the appearance of surface redness.
Treating Brown Spots
Melanin is the brown pigment in your skin. When the IPL treatment is aimed at brown spots, the melanin absorbs the energy. For the first few days after treatment, the spots appear darker as they come to the surface of the skin. Then, they crust and flake off.
Candidates for IPL Treatment
IPL treatments work best on light skin tones because there is a higher contrast between the pigmentation concerns and the rest of the complexion than with darker skin tones. IPL devices pick up on pigmentation differences, so they require a certain level of contrast.
Ideal candidates for IPL:
- Don’t have a tan
- Can avoid sun exposure before a treatment
- Won’t apply self-tan before a session
- Have a light skin tone (type 1-4)
- Don’t have a dark skin tone (type 5 or 6)
What to Expect From Your IPL Session
You will likely need 2-3 treatment sessions spaced one month apart. You may require fewer sessions if a more aggressive treatment setting is appropriate for your case. However, it’s generally safe to plan on three appointments.
The procedure is quick, and most treatments only last 20 to 30 minutes. Dr. Patel will not apply a topical numbing cream when you come in. That’s because those creams can make blood vessels shrink and prevent them from absorbing the beneficial light energy.
There is no downtime; you can walk out of the office right after your session. Immediately after the treatment, your skin may be slightly red and swollen. Thankfully, post-treatment irritation fades within a few hours.
It’s also normal to see square or grid marks on your face, which will fade within a week. You can apply makeup immediately after your IPL treatment to help cover these marks.
Do not pick at your skin, especially as it begins to flake. Most importantly, protect your skin from the sun. Your pigmentation issues will start to fade, revealing a more even, flawless skin tone.
Schedule Your IPL Treatment in Miami
Banish your top pigmentation issues with IPL. Call 786-618-5039 to schedule your consultation or treatment. At Miami Skin & Vein, we welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and other nearby areas of Florida.