What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses filtered, non-coherent light which is able to destroy pigment cells, blood filled capillaries, and hair roots. It is popularly known as the “photofacial”. It is a gentle yet effective treatment for improvement of pigmentation, fine blood vessels( telangiectasia) and overall improvement of skin tone. It can also help to reduce acne and reduce pore size. At W skin and laser clinic, we use Cutera’s Limelight.
What areas can be treated?
The LimeLight Facial is ideal for any part of your face, neck and décolleté with skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. Light (low contrast) brown spots, which were previously difficult to resolve, respond very well to treatment.
What do treatments feel like?
When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation.
How many treatments will I need?
One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sundamaged skin.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness.
When will I see results?
Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.