Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in Seattle, WA
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About Skin Revitalization Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Uneven skin tone is a common aesthetic problem we all notice as we age especially if we have an active lifestyle out in the sun. After years of unprotected sun exposure you will notice brown spots, freckles and sun spots. You may also notice unwanted vessels around your nose or rosacea on your cheeks. These common concerns can now be removed and you can reveal your glowing complexion with skin revitalization.
Skin revitalization is ideal for reducing the appearance of pigment on your face, chest or hands including age spots, sun damage, freckles or birthmarks. It is also the perfect solution for unwanted vessels on your face including spider veins, broken vessels or rosacea (redness/flushing of the cheeks). In just a few quick treatment sessions you will see a reduction in the appearance of brown spots and vessels leaving you with a more even skin tone and beautiful looking skin.
How It Works
IconTM utilizes optimized pulsed light technology which, unlike lasers, uses many wavelengths of light with special filters that deliver the best wavelengths to treat specific aesthetic conditions. As the handpiece glides over the area being treated, specialized pulses of light are delivered into your skin to target brown spots, sun-damage and vessels without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Once these targets absorb the energy they are destroyed and will slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process. You will see your brown spots turn darker in color and flake off over the next few weeks. You may also see an immediate improvement in your vessels with a continued clearance over the next few weeks.
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What to Expect on the Day of Treatment
Before the optimized pulsed light handpiece is used, a gel is applied to your skin where you will receive treatment. You will also be provided eye shields to protect yourself from the light during treatment. The treatment will begin with the provider guiding the IconTM handpiece over the treatment area. You will feel cooling while the handpiece is gliding over the treatment area to provide a comfortable session. You may also feel a slight rubber-band like snapping when the energy is being delivered into your skin which disappears almost immediately however, a warm sensation after the treatment is common.
Depending on the size of the area, treatments can take just minutes.
After the treatment, the gel will be removed and a cooling mask may be applied to your skin. Bandages and ointments are not necessary due to the nature of the treatments being so minimally invasive. For a few days after your treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn but can resume your normal day to day activities immediately following treatment.
If you are a laser skin revitalization patient, please be aware of the following:
- During your consultation, inform your treatment provider of all medications you take to avoid the risk of photosensitization.
- Remove all make-up and lotions prior to the treatment.
- At least 4weeks prior to your appointment, discontinue unprotected sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment.
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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) FAQs
How quick are the results from IPL?
Some results can be seen after each session, but the best results develop around one month after your last treatment. It’s normal for patients to see different responses following every session. You will see gradual improvements of blotchiness, redness, sunspots, and age spots over time.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL treatment are asked to skip sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks before their treatment. You should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova a few days before your procedure, and you may want to start taking ibuprofen or aspirin 5 – 7 days before your procedure to reduce inflammation and lower your chance of bruising. You should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
We recommend getting a series of IPL to produce gradual, natural-looking improvements to your complexion. Each session will diminish spots and other surface irregularities. Several sessions also produce longer-lasting improvements.