Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a treatment method that uses concentrated beams of light for skin rejuvenation purposes. It can be used to help reduce the presence of lines and wrinkles. It can also help with the removal of unwanted sun spots on the skin. You can more easily understand how IPL therapy can benefit you by first considering how the conditions for which you are seeking treatment originally developed.
Lines and wrinkles are among the first signs of aging to show up on your face. They can form around the eyes by beginning at the edges and moving out from there. Many people refer to these small wrinkles as crow’s feet. The area around the mouth is another common place for wrinkles to form. They develop when the skin around the mouth and jowls starts to loosen. Some sagging is often noticeable as a result.
These signs of aging are caused by a loosening of the skin that can be attributed to a reduction in the amount of collagen that is present. Collagen is a substance that is produced in the skin for the purpose of keeping it firm, full and tight. It also helps tissue to stick together. Over time, your body will reduce the amount of the substance it produces regularly. This reduction means the skin will start to loosen. Wrinkles and sagging will necessarily form as a result.
Treatments like IPL therapy work by stimulating the skin to produce extra collagen in order to restore tightness and fullness. The intense pulses of light are directed onto the skin through a special wand that is passed across the surface above the areas to be treated. As the skin absorbs the energy, heat is produced in the deeper layers. In response to the heat, the dermis, or layer beneath the surface of the skin, will be stimulated to grow more collagen. It will do so over the course of the following months. At that point, the collagen will have increased to peak levels that are closer to what they were before age caused the production to diminish. With more collagen there, the skin will return to a level of tightness that is closer to what it once was.
IPL therapy can also be beneficial for individuals who have unwanted sun spots on their skin. These spots formed because melanin, which supplies pigment, began to concentrate in small patches as opposed to spreading out evenly through the skin. Overexposure to the sun over time will cause this. IPL therapy can help by causing the concentrated melanin to break up. As such, the spots will go away in the time following the treatment.
IPL therapy at Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton, NC may work for you if you are dealing with lines and wrinkles, age spots, acne issues and/or broken capillaries. If you are located in the Fayetteville or surrounding area and are interested in this treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!