Light therapy is becoming more and more popular as a skin rejuvenation treatment. The use of light energy to stimulate collagen production is considered one of the safest, most effective means to turn back the clock and take years off your appearance. If you have tried other skin treatments, such as dermabrasion and filler injections, and these procedures have not yielded the desired results, consider intense pulsed light treatments.
Also called IPL therapy, this treatment involves sessions of skin exposure to multi-wavelength light. It even minimizes the appearance of superficial dark spots, and as collagen production increases, non-set wrinkles begin to smooth out. IPL therapy can help give your face a more youthful appearance.
Problems with Aging Skin
As we enter our mature adult years, our bodies don’t produce as much collagen as when we were younger. The skin becomes more and more brittle, and the skin also holds less moisture. Along with the effects of sun exposure and airborne pollutants, this is what causes skin to appear discolored and full of tiny wrinkles, smile lines and crow’s feet.
Simply moisturizing the skin won’t get rid of those annoying wrinkles. The best treatment is collagen induction therapy. We feel that IPL therapy is one of the most effective ways to stimulate collagen production. This treatment is especially good for those who are suffering from small wrinkles, lines and folds near the mouth, around the eyes and on the forehead.
How IPL Therapy Stimulates Collagen Production
Intense pulsed light therapy makes use of an instrument capable of producing a wide range of focused wavelengths. Certain wavelengths will pass right through lightly toned tissue and are absorbed by material that is darker and denser. This is why IPL therapy can be used on the lower dermal tissues; the waves pass right through the epidermis without damaging it.
The light is absorbed by the lower dermal layers and the supporting tissues that lie beneath. The tissues heat up slightly, and this is what stimulates collagen production. The light is pulsed rapidly, and each pulse lasts for only a few milliseconds.
A typical IPL treatment session lasts about 45 minutes. The patient senses the heat absorption but doesn’t feel much discomfort. Normally, multiple treatments are scheduled over the course of a month.
Advantages of IPL Therapy
Since the instrument used can be calibrated to produce light beams of only certain wavelengths, the therapy is suitable for most skin tones. This is something that limits who can receive other treatments, such as acid peels and dermabrasions. These treatments often bleach the skin or cause other discolorations. Filler injections can leave the skin bumpy and uneven.
On the other hand, IPL therapy does not involve the use of chemicals or abrasive crystals. The body will continue to produce collagen at an accelerated rate even after the IPL treatments are complete, so the results are long-lasting.
Are You a Candidate for IPL Therapy?
To learn if IPL therapy can help combat your aging skin, schedule an appointment at Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton. We highly recommend this type of skin rejuvenation procedure for adults suffering from wrinkled, discolored or brittle skin. Our office happily serves the Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Contact us today to book your consultation.