The power of IPL photo facial rejuvenation treatment in San Mateo, CA for many signs of sun damage, aging
We’re fortunate to live in the “Sun Belt.” Sunnier days tend to produce “sunnier” moods, possibly because of the ability to comfortably enjoy all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer! However, as dermatologists, Drs Bruce Maltz, Carie Chui, and Meghan Hession know that ultraviolet light from the sun’s rays can be destructive without proper precautions. At Allura Skin & Laser Center, we see every day the cosmetic and health consequences of unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays. Yet, light can also be harnessed for good. The Allura team offers IPL Photo Facial Rejuvenation Treatment at the San Mateo, CA office, a proud affiliate of the Golden State Dermatology network.
About IPL treatment
“IPL” stands for “Intense Pulsed Light.” It is a type of photo facial rejuvenation, with “photo” a reference to “light.” IPL has a therapeutic effect on the conditions that are caused by UV light; for instance, signs of sun damage that can prematurely age us, and threaten our overall health and wellbeing.
IPL is different from other light-based treatments, such as lasers, in that it delivers several wavelengths of light that are diffused or scattered in all directions – similarly, to how a flashlight is used to illuminate a broad area for enhanced visibility in the darkness. Laser devices largely emit a single beam of light of one “color” or a single wavelength. The beam of therapeutic light is concentrated to precisely target a small zone of skin – similarly, to how a laser pointer is used to isolate a specific part of a slide during a presentation.
The unique nature and characteristics of Intense Pulsed Light allow many Allura Skin & Laser Center patients to enjoy a no-hassle treatment experience, and brilliant results. Consider that:
- Since the IPL device delivers diffused light that is spread out, it is considered to a gentle alternative to other light- or laser-based therapies.
- Gentle treatment is combined with powerful capabilities; as its name suggests, IPL produces “intense” light. So, the device (when in our skilled clinician’s hands), safely and effectively treats a wide range of conditions on the face and
- IPL is associated with fewer risk than ablative lasers that heat the underlying skin and remove the outermost tissue. As a “non-ablative” device, IPL is directed toward specific skin-related concerns but doesn’t affect tissues outside of the treatment zone.
- In turn, IPL is well-tolerated by most patients, who often describe only a slight and fleeting stinging sensation during treatment. Typically, no more than built-in cooling is required to stay comfortable. That means the need for anesthetic or pain meds is eliminated. Likewise, side effects are generally limited to swelling and redness that usually resolves within a couple of days post-treatment.
- Unlike less powerful noninvasive therapies, you don’t need a series of several sessions to get the results that you want! Many patients achieve healthier and more radiant skin in around two to four treatment sessions, spaced several weeks apart. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, IPL sessions can be completed over your lunch hour.
If you have sun damage, such as “age spots” or hyperpigmentation, freckles, broken capillaries, lines and wrinkles, big pores, and a dry, weathered texture, IPL may be the appropriate treatment for you. This photo facial rejuvenation can also improve the appearance of rosacea and acne flare-ups, as well as scarring and spider veins. Call (650) 727-6008 to schedule your appointment at Allura Skin & Laser Center in San Mateo, CA.Back to Intensed Pulse Light IPL Page