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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an anti-aging, laser therapy treatment that offers the added benefit of no downtime. It is an effective treatment for broken capillaries and spider veins, as well as redness/rosacea, sun spots and scars.
Using a specific wavelength of light, IPL/Photofacial delivers a precise amount of light deep within the skin through a series of gentle pulses. The light can be directed at specific spots of concern and many patients can expect improvement of an acne spot within 24 hours.
The light also increases the production of collagen and is absorbed by discolored pigment in the skin. The discoloration, if you have it, is broken into particles that are either removed by the body’s natural immune system or sloughed off the surface of the skin.
During the 15- to 30-minute treatment, expect a bright light followed by a mild and temporary stinging sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Pigmented spots will darken and eventually flake off, however, they will not be noticeable nor should they affect your work or social schedule. Patients with no brown, red or dark pigmented spots will not experience this type of flaking.
While most superficial spider veins on the face require 1-2 treatments, ultimately the number and length of treatments required will depend on the size, location and depth of the veins needing treatment. Dr. Clinton or her staff will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Use cold compresses as needed for comfort. See complete treatment instructions.