Age spots, freckles and moles on the face, chest, arms and hands are dead giveaways of our age and the amount of sun exposure we have had in the past. For many, these signs of premature aging are prominent, bothersome and can be unsightly. Laser treatments like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and PicoSure are simple and safe solutions to treat hyperpigmentation with little to no downtime.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Photorejuvenation through the use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is another simple way to refresh your skin. IPL treats age spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage by using an optimized light device to deliver energy to your skin. This energy is selectively absorbed by the unwanted pigment and then cleared away by your body. It is the gold standard in non-surgical approaches to treating unwanted pigment without harming your surrounding skin.
IPL works on a variety of skin types, but it’s always best to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for treatment with your plastic surgeon. Within a few IPL treatment sessions, you can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of unwanted skin pigment and a more even skin tone.
Each IPL treatment can be performed in as little as a few minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. Discomfort is typically minimal. Following an IPL treatment most patients will resume activities immediately. However, one should expect the treated pigment to temporarily darken and then slough away to reveal clear, more uniform looking skin.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we utilize world class Cynosure photorejuvenation equipment.
If you feel as though you might benefit from photorejuvenation with IPL, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault at our convenient Palo Alto location.