Skin lesions vary according to their cause. Some types of pigmented lesions such as moles, melanomas, and even freckles can be treated using concentrated light energy. Intense pulsed light therapy, abbreviated as IPL therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that causes the darkened patches to absorb energy. The discoloration heats up, and some of the tissue is safely destroyed. This procedure is an alternative to more invasive surgery. Surgery can leave scars, the result being a completely new discoloration patch. We highly recommend IPL therapy for those who are concerned about pigmented lesions on the face and elsewhere. It’s non-invasive, doesn’t leave scars, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Pigmented Lesions and Their Tissue Makeup
Most discolorations of this type have a high concentration of melanin in the tissue. The tissue may be bumpy and rise above the surrounding skin level. Some lesions are superficial and don’t even penetrate down beneath the skin layers. Because the dark patches are absorbing most visible wavelengths of light, concentrated beams of broadband-frequency light will be absorbed by the tissue, leaving the adjacent skin and subcutaneous tissues unaffected.
How IPL Therapy Works
The device used is a handheld instrument that produces intense light beams. The practitioner can calibrate the instrument to produce only certain wavelengths. This means that a customized treatment can be designed for any individual regardless of skin tone and the thickness of the lesion.
When we consult with our client, we make note of the tone and thickness of the lesion as well as how deep it penetrates beneath the skin. This allows us to calibrate the IPL device for maximum effect.
During this treatment, the pigmented lesion is slightly cauterized, and the damaged tissue will soon be replaced by newer, healthier skin. Normally, we schedule a series of treatment sessions, spaced apart by a set amount of time.
Advantages of IPL Therapy
Since the treatment stimulates a natural healing response by the body, the new tissue will likely contain a higher concentration of collagen. This means the new skin surface will be suppler and more evenly toned.
No surgery is involved, so there’s no need to worry about scarring. The darker tissue that is targeted by the IPL instrument absorbs the energy with ease, but the surrounding tissues aren’t affected. The results aren’t immediate, but in the months following the treatments, the pigmented lesions are far less visible, and the results are very long-lasting.
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Our team at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables would like to consult with you if you’re interested in how IPL therapy can help diminish the appearance of pigmented lesions. Contact us today to set up a personal consultation with our skin specialist in Coral Gables.