Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL therapy, has become much more popular in recent years as a means to minimize the appearance of certain facial skin problems. These include fine wrinkles and crow’s feet, freckles, age spots, and otherwise sun-damaged skin. The treatment is similar to laser skin resurfacing, but there’s one major difference. Unlike laser resurfacing, IPL therapy doesn’t affect the epidermis. Instead, the energy is delivered to the lower dermal layers and kickstarts a rejuvenation process. We serve the entire Miami and Dade County area, and we will be more than happy to discuss your concerns about skin revitalization. You don’t have to look older than you really are. You can boost your self-confidence as a result of this skin-smoothing, anti-aging IPL treatment.
Is This a Photofacial Treatment?
Yes! A photofacial is just another name for IPL therapy. Photofacial literally means light energy facial treatment. The energy is intense, but the pulses are very short. The light energy doesn’t harm the epidermis, but it does affect the lower dermal layers. Basically, IPL treatments shrink collagen and affect the tissues of the lower dermal layers. The body responds by increasing collagen production and creating new cells to replace damaged ones. Dark spots such as freckles and injury scars become less noticeable because the skin is healthier and also because the cells that make up those dark spots are being discarded.
Dark Spots and Chromophores
Chromophores are cells that are readily light-absorbent. That’s why they appear dark in the first place. They don’t reflect much light. It’s the same with the cone cells in your retinas. Some are more apt to absorb blue light, others more likely to absorb green light, and so on.
When the IPL device is properly calibrated, it will deliver a rapid pulse of many wavelengths. These light waves interact with each other, and the result is a precisely targeted frequency. The frequency is such that the lighter epidermal skin won’t absorb it, so the light passes right on through to the darker tissues that lie beneath. Particularly sensitive to these wavelengths are darker spots such as injury scars and freckles.
The tissues absorb the energy and are partially damaged. The collagen shrinks, and this actually stimulates new collagen production. After a series of treatments, the skin is now more supple and taut, so wrinkles and lines are virtually gone.
Turn Back the Aging Clock
With IPL therapy, your skin can regain its glowing, youthful appearance. If you’re dealing with signs of aging in the Miami area, get in touch with us at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables to learn more about this treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Coral Gables!