Dermatologists have been using laser technology for decades to improve medical and cosmetic skin conditions while reversing the signs of aging. Though laser therapies have been successful in providing results, there is another technological advance in the field of dermatology that provides similar results to laser technology with less side effects and discomfort. Known as IPL (intense pulsed light), these “photofacials” can be used to target many skin conditions which often appear on the face and neck. Some common conditions that can be treated with IPL technology are:
- Spider veins
- Enlarged pores
- Broken capillaries
- Acne scarring
- Permanent hair removal
- Hyperpigmentation (including freckles, age spots, and sun spots)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
Another benefit of photofacials is the ability to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. Regenerated collagen can add volume and youthfulness to the face and neck while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles present on the skin.
IPL treatments use specialized light to target the very deep layers of the skin and underlying tissue. This tissue has a negative effect on the skin’s tone and texture, and the light administered with IPL can correct these issues. Unlike traditional laser therapies, IPL treatments are gentler and require less downtime than that associated with laser treatments and chemical peels. IPL treatments are highly appropriate for patients who are seeking effective results but have busy, active lifestyles which inhibit them from having traditional laser therapies done.
Photofacials with IPL take approximately 30 minutes. Most patients are relatively comfortable throughout their treatment, and experience mild redness after their IPL sessions. The results achieved with IPL treatments can be maintained with a proper skin care routine and protection from sun exposure.
Patients interested in IPL photofacial treatment are encouraged to visit Dr. Kenneth Neal for a consultation appointment and physical examination. New and existing patients can learn more about IPL and find out what can be expected of this specific therapy.
Are you interested in correcting problem skin with a less invasive treatment? If so, contact Washington Dermatology Consultants in Arlington to schedule your complimentary visit for a thorough skincare evaluation and educate yourself on the best treatments for your specific needs and desires. We have a team of caring, friendly dermatological professionals ready to assist you in enhancing your natural beauty.