As you move through life, acne, injuries, and weight changes can create noticeable scars and stretch marks on your skin. In addition to these blemishes, you might develop pigmentation issues, lines, and wrinkles as you enter your thirties and forties. Receiving IPL treatments from the experts at ReviveMD Center in Glen Allen, Virginia is a fantastic way to diminish these issues and achieve a vibrant, glowing complexion.
What Does IPL Do for Your Skin?
Intense pulsed light, also known as IPL, is a special type of light energy. We use this energy to treat a number of frustrating skin conditions. During your appointment, we will use a light source to send this energy into your skin. The light that enters your skin will be customized to address your individual cosmetic issues and objectives. To achieve this goal, we will use specialized techniques to filter out some of the wavelengths that this light source emits.
Improving Wrinkles and Lines
This light therapy can correct your fine lines and wrinkles. During your appointment, we will use light to create very small injuries in your tissues. As your body heals these tiny wounds, the number of collagen fibers in your tissues will slowly increase. Collagen is a protein that gives structure to your skin, tendons, bones, and other parts of your body.
When the amount of collagen in your tissues increases, your skin will become softer and smoother. This process will also diminish the visibility of your wrinkles and lines.
If you have experienced frequent acne breakouts in the past, you might have noticeable scars on your face and other areas of your body. Further, scrapes, cuts, and other injuries can leave prominent scars on your skin. Raised scars can develop when your skin promotes too much collagen as it heals your pimples or other injuries. In contrast, a pitted acne scar will form when your skin does not create enough collagen.
IPL therapy can be used to minimize these scars and give you smooth, even skin. During your treatment, we will use light energy to remove excessive collagen that is contained in your raised scars. This treatment will also encourage your body to make additional collagen in areas where you have pitted acne scars.
Correcting Spider and Varicose Veins
Spider and varicose veins are damaged blood vessels that can no longer move your blood in a quick, efficient manner. As these veins lose functionality, excess blood pools inside these vessels and causes them to increase in size. As these veins become larger, they will become increasingly noticeable and visible. Further, larger varicose veins can sometimes cause physical discomfort.
Intense pulsed light therapy can be used to remove these damaged blood vessels from your body. The hemoglobin in your veins will absorb the energy that our IPL device emits. This energy will quickly and safely collapse your damaged veins. After these veins collapse, your body will gradually absorb these damaged blood vessels.
Addressing Irregular Pigmentation
In addition to eliminating your damaged veins, we can use IPL treatments to fix rosacea, age spots, and other areas of irregular pigmentation on your skin. This type of treatment is called photorejuvenation because your treatments will make your skin look youthful and healthy.
During a photorejuvenation treatment, we will use an IPL device to send beams of light into your skin. These beams will enter your tissues and break up the melanin and hemoglobin that is contained in your sunspots, age spots, and other areas of hyperpigmentation. After the light energy has broken up your age spots or sunspots, your body will absorb the small particles and use natural methods to eliminate them from your skin.
Removing Unwanted Hair
It’s normal to have unwanted hair on your legs, arms, and other areas of your body. Fortunately, you don’t have to waste your time and energy shaving, waxing, or using other at-home methods to remove your unwanted hair. During an IPL treatment, we will treat this issue by sending pulses of light into your hair follicles.
As this light energy heats up your follicles, they will become damaged, and your unwanted hairs will not regrow. Since these pulses of light will affect a large area of your body, we can quickly remove your unwanted hairs. Further, this is a non-invasive hair removal option that will not cause you to experience discomfort. Instead, you might notice a soft snapping sensation as the light energy reaches your skin.
Diminishing Stretch Marks
Stretch marks develop when your skin expands very quickly. These marks can also appear when you have excessive cortisone that decreases the elasticity of your skin. It’s common to develop stretch marks when you go through pregnancy, quickly gain a large amount of weight, or experience a growth spurt. Although these marks are common, they can make you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your skin.
IPL light diminishes the prominence of your stretch marks by improving the number of collagen fibers in your skin. As these fibers strengthen the structure of your skin, your stretch marks will fade and become less visible.
Pimples that appear on your face, back, and other areas of your body can be very uncomfortable and annoying. Though we associate breakouts with our teenage years, if you have oily skin, you might continue to experience periodic acne breakouts when you are an adult.
Bacteria that appear on the surface of your skin can increase your chances of developing pimples and other blemishes. This bacteria can enter your oil-producing glands and cause your acne to become inflamed. IPL treatments can fix this issue by using light beams to kill the bacteria on the top layer of your skin.
How Can I Prepare for My IPL Treatments?
Preparing your skin for your initial IPL treatments will ensure that you receive optimal benefits from each of your sessions. When you book your initial appointment, we will explain the steps that you should follow during the next several days.
For example, we might tell you not to tan your skin, wax, or get a chemical peel. In addition, we might tell you to avoid using skincare products that contain glycolic acid and other ingredients that could cause rashes or irritation in your treatment area. It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment at our office in Glen Allen, Virginia.
How Long Will This Treatment Take?
As you might expect, the duration of your appointment will depend on the size and number of areas that we are treating. However, it’s normal for us to take about twenty minutes to half an hour to send the light energy into your skin.
What Will This Cosmetic Treatment Be Like?
We will begin the treatment process by carefully cleaning your skin and by putting a gentle gel onto your target area. We will also give you protective eyewear to use during the next part of your treatment.
Once you have protected your eyes, we will use our IPL device to send carefully controlled bursts of light into your tissues. Once we turn off the device, we will clean the gel from your skin. At this point, you’ll be able to leave our office and continue with the rest of your day.
How Many Light Therapy Treatments Will I Need?
IPL treatments can be used to address a very broad range of skin issues and conditions. As a result, the length of your IPL therapy will be tailored to fit the type of skin problems that you want to correct. We may also adjust these treatments as we monitor your skin’s reaction to the light energy.
That said, you will probably experience more dramatic changes in your skin if you get a series of treatments. For example, if you are trying to correct wrinkles and sunspots, you will probably notice significant improvements in these issues after you get three or four treatments. To ensure that your body has enough time to heal after each session, we will usually wait about three or four weeks between each of your appointments.
Will My Skin Take a Long Time to Recover From IPL?
Our specialized IPL device transmits light beams that can change the structure of your deeper tissues without creating burns, cuts, or other injuries on the top layers of your skin. Further, we will use controlled bursts of light energy that are designed to treat your unique cosmetic concerns. As a result, IPL therapy is a very easy treatment, and you shouldn’t expect to have a long period of downtime after your appointment.
You’ll be able to put on makeup, sunscreen, and other skincare products once we’ve finished treating your skin. Next, you can drive yourself back to your home or workplace and resume your normal schedule.
When Will My Acne Scars, Wrinkles, and Other Skin Issues Improve?
You will see steady improvements in your acne scars, lines, and other cosmetic problems as you move through your treatment plan. For example, if you are using IPL therapy to improve rosacea, you will probably notice positive changes in your skin tone about two weeks after you get your initial treatment. Your rosacea will continue to decrease as you get additional IPL sessions.
How Can I Extend the Benefits of This Anti-Aging Treatment?
To help your skin stay healthy and smooth, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your lifestyle.
Spending too much time in the sun will cause you to develop lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. As a result, it’s very important to protect your skin from sunlight after you finish receiving your anti-aging treatments. To help you achieve this goal, we can suggest strong sunscreens that will allow you to enjoy sunlight without harming your skin.
Follow a Skincare Routine
In addition to avoiding excessive sunlight, you should adopt a skincare routine that is tailored to your skin type. For instance, SkinMedica produces a wide range of cosmetic products that can rejuvenate your skin. These products contain high-quality ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, collagen, and antioxidants. These products can reduce your age spots, correct discoloration, and decrease your chances of developing additional lines and wrinkles in the future.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Your body needs protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to achieve a glowing, radiant complexion. To keep your skin looking healthy and fresh, you should eat lots of fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of processed foods.
Transform Your Skin
IPL treatments are a wonderful way to reduce your acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and many other skin issues. These treatments use focused light energy to boost your collagen levels, break up scar tissue, and promote your body’s natural healing abilities. To learn more about the range of skin issues that IPL energy can correct, contact us at ReviveMD Center in Glen Allen, VA to set up an initial consultation.