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IPLThe summer is over and maybe you have a bronze tan to show for it. You also have sun damage to show, even if you can’t see it yet. Sun damage effects the very quality of your skin. We often see people come in with spots, growths, roughness, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dullness and more, all signs of chronic sun damage. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s cumulative, taking anywhere from 5-30 years for these changes to show up on your skin. So even if you recently have gotten wise about how to properly protect your skin from the sun, the damage started in childhood. And the impact shows on your skin as you age.  

Young and healthy skin looks smooth, has good elasticity and reflects light well giving it a glowing luminosity. We’ve all seen people with beautiful, radiant skin and admired it. You can have that kind of skin again with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sun Damage Treatment, offered at 20% off through the end of 2013!

What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photorejuvenation?

IPL photorejuvenation is a light treatment that improves age spots, brown spots, discoloration, redness, broken blood vessels, freckles, fine wrinkling and rosacea. During an in-office treatment, pulses of specific wavelengths of light are given to the skin to improve these problems. The light is selectively absorbed by the "target" melanin (brown discoloration) and hemoglobin (in blood vessels). The target heats up and is destroyed while surrounding skin is unaffected, allowing selective removal of brown and red discolorations and abnormal blood vessels. The procedure is safe enough that sun damaged areas on the neck, chest, arms and backs of the hands can also be treated.

How is IPL Rosacea Treatment Different?

Rosacea causes the small blood vessels in the face and neck to appear red and be reactive, leading to easy flushing and blushing. Veins become enlarged and break easily. IPL rosacea light treatment targets and treats small blood vessels that are abnormally reactive, thereby reducing sensitivity, leaving your skin more evenly toned and less red.

What is IPL/PDT?

PDT stands for Photodynamic Therapy. IPL/PDT is IPL treatment but with the addition of a medication applied before treatment. We use IPL/PDT under several distinct situations, most commonly to treat pre-malignant sun damage. We recommend IPL/PDT when sun damage changes are more pronounced, with pre-cancerous Actinic Keratosis (AK's) and as an alternative to liquid nitrogen freezing of individual areas.

Photodynamic therapy can also improve benign oil gland growths, called sebaceous hyperplasia, that appear as little yellow-orange growths on the skin. A person’s face, chest, arms and hands may be treated with IPL/PDT.

IPL Photorejuvenation Up Close

·         Timing - 1-5 treatments scheduled at 4 week intervals for best results. Most patients show improvement starting with the first treatment.

·         Discomfort - A surface anesthetic is used.

·         Results - Starting in 5 days on the face, 3 weeks on the neck, chest, arms or hands.

·         Permanence - Many of the results are permanent if the skin is sun protected. However, new areas may develop with sun exposure.

·         Downtime – Little to none.

·         Side effects - Brown spots darken and peel off in 5 days on the face, 3 weeks on other areas. Redness for a couple of days and occasionally bruising may follow treatment. Rarely crusting, blistering, or scabbing occurs. Uncommonly the treated area can turn darker or lighter than surrounding skin and may take several months to fade or rarely be permanent.

Some Specifics About IPL/PDT Photorejuvenation

·         Timing - 1-3 treatments, spread at least 4-6 weeks apart.

·         Discomfort - Numbing cream is used and oral pain and/or anxiety medication can be prescribed, if desired.

·         Results - 1-2 weeks on face, 3-6 weeks on other areas.

·         Permanence – Much of the results are permanent but new areas may develop over time from past sun exposure.

·         Downtime - Mild to moderate burning or stinging, which can last up to 72 hours, swelling, redness, and tightness for several days.

·         Side effects - Flaking, crusting or blisters may occur, usually healing in 5-7 days. You will be sensitive to all forms of light, including sunlight, sunlight through car windows, and indoor light for 72 hours after treatment.

Studies have shown that people's impressions of the age of another person are primarily determined by the absence of spots, growths and the presence of luminosity. In other words, a person who has spots and growths but minimal wrinkles looks older than a person with few spots and more wrinkles. That’s why we consider IPL and IPL/IDT treatments the opportunity "clear the canvas and start over." Check out before and after photos of real results with IPL photorejuvenation. Then get your fresh start and a 20% savings as well. To get started, contact us at 806-358-1117. 

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