Have you tried multiple treatments for acne, age spots and other skin conditions but noticed no improvement? In some cases, using topical medications may have irritated your skin or worsened your condition. Intense pulsed laser (IPL) offers an effective, medication-free way to treat many of these common skin issues. Our Monroe, NC, doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor, explains how you can benefit from IPL treatments.
What conditions does IPL treat?
IPL is an effective treatment for many conditions, including:
- Spider veins
- Broken capillaries
- Age spots and other dark spots
- Hair removal
- Skin tightening
How does IPL work?
IPL uses multiple light wavelengths to precisely target problem areas. If you have rosacea or spider veins, the heat from the laser targets the red blood cells in your blood vessels. The vessels break apart and are absorbed by your body, eliminating the redness. The laser also breaks up melanin, the pigment that causes age spots and shrinks oil glands responsible for acne outbreaks. When IPL is used for hair removal, it damages the hair follicles and prevents new hairs from growing.
What happens during a treatment session?
When you visit our Monroe office for IPL treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned before your treatment. In some cases, hair may be shaved from the treatment site. A cool gel will be applied to your skin to prevent irritation, then a small handheld device will be used to send pulses of light to targeted areas. Treatment usually takes about a half hour, but may take longer depending on how many areas are being treated.
Does IPL treatment hurt?
You may feel a slight warmth when the laser is applied, although the stream of cool air directed at your skin will help reduce the sensation. Some people also report a mild stinging sensation during treatment. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately. Your skin may be a little red and sensitive at first, but these issues will probably only last a few days.
Does intense pulsed laser treatment sound like the ideal solution for you? Call Dr. Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC at (704) 225-0211 to schedule an appointment.