As a licensed aesthetician, I’m often asked about the latest technologies available to deliver fast, safe and effective beauty results. When it comes to common concerns about facial skin — from unwanted hair to scars, fine lines and wrinkles — increasingly more providers are using Intense Pulsed Light to address these issues.
IPL is a safe and effective treatment option that is performed in a clinical office setting. With its nonsurgical approach and impressive results, IPL is swiftly gaining popularity among clients and providers alike.
So, how does it work? Light waves are selected for a client’s specific condition or concern, and target melanin in the skin. The light pulls the pigmentation up through the layers of the skin until it reaches the surface layer (stratum corneum) and crusts/flakes off. The light waves can also target hemoglobin in broken blood vessels to help lessen the appearance of rosacea and broken capillaries, as well as targeting the pigment in hair and destroying the follicle, allowing for hair removal. IPL uses multiple lengths of light rays at varying intensity, allowing it to treat more than one type of skin condition at a time.
With IPL, clients typically feel minimal discomfort during the procedure, and depending on the type of condition being treated, it may take only a few minutes. After just a few treatments, some clients are able to see noticeable results.
Depending on the type of condition you want to treat, a provider will be able to recommend if IPL service or another type of treatment is best for you. It’s important to note that these conditions are unique to the individual, so a treatment that works for one person might not work best for someone else.
If you’re interested in IPL, the first step is to schedule a consultation. In our office, patients are initially scheduled for a consultation and skin examination to determine if their concerns can be best addressed with IPL or a different treatment. At that time, we will be able to give an estimate as to how many treatments will be needed to achieve the desired results. We can also help address any questions or concerns you may have before beginning treatment. We will also discuss pretreatment and posttreatment instructions to optimize the likelihood of success.
If you are interested in learning more about the range of services offered at Mount Nittany Physician Group Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, please visit cosmetic.mountnittany.org. You can also sign up for our free e-newsletter, “Complements,” which has great information about looking and feeling your best.
Lashelle Kuhlman is a licensed aesthetician in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery at Mount Nittany Physician Group.