IPL Photorejuvenation Greater Baltimore Area
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IPL (intense pulsed light) devices use multiple wavelengths of light to treat aging, reddened, sun damaged and rosacea-affected skin. The multiple wavelengths of light penetrate to different layers of the skin, helping to lighten blotchy pigmentation, shrink blood vessels, and stimulate the natural production of collagen.
Here at the Maryland Dermatology Laser, Skin & Vein Institute, we have been working with IPL since 1995, and have helped to develop many of the devices in use today. We have several different IPL devices available to better ‘personalize’ each treatment according to the particular condition and the patient’s tolerance for down-time. Each IPL device has a built-in cooling mechanism that greatly reduces the amount of heat felt with each pulse, offering improved comfort during the treatment.
Large areas of skin such as the entire face, neck, chest, and arms can be treated. Although generally well tolerated, these treatments can sometimes leave the skin pink and slightly puffy, with the possibility of bruising. Freckles typically turn darker immediately following treatment, but will then peel off within a few days. Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment, so there could be little or no evidence that a treatment was even performed. Sometimes the skin will be a bit blotchy after the first treatment; it is important to plan on at least three treatments for optimal results. The use of sunscreen is always very important, but especially after an IPL treatment. The skin will be very sun-sensitive for several weeks after each treatment so it is important to protect your skin.
IPL is an in-office treatment performed by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or registered nurse. A treatment program typically includes four to six sessions of about 30 minutes each, performed at approximately 4 week intervals. Maintenance treatments are typically needed approximately once a year for sun damage, and more often to control rosacea.