IPL Photo Facial
Photorejuvenation [Photo = Light; Rejuvenation = to make young again] is the process of improving the skin color and texture through the use of light energy. Rejuvenation of the skin has been accomplished for many decades through chemical peeling, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion. Improvement in skin color and texture without damaging or removing the epidermis, is referred to as non-ablative rejuvenation. The IPL (intense pulsed light) is a novel light source used for non-ablative photorejuvenation of the face, neck, chest, forearms and hands. The light produced by the IPL consists of visible and infrared wavelengths. It does not emit any ultraviolet rays or other harmful rays.
What does IPL improve?
IPL attempts to promote a more even complexion. In particular, it attempts to improve dark patches – known as hyperpigmentation – and dilated ‘broken’ capillaries and persistent redness – known as erythema. Hyperpigmentation may appear as diffuse darkening of the skin or it may be more localized – in patches of varying sizes. These patches may include – what are commonly referred to as – freckles, age spots, sun spots, and liver spots. Both hyperpigmentation and erythema develop as a consequence of years of sun exposure and may also appear as a result of some inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea.
As a later appearing benefit, i.e., often months after treatment, improvement may occur in skin texture, i.e., fine lines, because of the IPL’s potential to stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis.
How is treatment performed?
Treatment involves focusing intense pulsed light (IPL) into the skin. The beam of light is relatively large although multiple pulses must be administered to cover the area that is being treated. There is a stinging sensation with each pulse of light but there is minimal, if any, discomfort once treatment is finished. Treatment takes about 20 minutes for the entire face.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately after treatment your skin may be pink and slightly swollen for a few hours or longer. All usual skin care products can be continued and you may resume all normal activities after treatment.
After treatment with the IPL, improvement in skin color – and sometimes texture – occurs in stages: Improvement in skin color can be observed within weeks while changes in texture may not become apparent until months after a series of treatments.
How many treatments are necessary and how often are they performed?
You will often see improvement after the first treatment, although a series of 3-5 treatments is recommended.
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Dr. David Green, M.D.
Dr. David Green is a Board certified Dermatologist in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Green specializes in Dermatology, Dermatologic Cosmetic and Laser Surgery and the treatment of Varicose Veins and vascular disorders.
He is Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. He treats patients from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and throughout the Mid Atlantic region.
Dr. David Green proudly offers services in his Bethesda, Maryland office.
4800 Montgomery Ln.,
Bethesda, MD 20814
OUR OFFICE IS COMPLIANT WITH THE CURRENT MARYLAND REGULATIONS INCLUDING:
10.32.09: Delegation and Assignment of Performance of Cosmetic Medical Procedures and Use of Cosmetic Medical Devices. This is a Maryland safety regulation that governs who can legally perform medical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Green administers all injectable treatments (including Botox™, Juvederm™, Voluma™, Kyblella™, and other fillers & Sclerotherapy) and laser treatments.