IPL treatment or Intense Pulsed Light therapy is a light-emitting photorejuvenation device used to improve your skin flaws, reduce pigmentation, rejuvenate the skin, and restore its natural glow. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Koltz provides IPL phototherapy in Toledo, OH, to patients who want less intensive treatment than laser skin resurfacing. IPL treatment is non-ablative, which means no skin removal occurs in this med spa procedure, and downtime is minor. IPL therapy is most used for facial skin rejuvenation; however, the device can be used on various body areas.
Conditions Treated with IPL Phototherapy
The advantage of an IPL photo-rejuvenation treatment is that rather than using a single light wavelength to target only one specific skin concern, it emits a broad spectrum of wavelengths that are released in short bursts of energy (intense pulses) with precise focus to target a variety of skin concerns simultaneously, thus providing two-pronged benefits for your skin.
Firstly, the IPL wavelengths reduce hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration to provide a brighter and more even complexion. Secondly, the heat energy delivered through IPL light promotes the generation of fresh collagen fibers to tighten the skin surface, smooth texture, and improve skin quality.
Dr. Koltz, along with his trained medical professionals (or providers), can improve the following skin conditions using a custom IPL photorejuvenation treatment:
- Sun damage
- Red and brown spots
- Freckles and age spots
- Rosacea, flushing, and redness
- Coarse skin texture
- Premature aging lines
- Small blood vessels
- Cherry hemangiomas
- Dull or uneven skin tone
Aesthetic Benefits of IPL Therapy
Dr. Koltz and his team will create a comprehensive IPL treatment plan to help you achieve the following skin rejuvenation benefits:
- Treat Sun Damage: IPL therapy fights the effects of harmful UV rays by breaking down the discolored and damaged cells in the deep dermal skin layer. At the same time, the IPL heat energy stimulates new collagen production in the skin to replenish lost collagen due to the natural aging process and sun exposure.
- Improve Acne Scars: A series of IPL photo-rejuvenation treatments will reduce inflammation and treat certain types of active acne and improve scar tissue by stimulating collagen formation and other growth factors to create new healthy skin. Continued phototherapy will let your skin shed the outer layer to gradually eliminate minor acne scars.
- Restore Complexion: Blood vessel irregularities in your skin are best treated with IPL therapy because the red blood cells easily absorb the pulsed light. A skilled treatment provider can diffuse rosacea and redness, eliminate broken capillaries, and mitigate other red-toned skin concerns with IPL phototherapy.
How does IPL Photo-rejuvenation Work?
Your IPL phototherapy expert will precisely calibrate the IPL device to address the unique skin flaws you want to target or to provide a complete facial skin rejuvenation. As the red blood cells and melanin pigment in your affected areas of the skin absorb the intense light energy from the device, the controlled heat energy will penetrate the deeper skin layers for greater tissue remodeling.
The heat energy will not damage the healthy surrounding skin but only create a superficial non-burn injury to correct the flaws. The skin’s natural repair mechanism will be activated to rejuvenate your dermal tissue. Cellular regeneration will occur to replace the dead or damaged skin cells in the epidermis with new, healthy cells.
To a lesser degree, the IPL treatment will also trigger the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers, which are skin tightening and volumizing proteins. This will help restore vibrant, supple, and younger-looking skin. Skin discoloration will be reduced to make way for a more even complexion as the light pulses disintegrate the dark pigment within your freckles and age spots.
Dr. Koltz is a double fellowship trained ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon and performs a range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Toledo OH, Maumee, Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan.
For IPL therapy, turn to pēkomd® to restore a rejuvenated face and body. To learn more about our non-surgical cosmetic procedures, book a private consultation with Dr. Koltz at our Toledo, OH office.