Pittsburgh IPL® Photorejuvenation Treatments
Question & Answers:
Q: What is IPL®?
A: IPL® Photorejuvenation is a noninvasive light based treatment that treats skin damage without the disruption of the skin’s surface.
Q: How is IPL® performed?
A: Cold gel is applied to the treatment area. The handpiece is then applied to the skin, and flashes of bright light are delivered in pulses. The settings of energy applied and the number of pulses delivered to the skin are chosen by our expert staff according to patient’s needs and skin type.
Q: How does IPL® treat benign vascular lesions?
A: Aging, UV exposure and other factors can cause the appearance of broken capillaries and blood vessels on your skin. These spider veins on the face and body are referred to as telangiectasias, they often cause diffuse redness. This type of redness is often associated with a common skin condition known as rosacea.
During IPL® treatment, the light energy is absorbed by these small blood vessels causing the vessels to heat up and shut down. Over time the treated vessels are reabsorbed by your body and disappear. Some patients may experience slight bruising at the site where the vessel was destroyed, this bruising will usually fade within a few days. Temporary redness and localized swelling may occur.
Q: Is IPL® FDA Cleared?
A: IPL® Photorejuvenation has been FDA cleared since 1995.
Q: How many IPL® treatments will I need?
A: The number of treatments will vary according to the condition being treated, the severity, and the patient being treated. IPL® treatments are generally based on a series of treatments over a period of time, separated by approximately one month. On average, three to six treatment sessions may be recommended.
Q: What can I expect after IPL®?
A: Some patients may experience redness in the treated area. This usually dissipates in a few hours. Depending upon which skin conditions IPL® is used for, there may be common side effects. These will be reviewed at the consultation.