Living in sunny Atlanta, most of us haven’t been shorted on time spent in the sun. And now we have the sun spots to show for it! Otherwise, your skin may have some acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, even rosacea, and you wonder what you can do to improve it.
Dr. Beaty would advise you to get “intense” with it, as in Intense Pulsed Light. We use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to deliver an IPL Photofacial, which provides gentle skin rejuvenation without downtime.
IPL Photofacials are good for treating the effects of sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and other skin problems.
How does IPL work?
An IPL Photofacial with Dr. Beaty is a 30-minute procedure in which “intense” pulses of light are directed onto the target areas of the skin. This light penetrates deeply, beyond the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) into the dermis beneath. The light energy causes the body to perceive it as an injury, responding by constricting the collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis, reducing redness, lines, and scars. The body also signals the need to create new collagen to address the “injury.” Since collagen is the body’s skin support protein, new collagen helps fill wrinkles and scars and makes the skin appear younger.
What happens during the IPL session?
Your skin’s future will be so bright; you’ll have to wear shades! OK, that’s dumb, but to begin, you will be given protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the bright flashes of light. A cooling gel is applied to the more sensitive target areas, acting both as a lubricant and to cool the skin. As the light is on your skin, you will feel a warm sensation from the hand piece. The feeling of the light entering your skin will comparae to a light snap from a rubber band.
The results of an IPL Photofacial with Dr. Beaty are similar to those of a medium chemical peel without any of the downtime. Because the procedure encourages collagen production, it will take a series of sessions to achieve the your desired results. Some patients see some immediate results; others see results after the second or third session. Dr. Beaty recommends patients have a series of five treatments, each spaced three to four weeks apart.