It’s not that we want foundation or other concealing make-up to be caked on our skin – it’s just that we don’t want to show off the dark spots on our faces and bodies.
These blemishes could be new. These spots could have been triggered by sun damage. They could have accumulated from the normal aging process – or genetics. Skin changes happen, and you may have noticed that no amount of expensive cream or lotion will get rid of them. It’s time to stop spending money on these expensive ineffective treatments, and start thinking about Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments.
The cost of an IPL Treatment depends on the areas being targeted and how many sessions are needed to obtain the desired results. It can cost between $75 and $500, and there are various IPL sizes and combination treatment packages available. You can pay with cash, personal check, major credit cards, and medical financing from CareCredit.
Appropriate Candidates Will Fit This Mold
If you area relatively healthy man or woman of any ethnicity or skin type who wants to:
1. Lighten freckles
2. Fade age spots
3. Remove sun damage
4. Or redness from Rosacea
… on your face, neck, chest, arms, or hands. Those are the most commonly treated areas, but IPL is safe for virtually all areas of the face and body.
Why Is It So Safe?
IPL doesn’t harm the skin’s surface. A concentrated laser light only targets the lower layers of the dermis, and causes no damageto the top layers.
During a session, protective eyewear is always worn. A cool gel is applied to the predetermined treatment area. The esthetician will use a hand piece, which willdeliver precise short pulses of light to these predetermined areas of the face or body, using the state-of-the-art Cutera technology. Delivered at various wavelengths, these broadband light pulses are absorbed by the melanin in the dark areas of the skin. The predetermined areas will gently warm, which will cause damage to the dark veins or tissue. This allows them to be safely broken down by the body.
An IPL treatment takes less than 30 minutes and is done in the Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique’s luxuriousmedi-spa; no anesthesia is required. Patients typically report little to no discomfort during the treatment. And it’s virtually risk free.Hypopigmentation rarely occurs, but the dark areas will normally fade within seven to 10 days.
Add On Other Noninvasive Procedures
You can do the IPL treatment alone or combine it with other noninvasive procedures for optimum skin rejuvenating results. Examples are the Titan Skin Tightening and Laser Genesis procedures, which together are known as 3D Rejuvenation. Added on, these procedures can:
1. Tighten skin
2. Reduce pores
3. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
4. Improve facial contours
5. Achieve a glowing appearance
Several IPL treatments, usually between four and six, will be needed to achieve the best results. It all depends on the size of the area to be treated and how much restoration is needed. Sometimes maintenance IPL treatments are recommended, since they prolong the results. IPL treatment results arelong-lasting, but the normal aging process will continue, so new areas of damage will emerge. When this happens, patients can return for a new round of IPL therapy.
To see the full benefits from an IPL treatment, it’ll take between one and two weeks. As the lower layers of skin move to the surface, the dark spots will begin to flake offslowly.
IPL therapy requires no downtime, so patients are able to return immediately to work or school – the afternoon after the treatment! Patients can also exercise right away.
While some may experiencemild redness and swelling, these side effects usually fade quickly. Skin spots may darken immediately after an IPL treatment, but within seven to 10 days, these should fade or flake off as well. Sofollowing a treatment, there is no restriction from your normal activities, but patients must wear sunscreen continuously for maximum results.
For more information or to schedule your consultation, you can reach Mirror Mirror by calling 281-488-0088. If you’re traveling from outside the Houston area, your patient coordinator at Mirror Mirror is also there to help you figure out travel arrangements and accommodations.