Light energy can be focused in certain wavelengths in order for the heat to be absorbed by darker tissues. This is how intense pulsed light therapy works. Abbreviated as IPL therapy, this kind of heat transfer can be completely controlled by the specialist performing the procedure. It is generally used to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. As heat is absorbed by the lower dermal layers and the underlying supportive tissues, collagen production increases.
IPL therapy is becoming a popular skin rejuvenation procedure because it does not involve surgery, abrasive skin resurfacing or skin peel chemicals. We encourage our current and potential clients to learn more about how IPL therapy can slowly but surely turn back the clock and restore the skin to its more youthful appearance.
The Science Behind IPL Therapy
Many people confuse IPL with laser therapy. A laser produces only one wavelength of light, and this light is made up of photons that vibrate at the frequency of heat waves. This makes a laser an excellent cutting instrument. On the other hand, the device used in IPL therapy produces a wide variety of wavelengths, all of which are tightly focused.
The instrument used in IPL is calibrated according to the density and tone of the tissues being treated. For example, the epidermis is less dense and generally of a lighter tone that the dermal layers that lie beneath. When the device is properly calibrated, the short bursts of energy pass right through the upper skin only to be absorbed by the denser material beneath. The absorption of energy stimulates collagen production.
How the Procedure Works
Before we treat the client using IPL, we examine the skin closely and look at the problem areas. Wrinkling or discolored skin is usually caused by poor circulation, the inability for the skin to hold moisture and a decrease in the amount of collagen produced.
If we decide that IPL is a suitable treatment, we will schedule multiple sessions, spaced about a week apart. Each session lasts about 30 to 40 minutes. The instrument is calibrated to deliver only certain wavelengths of high-energy light. The device is placed next to the skin and the lamp is flashed. Each flash lasts only about four milliseconds. The sensation is something akin to being snapped with a rubber band. Each area of skin is subjected to a series of flashes, then the instrument is moved to the next area to be treated.
Long-Lasting Effects of IPL Therapy
Once the subdermal tissues are stimulated by the light energy, collagen production begins to increase. This is a slow but sure regeneration effect, one that takes several months. Even after the series of treatments is completed, the rejuvenation effect continues.
Clients will notice that the skin is less wrinkled and that slight discolorations near the surface are less noticeable. The skin becomes smoother, and the overall appearance of the skin is one of youthful healthiness.
If you are interested in IPL therapy and want more information about how this treatment can benefit you, schedule a consultation at Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa in College Station. We think you will enjoy what IPL can do to restore your skin to its youthful condition. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.