IPL Dermatologists’ secret weapon against photo damaged skin

Photo damage of the skin occurs when one is exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun. The skin’s underlying structure begins to weaken, resulting in sunspots; irregularities of pigment and texture; rough, weathered patches; redness; hollowness, and of course, wrinkles galore. The changes caused by photo damage can be especially frustrating, as they do not typically respond to serums, lotions or creams. Over time, photo damaged skin can seriously detract from the appearance and may cause a patient to look much older than their years.

Stepping in to reverse photo damage while exquisitely rejuvenating the entire complexion is the LimeLight Facial Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment by Cutera. It works by sending perfectly controlled laser pulses of heat to the lower dermis while sparing the surface skin cells. The broadband light beams target highly-pigmented melanin cells, warming them until they disintegrate and get reabsorbed into the body.

Advantages of IPL treatment:

  • Little to no discomfort or downtime
  • Non-invasive, non-surgical and non-ablative
  • No anesthesia required
  • Safe for use all over the body, especially the face, back, chest, arms, hands and neck
  • Fades freckles, sunspots and the effects of rosacea
  • Improvement after just one visit
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Sessions last 30 minutes or less
  • Can be combined with other laser procedures

Choosing the right practice for your IPL treatment

Although today there are many spas popping up that offer laser treatments, entrusting your skin to potentially untrained and non-credentialed “technicians” can put you at risk. Not only are you in danger of poor, uneven results, but you may also face serious medical complications that only a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is equipped to handle. Dermatologists on average have over a decade of training, residency and clinical experience under their belts and as such are best suited to diagnose and treat your skin problems.

At PPSD, our doctors can offer a wealth of insight into solving a wide range of skincare issues well beyond the condition for which you initially seek treatment. Our caring, patient-centric team is looking out for your health and well-being at every turn. We believe in building long-term client relationships based on trust, integrity and transparency.

Setting up your confidential consultation

Meeting with your doctor to discuss whether LimeLight Facial IPL is right for you is the first step towards a radiant, blemish-free complexion. The doctor will examine your skin, assess your medical history, and explain the pros and cons of LimeLight. (For patients that are pregnant or heavily tattooed, or who are suffering from a serious skin infection, an alternative treatment may be more appropriate.) The consultation is a great time to review before and after photos and to voice any questions or concerns that may be holding you back.

PPSD offers consultations at any of our state-of-the-art office suites, and with locations throughout Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby and Hickory, scheduling your visit has never been easier.

What can I expect after treatment?

LimeLight Facial IPL treatment is very gentle and does not generally result in side effects. However, if you do experience any swelling, tingling or discomfort, these symptoms will clear up within hours. In the meantime, an ice pack or cold compress will help to soothe the skin. It is acceptable to wear makeup if you wish to minimize any facial redness.

You will notice your skin gradually begin to shed darker pigmented spots while blood vessels also begin to fade. In order to maintain your results, it’s important that you wear sunblock and avoid excessive sunlight. Using skincare products with Vitamin C, E and A will also help preserve your newly even skin tone.

Most clients find that 1-3 treatment sessions over the course of several months are necessary to achieve optimum results. If photodamage is excessive, the number of laser treatments may be even higher.