One of the most common concerns we hear from our patients is that they are self-conscious about dark spots on their skin. While there are various over-the-counter products available to help lighten these areas, many people are looking for a more permanent solution. IPL (intense pulsed light) lasers are an increasingly popular option for those looking to get rid of dark spots for good. But how do they work? Let’s take a closer look.
IPL lasers work by targeting the specific area of pigmentation with intense pulses of light. The heat from the laser destroys the cells that contain melanin, which is what gives skin its color. This process also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
One of the great things about IPL lasers is that they can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, not just dark spots. They can also be used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and even acne scarring.
How to Prepare for Your IPL Treatment
Before your treatment, you will need to avoid sun exposure for at least 4 weeks prior. This means no tanning beds, no self-tanners, and no sunbathing. It is also important to avoid any medications or skincare products that may make your skin more sensitive to light, such as retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids.
On the day of your treatment, you will need to arrive with clean skin free of any oils, makeup, or other products. Your technician will then apply a cooling gel to your skin before proceeding with the treatment. Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, your session may last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
After your treatment is complete, you may notice some redness and swelling in the treated area. These side effects are completely normal and should resolve within a day or two. You will need to avoid sun exposure following your treatment and use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when going outside.
If you’re considering an IPL laser treatment to get rid of dark spots on your skin, it’s important to consult with a qualified doctor or dermatologist first. At Visage Laser and Skin Care, all of our treatments are performed by expert medical professionals who have years of experience in this field. To find out if IPL is right for you, book a free consultation today.