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Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL treatment for the skin using the photorejuvenation process, represents a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new IPL Los Angeles technique treats skin damage non-invasively; there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface with our Los Angeles photo facial therapy. IPL treatment addresses the effects of photoaging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time.
Our IPL Los Angeles treatment is the gold standard for photorejuvenation. The FDA-cleared, patented technology known as IPL treatment provides dramatic results for a variety of benign conditions, including age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes. Cosmetique Aesthetics’s Los Angeles photo facial techniques can address all these conditions right in our office.
How IPL Los Angeles treatments work?
Why choose IPL Los Angeles treatment over other treatment options?
What can an IPL treatment, or Los Angeles photo facial, do for me?
What is Photo Dynamic Therapy? I hear about an IPL Treatment "with or without Levulan"
What does it feel like to have an IPL treatment?
What will I feel like after my Los Angeles Photo Facial?
How many IPL Los Angeles treatment sessions will I need?
Red blemishes from broken blood vessels and brown spots of pigment from sun damage respond to Intense Pulsed Light. The light is changed to heat energy as it reaches to the level of the collagen beneath the skin surface.
During Los Angeles IPL photorejuvenation treatment, the IPL wavelength is optimized so that the energy is absorbed only by the unwanted melanin, raising the temperature to cause shattering of the pigment. Deeper level damaged blood vessels are treated at the same time via the Los Angeles IPL treatment.
Shortly after Los Angeles photo facial treatment, the unwanted pigment cells (or melanin) have been thoroughly fragmented without damage to the surrounding tissue. Vascular lesions are heated, causing coagulation and shrinking of the vessels through the IPL treatment process.
In the weeks after IPL Los Angeles treatment, the shattered melanin particles are eliminated through a process which causes the fragmented pigments and damaged melanocytes to be absorbed by the body. Little or no trace of the initial lesion remains. The treated vessels deeper within the epidermis are reabsorbed by the body in much the same way.
Because the Los Angeles IPL treatment is gentle, there is no interruption of routine activities. By helping to remove the age spots (sun-induced freckles) and broken capillaries, the result is overall younger-looking skin. While each Los Angeles photo facial treatment improves the skin, major improvements are typically accomplished over a series of treatments.
Laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels often send patients into hiding, as they wait for redness and swelling to subside. Microdermabrasion addresses skin irregularities, but is not effective against all complexion problems including redness, flushing and broken capillaries. Face lifts and other surgical procedures are far too invasive for younger patients and "baby boomers" who simply want to revitalize their appearance without recovery downtime. Our IPL Los Angeles treatment provides a solution though our photo facial process!
IPL Los Angeles treatment addresses a wide variety of skin conditions without any downtime afterwards. Here are some of the applications of our Los Angeles photo facial:
Sun damage (face, chest, shoulders)
Dark circles around the eyes
Sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest, and face
Broken capillaries around the nose
Fine lines and wrinkles
Any patient with broken capillaries, sun-induced freckles, birthmarks, melasma and/or blotchy pigmentation (sun damage), can benefit from treatments with IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation and expect excellent improvement. The effects of IPL photorejuvenation can be expedited with the application of a medication pre-treatment, called Levulan®. The combination of IPL photorejuvenation used in conjunction with Levulan® is called Photo Dynamic Therapy.
Levulan® is a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a natural substance found naturally in the body, as it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. When the application of Levulan® is combined with IPL Photorejuvenation treatments, we turbo boost the light therapy and enhance the overall results. IPL Los Angeles treatment also stimulates the formation of more collagen in the skin, thus giving your skin a renewed, refreshed, smoother texture and appearance. This is termed an activated Fotofacial, or photodynamic skin rejuvenation, when PDT (Levulan®) is added to regular IPL treatment photorejuvenation.
Typically 4-5 IPL Los Angeles treatments are recommended per area (4-6 weeks apart) for optimal results, but with Levulan® the number of IPL treatments needed and recommended is usually reduced to 3.
Most patients describe the sensation of our Los Angeles photo facial to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Some patients who are extra sensitive opt to have a topical numbing cream applied beforehand.
Post-operative discomfort is almost nonexistent. After a Los Angeles photo facial treatment with any light laser, the skin can appear a little flushed and there is a possibility of some very minor swelling.
The pigmented spots and capillaries treated may appear slightly darker temporarily. This is normal. The flushed look soon fades away, the capillaries appear to vanish, and the pigmented spots come off, leaving the skin looking younger and smoother than before. The area should be kept clean, however, be careful not to scrub the area or use harsh cleansers for the first few days after your IPL Los Angeles treatment. We recommend that a good sunscreen be used, preferably a 30-60 SPF.
Facial, neck and chest treatments are usually repeated at 4-week intervals. A series of 4-5 IPL treatment sessions for each area is recommended for optimal results, but this varies by patient. When you come in for a consultation, the doctor can give you a better estimate for how many treatments you will need to accomplish your goal. The sessions are usually reduced to 3 with Levulan®. Once your Los Angeles photo facial treatment sessions are completed, you may need to return for an IPL treatment once a year to maintain this result.
Want to learn more about our Los Angeles IPL therapy? Contact our Los Angeles med spa today for additional information about photo facials.
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