What is IPL?
If you feel embarrassed about your complexion because of dark spots or sun damage, our team can perform a skin exam at our Little Rock, AR office. After assessing your skin, we can determine if you're a good candidate for intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). A photofacial with IPL is a treatment that reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation on the face and neck. IPL is not an invasive procedure, but it can still produce highly effective and impressive results. One of our physicians sends targeted light waves into the treatment area. These light waves raise the temperature of the skin, which stimulates the production of collagen. In time, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even tone and fewer spots.
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IPL Ideal Candidates
With little to no downtime, a photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to improve certain skin conditions, especially brown lesions and sun spots. The best candidates for an IPL photofacial have several concerns with their skin, such as rosacea, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, large pores, redness, melasma, or broken capillaries. At your consultation, a member of our team will assess your complexion to see if IPL treatments work best for your skin type and your cosmetic concerns.
How Does IPL Work?
An IPL photofacial is performed inside our Little Rock, AR office, generally taking about 20 – 30 minutes to complete. To start the IPL photofacial treatment, your technician will clean and dry your skin before covering your eyes with protective goggles. We will pass a handheld device over the skin as it emits targeted pulses of light energy. Generally, most patients experience mild discomfort throughout the IPL; however, it's usually tolerable because of the short treatment length.
What to Expect with IPL
With no recovery period needed for an IPL photofacial, you can leave our office. After your appointment, your skin will appear a little red and inflamed, but these symptoms will subside naturally in about a day. If you prefer, you can conceal the side effects with makeup. We recommend applying a cream to the skin's surface to minimize irritation and promote healing. It also helps to use anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. Over the next several days, the sun damage and other irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and start to flake off. After a photofacial treatment, it is extremely important to protect your skin with sunscreen at all times and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you will see visible improvements after the first treatment, your skin will attain the best results after multiple photofacial sessions. Our doctors recommend approximately 3 – 6 treatments scheduled monthly at Nirvana Med Spa.
IPL Learn More
You probably didn't think too much about your skin's health when you were a child, but now that skin damage, like hyperpigmentation and other blemishes are becoming visible, you now may want to learn more about treatments that improve your complexion. We invite you to find out more about IPL treatments by contacting our Little Rock, AR office and making an appointment for a skin consultation with one of our team members. With IPL treatments at Nirvana Med Spa, we can reach the deeper layers of damaged skin to help restore a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.