Do you have a lot of freckles? Are you tired of hiding under facial creams and powders? Fortunately, there is a safe and effective treatment for ridding yourself of freckles and facing the world with clear skin. Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is a non-invasive treatment to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing freckles and similar marks and age spots. It’s a resurfacing technique that works without damaging the top layers of skin.
How it Works
IPL therapy targets freckles by using light energy that is absorbed by the skin cells with darker color than the surrounding skin. Filters are used to focus the light on the color in freckles. The light turns to heat in the cell, thus removing the freckle from the skin. IPL therapy is a fast and convenient procedure that requires no recovery time. It is a great option for busy people.
What to Expect
It will be important to avoid sun exposure several weeks before and after treatment to make sure the skin pigments are easily seen and the skin is not injured from any sunburn. A cold gel is applied to the area being treated. Protective eyewear is also worn, especially if the treated area is on the face.
The IPL treatment surface is applied to the skin by a handheld device that delivers pulses of light to the skin. The first session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. It may be necessary to do a course of treatment sessions every few weeks in order to get the best results. Once the treatment is completed, no recovery time is needed. It is possible to return to work or social outings right away. Some patients even have the treatment done during their lunch breaks.
Some patients feel a slight stinging sensation during the treatment. However, most patients do not find the treatment to be too uncomfortable. The treated area may turn pink after the treatment, but should be no worse than a mild sunburn. For best results, multiple treatments may be necessary to eliminate discolorations and freckles.
Who Are the Best Candidates for IPL Therapy?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure is to come in for a consultation at SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown. Our team of experts will help you decide if this is the best way for you to treat your freckles. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.