When we approach our middle-age years, our skin is not as supple or elastic as when we were younger. Age spots and discoloration caused by photodamage also take their toll on our appearance.
Intense Pulsed Light – abbreviated as IPL – is a specialized therapy treatment that can turn back the aging clock and does not involve any harsh, abrasive resurfacing.
One of the latest instruments used for this procedure is the LimeLight IPL device, a heat wave delivery system that targets specific areas of the skin based on the tone, density, and tissue makeup.
How IPL Works
Unlike a laser peel, IPL is the subjecting of the skin to various wavelengths of light. The instrument is programmed to deliver ultra-short bursts of light energy, with several different wavelengths being pulsed at the same time.
Because the skin changes tone and density from one layer to another, the dermatologist can select from one of three pre-programmed settings to deliver just the right concentration of heat to each layer.
Discolored skin can be caused by any number of things including overexposure to the sun, upper-level spider veins, age spots, or surface scarring. The LimeLight IPL device can be used to help treat all of these visible signs of aging.
What the Procedure Involves
Before exposure to the heat waves, the skin is coated lightly with a cooling gel.
Some of the more advanced instruments have a built-in cooling system that helps soothe the skin while it is being subjected to the light impulses.
The flashlamp is then set to send out wavelengths that will be absorbed by the areas to be treated.
With each burst of energy, the affected areas absorb the light and are slightly damaged. The body responds by sending nutrients to build up new, healthier tissue.
The entire face can be treated during a single session, which usually lasts less than one hour.
Depending on the size of the treated area, we may prescribe a special moisturizing salve for use at home. The client may experience a slight bit of reddening on the cheeks, nose, or other treated area, but this is temporary.
We may encourage the use of broad-spectrum sunscreen for several days after the treatment session.
Advantages of LimeLight IPL
Unlike laser treatments, the skin itself is not resurfaced through intense monochromatic light energy. The effects of heated tissue are much less noticeable.
The LimeLight IPL device can be programmed to deliver heat in rapid, controlled bursts, meaning that the skin is given a chance to cool during the treatment session.
While other traditional resurfacing techniques often call for multiple treatment sessions, Limelight IPL may require a single treatment session.
Find Out More About LimeLight
Contact Mariposa MedSpa today to schedule a consultation and learn how LimeLight can rejuvenate your skin without the need for invasive peels or abrasive procedures.