As technology continues to develop, so too will the healing and cosmetic capabilities of doctors across the nation. Many patients in Pensacola, Florida have experienced firsthand the benefits that FotoFacial Intense Pulsed Light therapy has to offer. Doctors have been well aware of the value of laser and light technology for years and have already applied the versatile technology to several fields in the medical industry. Lasers and light therapies can be seen in the surgical field, the dermatological field and several others. By utilizing lasers and light therapy, dermatologists are able to provide patients treatments for their fine lines and wrinkles, red complexions, sun spots, acne scars, large pores and other cosmetic flaws they may wish to have treated.
Also called photorejuvenation, FotoFacial Intense Pulsed Light is a new treatment that is now used by several clinics to help improve these conditions. Unlike other treatments that may have been used in the past, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing, FotoFacial Intense Pulsed Light is a non-ablative technique. High intensity pulses of broadband light are delivered to the patient's skin using a handheld device. This differs from laser technology, which uses a narrow band light to apply treatment. What attracts many patients is the fact that this treatment does not damage the superficial layer of skin. In fact, it leaves it untouched. Instead, it penetrates to the deeper part of the skin called the dermis. This treatment leads to the production of new collagen, which helps to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother feel. Patients who are interested in this treatment should discuss the specifics with a medical professional in the field.
Another benefit of FotoFacial Intense Pulsed Light therapies is that there is virtually no downtime or recovery time following the procedure. Each treatment may take about 30 to 45 minutes and patients are often able to return to work right away. Patients are usually able to apply makeup following treatment as well.
As opposed to laser or radiofrequency resurfacing, intense pulsed light does not require a topical anesthetic and there is minimal pain associated with the treatment. Several treatments may be required before the desired effect may be realized, however. Spaced about three weeks apart, four to six treatments may be required to reach optimal results. There are also possible side effects associated with this treatment. These may include transient redness and a decreased pigmentation in the treated area. Patients who minimize their sun exposure may be able to reduce these effects.
While many patients in the Pensacola area have already discovered the versatility of this treatment, other patients in the area may be unfamiliar with intense pulsed light therapies. While acquiring a general understanding of this treatment, and the benefits and possible side effects associated with it, may prove beneficial, the best resource for information is a medical professional well-versed in the field and with experience providing this treatment.