Skin problems like fine lines, wrinkles, rosacea, sun spots, acne scaring and other problems affect individuals in Massapequa Park, New York and other parts of the country. They may be some of the first signs of aging and may be quite troubling for many individuals who often seek treatment to help overcome these cosmetic blemishes or skin conditions. Intense pulsed light has been used to treat these conditions by delivering high-intensity pulses of broadband light to the affected areas. The broadband light differs from the narrowband that is used in many laser procedures.
The intense pulsed light is non-ablative, which means that it does not cause damage to the surface of the skin, but is rather delivered to the deeper parts of the skin, called the dermis, without affecting the superficial parts of the skin, called the epidermis. Those interested in this treatment should consult a medical professional in the Massapequa Park area to determine which version of this treatment is right for them. Certain versions may target vascular lesions like spider veins or vascular birthmarks, while others target pigmented lesions like melasma or age spots. Still others target unwanted hair. Intense pulse light often has an added benefit of stimulating the production of new collagen, which helps to lead to an improvement in wrinkles.
Each treatment typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes to perform and requires virtually no recovery period afterwards. Patients may apply their makeup before they leave the doctor's office and may return to work or resume other normal daily activities immediately. There is also minimal pain associated with this treatment, while laser and radiofrequency resurfacing procedures may require a topical anesthetic during treatment.
One of the disadvantages of this treatment, though, is that because there is little damage done to the skin, several treatments may be necessary to reach optimal results. About four to six treatments may be required, spaced a few weeks apart, to reach the desired effect of this treatment. Possible side effects of intense pulse light therapy may include transient redness, increased pigment or decreased pigment in the treatment area. Patients are often encouraged to minimize their exposure to the sun to help reduce these side effects.
As this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance companies typically do not cover it. The cost of the procedure may vary from one clinic to the next, with the average cost ranging from $350 to $600 per treatment session depending on the part of the body being treated.
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