The signs of aging may be troubling for those in Irvine, California or other parts of the nation. Wrinkles, fine lines, persistent red complexion, age spots, acne scars, etc. may plague patients throughout the area, leading many to wonder what can be done to treat these cosmetic blemishes. FotoFacial/IPL treatments use a hand piece to deliver high intensity pulses of broadband light. This is different than the narrowband light used with laser treatments. Intense pulsed light is a relatively new and non-ablative technique to treat various skin conditions or signs of aging.
The non-ablative quality of intense pulsed light means that it does not damage the skin's surface. Intense light is delivered to the deeper part of the skin called the dermis while leaving the skin's surface, or epidermis, untouched. It is important that patients discuss which version of IPL may be right for them, as different versions target different structures of the skin. For instance, PhotoDerm VL targets vascular lesions like spider veins, while PhotoDerm PL targets pigmented lesions like melasma and age spots. The PhotoDerm HR and Epilight target hair. IPL treatments also help to stimulate the production of new collage for a tighter appearance and reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
One of the major advantages of intense pulsed light treatments is that it does not damage the skin's surface unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing procedures. This is often one of the factors that motivates patients to choose this procedure over others. There is virtually no recovery period required after treatment, although patients are always encouraged to follow recovery guidelines given to them by a trained professional in the Irvine area. Patients may return to work the same day and apply makeup before leaving the office.
With the positive comes the negatives, however. Because the procedure is non-ablative, it may take several treatments to reach optimal results. About four to six treatments may be necessary and may be spaced about three weeks apart. Possible side effects of FotoFacial/IPL treatments may include transient redness and possible increased or decreased pigmentation in the treatment area (hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, respectively). Patients may be encouraged to reduce sun exposure to help minimize these side effects.
As this is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, insurance companies may not cover the cost. It is important to discuss this with a trained Irvine medical professional, however. Each session may cost between $350 and $600 depending on the area of the body being treated.
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