Reduce Skin Redness and Discoloration with IPL Treatments in Norfolk, VA
Do you have blotchy, discolored, or aging skin? Perhaps you have acne scars that you don’t want to see anymore. Reduce redness and skin discoloration with non-invasive IPL treatments in Norfolk, VA. At our medical spa, we’re proud to offer this minimally invasive and effective light-based treatment called, intense pulsed light therapy (IPL).
Medical Aesthetics of Virginia is committed to providing patients in the area with high-end services in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. If you’d like to learn more about our practice or any of the services we offer, contact us today.
What Is IPL?
IPL stands for “intense pulsed light therapy,” and it is an entirely non-invasive, non-ablative treatment for pigmented lesions, freckles, age marks, wrinkles, fine lines, acne, and stretch marks. Through high-intensity pulses of light, IPL improves the appearance of these skin conditions by stimulating healing and renewal within every layer of the skin.
How Does It Work?
IPL, also referred to as photo rejuvenation, works in much the same way that other laser treatments do. During an IPL procedure, different wavelengths of light are passed over the treatment area in a series of pulses. The energy of this light is absorbed by different structures of the skin depending on the specific wavelength of that light. Because IPL emits a broad range of different colors of light, it is able to target many types of skin structures and problems.
Once the light is absorbed by the skin, it triggers the body’s natural healing process. This causes the cells in both the upper and lower layers of the skin to create newer, stronger tissues. In addition to triggering the healing process, this light eliminates some of the structures of the skin responsible for excessive redness, acne, pigmentation, and brown spots.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Each IPL treatment session typically takes no longer than 20 minutes and is generally well tolerated by patients. While this treatment is not particularly comfortable, most patients liken the sensation to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. This treatment is administered by our licensed master aesthetician, Deanna Bain, who has 14 years of experience in the field of aesthetics.
Following treatment, patients may immediately return to their daily activities. While most people experience little to no significant downtime after treatment, side effects like redness, hair loss in the area, and a mild sunburn-like sensation in the treatment area are common. Even though patients begin to see results after their first treatment, between four and six sessions are needed to get significant, lasting improvements.
Contact us if you’d like to undergo a safe and professional IPL treatment. We proudly provide medical skin care and body treatment for clients throughout Norfolk, Virginia, and the surrounding areas.