Optimal treatment with minimal side effects achieved with IPL therapy at Orange County practice

It may seem ironic that light can be used to treat the damage caused by sunlight or, more specifically, caused by ultraviolet radiation from natural or man-made sources such as tanning beds.

Lasers harness specific wavelengths of light energy to target pigmented skin cells precisely. While laser therapy is among the safest, most effective, and versatile treatments, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy favorably distinguishes itself in the world of powerful, light-based approaches.

Why IPL treatment is different

Laser devices deliver light energy. As each pulse of light is applied to a targeted treatment area, the energy is converted to heat. This heat prompts changes to the skin, which can result in the removal of lines, acne scars, and sun damage.

While IPL systems work under the same principle of emitting energy that is absorbed into target cells, this type of system spans many wavelengths with each pulse of light. Lasers only deliver one wavelength.

Furthermore, many IPL systems are equipped with filters that allow optimal penetration of the skin-transforming energy while minimizing excess energy for a comfortable and safe experience. Patients achieve the outcomes they crave, while these features keep any risks and complications at bay.

Like other non-ablative or non-injuring types of light-based therapies, IPL can penetrate the lower layers of skin to achieve dramatic and fundamental changes while leaving the superficial layers of skin untouched. Generally, approaches that don’t ablate or injure the topmost skin also require less healing and downtime, and pose fewer risks. In just one session performed over your lunch break, you can see an improvement in the appearance of:

  • Visible veins
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Birthmarks
  • Freckles
  • Sun spots
  • Melasma patches

You can be on your way and back to work or other activities following the procedure. Minor discomfort can be eased with a cold compress and numbing cream, while discoloration and other sensations are comparable to a mild sunburn. You may experience temporary redness and peeling.

As with many dermatological therapies, Dr. Farshidi may prescribe after-care that includes sun avoidance or limitation. Depending on your concern, more treatments spaced three to six weeks apart may be recommended.

Arta Dermatology appreciates that you may have many questions about IPL treatment. Bring your questions to a consultation with Dr. Farshidi at the Orange County office in Newport Beach. To schedule an appointment, call (949) 531-7111.


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