IPL - Intense Pulsed Light
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy device uses special lamps to produce short bursts of high intensity, precisely focused light. It is similar to laser technology, but employs multiple wavelengths of light rather than just one. In dermatology, IPL therapy is used to treat a variety of skin conditions by destroying targeted cells without damaging surrounding tissues. Broadband Light (BBL) therapy, much like IPL, uses a range of light wavelengths for focused skin treatment.
Peachtree Dermatology puts both IPL and BBL phototherapies to work to remove pigmented lesions such as age spots, freckles, and discoloration from sun damage, typically on lighter skin types. It is ideal for use on those areas most frequently exposed to UV – the face, neck, and backs of hands. IPL and BBL therapies are also good solutions for resolving acne, rosacea, vascular and pigmented birthmarks, and broken capillaries.
This brief, non-invasive procedure is conducted at our offices. Usually two to three treatments are needed for best results. Most patients feel a little tingling that quickly subsides. Those with very sensitive skin may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but we take extra precautions to ensure your comfort. We apply a cooling gel to the skin, and a cool air machine provides additional relief.
This resurfacing method affects the skin's lower layers (dermis) without impacting the top-most layer (epidermis), so there is minimal downtime following a treatment.
We caution all of our patients to protect skin from sun damage, and it is especially important after an IPL or BBL treatment. Wear sunscreen on your face and other exposed areas every day since UV radiation can damage your skin even on a cloudy day. Avoid direct sun during mid-day hours; wear long-sleeves, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses if you must be out. Stay out of tanning beds.
IPL/BBL therapy – another option the team of professional dermatologists at Peachtree Dermatology provides to keep patients looking terrific!