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If you are looking to improve your complexion, you can get rid of spider veins, wrinkles, and age spots with intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) in Boston. Unlike laser treatments, IPL uses a wide range of light wavelengths to address various skin problems.
What Is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?
Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is also known as a photofacial. It is used to improve the color and texture of your skin without any need to go under a scalpel. It uses light energy to stimulate collagen production in your skin, reducing the visible signs of aging and sun damage.
Ideal Candidates for IPL
Usually, patients visit Dr. Richard Bartlett for IPL treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines, birthmarks, or varicose veins. It is recommended for use anywhere in the body. However, it may not be as effective on uneven surfaces due to its scattered light distribution.
It is not recommended for you if you are prone to developing keloids or thick scars. Dr. Bartlett might also advise against getting IPL if you have a darker skin tone, since this can increase the chance of pigment issues.
Your IPL Treatment Consultation
When you come in for your consultation, you will undergo a physical examination. Your concerns will be discussed, and Dr. Bartlett will help you set realistic goals. You will be informed about how many sessions you need to properly address your skin problems. If you have certain skin disorders, you will need to let Dr. Bartlett know right away.
The Treatment Process
An IPL treatment starts with cleaning and sanitizing the targeted area. After that, a cool gel will be applied to your skin. You will be asked to wear dark glasses during the treatment to shield your eyes from the flashes of light.
Light pulses will be applied to the area using the IPL device. Some patients feel a slight sting, which is comparable to the feeling of being snapped by a rubber band.
The overall treatment should last for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size and number of treatment areas. You may need to come back for 3 to 6 sessions to fully reap the benefits of intense pulsed light therapy.
Aftercare Following Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
There is almost no downtime or recovery time after an IPL procedure. However, your skin might feel sensitive for several hours, similar to getting sunburnt. In order to hasten healing, stay away from using hot water on the target area. You will be able to go back to your regular activities in no time.
How Much Do IPL Sessions Cost?
The cost of intense pulsed light treatments will vary based on the target area, extent of treatment, and number of sessions needed to achieve best results. Dr. Bartlett will give you an estimate of the total price during your consultation.
Contact Us to Learn More
Explore your skin-rejuvenating options with intense pulsed light therapy in Boston to gain back years of youthful beauty. Book a consultation today to find out more about this innovative skin treatment.