IPL and Pigment Therapy Overview
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure that is commonly performed at Moradi MD in San Diego, CA, using sophisticated laser technology. The IPL targets the cells that cause pigmentation, sun damage and redness of the skin. This can be an effective treatment method for patients who are suffering from sun damage and overexposure to UV rays. It can also improve pore size and discoloration. All pigment therapy treatments are performed by Dr. Moradi's Registered Nurses.
IPL and Pigment Therapy Procedure Information
Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure. With IPL, the doctor or the RN utilizes pulses of light strong enough to improve the look of pigmentation, redness and sun damage. Typically, cold gel is applied to the skin to help with any discomfort. The eyes are also protected from the intense light. The average treatment only takes about 30 minutes. Patients are able to return to their normal routine with sun protection after treatment.
Moradi MD is proud to offer patients VBeam® laser skin therapy – a facial rejuvenation option that provides treatment for mild vascular conditions, such as rosacea, vascular lesions, warts, and more. The VBeam® technology is referred to as a vascular laser because it targets and dilates the blood vessels, honing in on the hemoglobin, or red blood cells, that cause pigmentation irregularities to arise. The laser is a combination of both pulsed light and dye that are delivered simultaneously, shooting different colored light beams into the treated area to normalize the coloring; thus, making it an effective treatment for rosacea and even wounds that leave behind red marks on the skin.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses photosensitizing light and a special chemical (drug) to treat certain skin conditions such as acne, or certain skin cancers by destroying the blood vessels under the skin. PDT is performed during a short office visit and is successful because of its precise targeting of the infected area. The chemical agent is first applied and then the light is used to target and activate the medication. Sometimes, this procedure is also referred to as "blue light" treatment.
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What to Expect with IPL and Pigment Therapy
Treatment can only last for 20 minutes or less depending on the skin condition. Usually, more than one session is required. The results are gradual and optimal results may be seen after several months. There may be discomfort during treatment and pain may be present but tolerable – similar to a slight sting of a rubber band snap. After treatment, the skin may appear reddish with slight swelling and blotchiness. These normally disappear after a few hours. It is very important to adhere to doctor’s post-treatment advise when it comes to care.
Improvements are noticeable even after the initial treatment but optimal results may be evident after several months. The positive results of this laser treatment are gradual as the skin must be given time to heal to avoid any complications. There is no standard recovery time as patient’s condition can greatly vary.
It is recommended for patients who are scheduled for an IPL photo treatment to refrain from tanners and exposure to sun 1 month prior to schedule. There are also medications that must be avoided such as minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova a few weeks before schedule. These precautions minimize any risks of complications and reactions the laser light may cause.
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Reverse Sun Damage
If you are experiencing the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun, then IPL photo rejuvenation can offer potential restoration to your skin. Schedule an appointment at our San Diego office today to learn more about your options.