Many women and men want to reverse early signs of aging and the damage caused by years of sun exposure. Clear, evenly colored skin on your face, neck, arms and hands can help you look as great as you feel, whether you’re 25 or 85. A series of intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial treatments in Sarasota at SkinSmart Dermatology® can gradually but significantly renew the appearance and texture of your skin with little or no downtime.
Healthy, beautiful skin begins at SkinSmart Dermatology®. Request a cosmetic consultation or call our office in Sarasota at (941) 308-7546.
Board-certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Callahan and her staff of skin care professionals can use IPL on the face, chest, neck and hands to improve the effects of sun damage and early signs of aging, such as:
Every patient who visits us for skin rejuvenation in our Sarasota office begins with a cosmetic consultation. We will assess the condition of your skin, the amount of damage and your desired results. We can determine if IPL or another treatment like SmartXide DOT® or e-Matrix™ will best address your concerns. Keep in mind that IPL might not be the best choice for very tanned skin; SkinSmart Dermatology consultants may offer better alternatives for this type of skin.
A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent hand piece that is gently placed on the skin. Cut-off filters in the hand piece change the wavelength range, enabling us to optimize it for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the melanin or blood vessels, damaging the pigmented lesions. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance. IPL stimulates collagen production as well, which enhances skin tone and smoothes fine wrinkles.
IPL photofacial treatments feel like the mild snapping of a rubber band against the skin. With each snap, the light energy penetrates deep below the skin’s surface to treat the source of your concerns. The length of these treatments depends on the size and number of areas treated. It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to treat the entire face.
We typically recommend a series of three IPL treatments spaced four weeks apart for optimal results. Patients can expect a 30% improvement after each one. Follow-up treatments may be desired one to two times a year to help your skin look its best.
After an IPL photofacial treatment you can resume your regular activities immediately. After treatment, patients usually appear “sunburned.” Excess pigmentation like sunspots and freckles may darken for seven to 10 days before flaking off. With each treatment your skin will become smoother, more radiant and evenly colored.