IPL LASER

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a treatment similar to laser resurfacing in that it uses light to treat skin problems, particularly pigmentation problems, and rejuvenate the complexion. However, instead of a highly focused, single wavelength, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths, delivered in brief pulses.

WHAT IS IPL LASER?

This light helps the skin in two ways. First, the wavelengths in IPL absorb excessive pigment in the skin (reds and browns) to restore a more even complexion. To a lesser degree, IPL stimulates collagen production to improve overall skin tone. IPL is a non-ablative treatment (no skin is removed during treatment), and typically requires little to no downtime.

What laser skin resurfing can improve:

  • Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
  • Scars from acne or chickenpox
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Aged or sun-damaged skin
  • Liver spots
  • Improve your complexion if you have yellowish or grayish skin tones
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose

ABOUT THE PROCESS

For best results, your plastic surgeon may first start you on a series of skin treatments to prepare your skin for your laser procedure. Often these treatments begin 6 weeks or more before your scheduled procedure. These skin treatments are customized for your particular skin type to minimize complications and obtain the best result from your laser resurfacing.

Cosmetic laser resurfacing is usually done on an outpatient basis and typically takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

    WHAT IPL LASER CAN’T DO

    While the effects of laser resurfacing can last for many years, the normal aging process means that wrinkles and expression lines will reoccur. You may repeat laser resurfacing as necessary.

    CONSULTATION

    You may not be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have:

    • Active acne
    • Very dark skin
    • Deep wrinkles
    • Excessive or sagging skin

    Patients with darker skin tones have a greater risk of healing with darker pigmentation (hyperpigmentation). This may be minimized by use of a bleaching agent after laser skin resurfacing as well.

    RECOVERY

    Skin that’s treated with laser resurfacing may react in different ways. But most of the time, it will feel like a mild sunburn. You’ll have some redness and swelling. You may also experience itching or stinging for a few days after the procedure.

    Depending on the treatment, some people may have what looks like a severe sunburn. Do not scratch or pick at crusts because this can cause scarring.

    Usually, about five days to a week after laser skin resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel.

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    Modern Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic located in Tijuana, Baja California.
    Jose Clemente Orozco No. 2230 PH 1 Torre 7 Zona Rio, Tijuana Baja California, Mexico C.P. 22010
    USA (619) 240 8681
    MEX (664) 900
    info@tjlipo.com

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