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Everything You Need to Know About IPL Treatment

Looking for a way to reduce signs of aging, remove unwanted hair, lighten dark patches of skin, or improve the appearance of scars and spider veins? Intense pulsed light (IPL) might be the solution for you.

This cosmetic skin treatment is similar to laser therapy but with a twist. While laser therapy uses a single wavelength of light energy, IPL delivers multiple wavelengths, allowing it to treat larger areas of skin in less time.   

Douglass Forsha, MD, and his team of specialists at Jordan Valley Dermatology Center in South Jordan, Utah, help you say goodbye to unwanted skin imperfections with the power of IPL therapy. 

Unlike lasers, IPL therapy uses light energy to target and eliminate unwanted cells in your skin. This innovative treatment can simultaneously address multiple skin conditions, making it a versatile and practical option for those seeking skin rejuvenation.

Benefits of laser treatment 

Laser treatment has several advantages and fewer complications than similar surgical methods. And it's a more affordable option that yields quick results.

Remove spider veins

Spider veins are small-to-medium vessels that become visible through your skin. They can be unpleasant and annoying, causing a web-like network of reddish-blue lines. 

IPL laser energy removes spider veins by targeting the pigmentation in the vein. The heat collapses the vein walls and seals it shut. The faulty vein tissue dies, and your body eventually flushes it out through its waste-removal system. 

Eliminate age spots

Laser therapy repairs sun-damaged skin and reduces the appearance of freckles and age spots. 

Age spots are areas of the skin that produce too much melanin. This can have various causes, like a hormonal or metabolic change, a hereditary predisposition, or excessive UV light. These spots are harmless, but they can affect your self-confidence.

Laser therapy uses your body’s self-healing powers to remove excess pigment. The laser uses highly concentrated light pulses on the treatment area, breaking pigment into many small parts.

Your immune system then eliminates these tiny particles which are then broken down by macrophages (scavenger cells) and carried away via the lymphatic system.

Treat acne

Acne isn’t only a problem in puberty — many adults also deal with chronic pimples.  

Fortunately, IPL therapy treats acne. Like laser therapy, IPL penetrates the second layer of your skin without injuring the top layer. But unlike a laser, IPL uses more than one wavelength of pulsating light. 

The heat destroys blemishes, leaving your skin smoother and clearer.

Remove unwanted hair permanently

Laser hair removal offers a convenient alternative to shaving and waxing and can permanently eliminate unwanted hair growth.

Laser treatment saves you the hassle of shaving or epilating and avoids pain and irritation. Laser hair removal effectively treats ingrown hairs and yields great results, especially for dark, thick hair.

The laser's high-energy light beam penetrates the skin's upper layers, targeting hair roots. The targeted heat destroys the hair’s ability to regrow without affecting the surrounding tissue.

Treat scars and wrinkles

IPL lasers are ideal for treating scars and wrinkles. It’s relatively painless, and the skin heals quickly. It softens the appearance of scars and gently smooths out wrinkles. 

The water in your skin attracts the laser energy, which causes thermal damage in the deep layers of your skin. As your skin repairs itself, your body produces extra collagen, a structural protein that maintains strong, supple skin. 

IPL laser therapy is a multipurpose anti-aging tool

Laser therapy skin resurfacing effectively reduces wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. It can firm the skin and enhance your complexion. Many skin and hair problems can be successfully treated with noninvasive laser treatment.

Call Jordan Valley Dermatology for more information or request an appointment online.

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