Begin with Skin Med Spa
Medical Spa located in Chelmsford, MA
Skin imperfections, such as sun spots, fine lines, and broken capillaries can make you look older than you are and damage your self-confidence. You can restore your youthful appearance with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy with certified medical aesthetician, Joanne Sargent, RN, and the team at Begin With Skin Med Spa in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. If you want to revitalize your skin, call or schedule a consultation online today.
IPL Q & A
What is IPL?
IPL is a noninvasive treatment that uses multiple wavelengths of light to reduce the appearance of sun damage and other skin imperfections.
IPL therapy reduces the appearance of:
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
- Fine lines
You can have IPL therapy on your face, neck, chest, and hands to restore your fresh, radiant complexion.
How does IPL work?
IPL therapy penetrates to the deeper layers of your skin to stimulate your body’s regenerative response. The light is absorbed by your melanin and red blood cells, which creates micro-injuries in your skin and triggers increased circulation and capillary growth, which floods your skin with oxygen and nutrients essential to cell growth. The light breaks up excess melanin to reduce the appearance of brown or red hyperpigmentation in your skin.
What should I expect during IPL therapy?
When you have IPL therapy — also referred to as a photofacial — you relax on a treatment bed. Your IPL therapy session will take 20-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
Your aesthetician will clean your skin and apply a cool gel to prepare your face. You will wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the flashes of light.
Then, when your skin is ready, your aesthetician will use a smooth handpiece to direct the pulses of light toward your skin. It can create a warming sensation, and your aesthetician will give you a cold compress when your treatment is complete. They’ll also gently apply a special moisturizer when your session is complete to protect your skin.
You may notice results after just one treatment, but most patients have a series of three to six IPL sessions for optimal results. Your aesthetician will recommend a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
You can’t have a tan while you’re having IPL treatments, because the excess melanin from your tan could mask the skin imperfections you want to target. Furthermore, you could also suffer unwanted side effects such as hyperpigmentation.
How should I take care of my skin with an IPL treatment?
Your aesthetician will give you instructions on caring for your skin after IPL therapy and recommended skin care products. During treatment, you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible. After treatment, you should always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin.
To see if IPL therapy can revitalize the appearance of your skin, call or click to book a consultation with the team at Begin With Skin Med Spa today.