We all would like perfectly even complexions without age spots, broken capillaries, and other imperfections. But to do so, we’d probably have to live in a cave our entire life. With our sunny warm Houston weather, that’s not much of an option.
So, Dr. Barrera offers intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation to get rid of sun spots, blood vessels, and various other pigmentation problems. It’s a skin renewal option that doesn’t require any downtime or pain.
How does an IPL photofacial help my skin?
Patients can be skeptical as to how simple light can improve their skin. But the key is the wavelength of the light delivered. IPL delivers short bursts of light energy that benefit your skin in two ways.
First, as the IPL energy is directed onto the treatment area, the darker cells in those pigmentation problem areas absorb the IPL energy and the melanin pigment fragments. The body then absorbs the pigment cells and the spots become less and less visible. With veins, the energy is absorbed by the dark blood, heating the vein. This heating causes the vein wall to collapse and close off the vein. The body then scavenges the vein and it completely disappears.
The second way IPL benefits your skin is through collagen production. The intense light penetrates the epidermis layer of the skin (the outer layer) and gently heats the dermis, the skin’s second layer. When the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it assumes there has been a wound. It responds with a wound repair mechanism. This involves producing new amounts of collagen and sending it to the “wounded” area. Since collagen provides the skin’s underlying support structure, this firms your skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.
How long before I will see results from my photofacial?
Results from photofacials at Dr. Barrera’s are not immediate. The darker cells from your age spots and sun-damaged skin need to absorb the IPL energy and then begin to slough off. After your treatment, your age spots will first darken, but then they will begin the process of breaking down and peeling off and otherwise being absorbed by the body. This takes a few weeks. Your broken capillaries generally respond immediately, but collagen needs to rebuild to improve large pores and fine lines.