Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a treatment that emits high-intensity pulses of non-laser light to address certain skin conditions, including rosacea. During an IPL Photofacial, our trained professional controls the light pulses with a computer, so they enter the skin at a very specific depth and do not damage the skin’s top layers. A wide spectrum of light is directed at different types of skin tissue to treat different issues. For example, the red hemoglobin in dilated blood vessels is targeted when treating rosacea.
There are several manifestations of rosacea, including facial redness, bumps and pimples, skin thickening and eye irritation. It mainly occurs on the face but can also appear on the neck, scalp, ears or chest. It is characterized by remissions and flare-ups and can negatively affect your appearance and self-esteem. Other, less common signs of rosacea are facial swelling, plaques or red patches and a burning or stinging sensation. It is common for patients to experience more than one symptom.
After consulting with our specialist at our office in Orlando, IPL Photofacial treatments may be recommended to treat your rosacea. The first signs of improvement in your rosacea may appear after about one or two weeks. For the best results, it is recommended that you have a series of treatment sessions that are spaced a set amount of time apart. You may feel the tiny light pulses mostly during the first treatment and less during subsequent treatments. Once the expected results are achieved, the effects may last up to one year or more, depending on the situation.
Since an IPL Photofacial does not damage the top layers of skin, it is not considered to be an ablative procedure. This means it does not burn your skin. Because of this, the side effects are minimal. You may have some mild redness and swelling for one to two days. However, most patients can return to work or other normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.
In addition to rosacea, an IPL Photofacial can be used to treat age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, redness caused by broken capillaries and much more. Even if you have had rosacea for many years, an IPL Photofacial can help to treat it so you can have clear, smooth skin again.
Talk to the team at Nova Cosmetic Center in Orlando to learn more about how IPL Photofacial treatments can be used to address your rosacea. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office.