Sunspots (lentigos) and freckles are caused by accumulated sun damage of the skin over one’s lifetime. Sunspots contribute to the aged appearance of sun-damaged skin. The appearance of both sunspots and freckles can be diminished with pigment-specific lasers.
Intense Pulsed Light refers to a non-laser, broadband, light treatment using energy in the visible and near-infrared light spectrum. It is best as a treatment for overall photoaging, and is often called photorejuvenation or “Photofacial”.
IPL also improves skin texture, often reducing pore size and fine lines. It is the only effective option to improve redness and flushing from rosacea, as medications do not affect these symptoms. It is not for deeply pigmented skin. Dr. Pennoyer regularly updates her equipment to deliver the most state of the art lasers and light based therapies.
IPL is a no-downtime treatment to improve red and brown discolorations.
Detailed instructions will be provided for post-treatment care. A mild, sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually lasts 2–24 hours, but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2–3 days. In rare cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.
The lesion may initially look raised and/or darker with a reddened perimeter. Apply cool/ice compresses to treatment areas for 10–15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, if needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation (baggies filled with peas work well).
The lesion is usually healed in 7–10 days. It will continue to fade over the next 2–4 weeks. No sun exposure following treatment for 2 weeks. Please plan to use sun block of at least 15 SPF for unavoidable sun exposure.
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