Articles Tagged: ipl
Posted on October 17, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are widely used as effective ways to remove unwanted hair. However, unlike the highly focused energy produced by lasers, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light energy, making it useful for many non-invasive cosmetic purposes.
IPL is an effective way to remove spider veins and is also widely used to rejuvenate the complexion and improve the overall tone and appearance of the skin.
The degree to which light energy produced by IPL is absorbed by skin cells largely depends on the pigmentation of each cell. Since excess skin pigmentation is pretty much the definition of “freckles,” IPL can be very useful as a way to treat unwanted freckles.
Of course, we’re not saying that freckles are necessarily unwanted – they’re often regarded as highly desirable by many, but not by everyone.
Different Types of Freckles
Freckles are small areas of skin with a distinctly darker color than surrounding skin. They’re more likely to be present, or at least more visible, on the face, arms, and shoulders of people with lighter skin color and light blonde or red hair. Yet, they’re also quite common in people with other skin tones, including those with very dark complexions. They’re more likely to appear when the skin is exposed to the sun and often have a genetic component, particularly amongst those of Celtic origin.
They’re not an indication of any health problems, but merely indicate that the skin’s melatonin, which is responsible for skin color, is not distributed uniformly. Freckles can be varied colors, ranging from yellow, orange, and red, to brown, and even black.
There are actually two main categories of freckles:
Ephelides freckles are flat, lighter-colored spots that appear in the summer months and fade during the winter.
Lentigines are darker spots that remain present regardless of exposure to the sun. Lentigines can develop after sunburn or sun damage.
How Does IPL Remove Freckles?
IPL is the most effective way to treat freckles. Light energy is more efficiently absorbed by darker areas of pigmentation in the skin and breaks down the excess melanin that forms the basis of each freckle. Adjacent areas of skin that do not contain excess melanin remain unaffected.
The larger the contrast between skin and freckle color, the easier it is to correct pigmentation imbalance using IPL. It’s still effective when used on people with darker complexions, but may be less effective on patients with very dark skin color, or who have deep suntans.
During IPL treatment, a cooling gel or light anesthetic is applied to the skin to reduce discomfort. Each IPL treatment takes around 30 minutes.
You may need three to five IPL treatments before the results are complete. The number of treatments depends on the size of the treatment area, or whether you’re hoping just to fade freckles or want them removed entirely. Multiple treatments are typically spaced out and performed after three to six weeks have passed.
What Happens After an IPL Treatment?
Individual pigmented spots may appear to darken immediately following an IPL treatment, but they will fade away over time. Your skin may appear red or slightly swollen immediately after treatment, but these symptoms usually disappear the same or next day. You’ll be able to resume normal activities right away.
Other Health Considerations
Although freckles are harmless, there are other types of skin problems that appear similar to freckles. Although typically not causes for alarm, skin pigmentation changes are not necessarily benign – you should immediately consult your doctor or dermatologist if you suspect that skin spots have recently appeared or grown.
In some cases, they might be caused by melanoma or other skin cancers; rapid diagnosis and treatment are very important in these cases.
Remove Freckles With IPL in Los Angeles
As such, for other non-invasive treatments, seeing an experienced and qualified practitioner is essential for freckle removal. Not only to choose the most effective treatment but also to ensure that any other skin problems are correctly diagnosed.
Your Laser Skin Care is delighted to evaluate your freckles and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. To learn more about the IPL Photofacial, contact our office at 323-525-1516 to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on September 4, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Pores help to keep skin looking healthy, but large pores can spoil the appearance of even the best complexion, causing distress and frustration to many men and women.
What Causes Large Pores?
Oily skin is typically caused by overactive sebaceous glands creating excess oil, which causes pores to expand.
In addition to this genetic cause, the size of skin pores can be influenced by:
- Hormonal changes
- Poor skin hygiene
- Excess sunlight
- Living in extreme climates
- Normal aging process
While hot, humid climates increase sweat and oil production, cold, dry climates can also increase oil production as the body tries to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.
Whatever the cause, large pores are regarded as cosmetically undesirable and are more likely to become clogged with oil and dirt, increasing the chance of developing acne.
How to Control the Size of Pores?
Careful use of skincare products adapted to your skin type can reduce oil production and help control the size of pores. But it’s hard to find an effective long-term solution to this problem. Using cosmetics to camouflage large pores can also eventually exacerbate the problem.
Pores can be reduced in size by taking measures to unclog your pores, reduce oil production from skin glands, and by stimulating cell renewal and collagen production in the skin. Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are recognized as effective ways to accomplish these goals.
How Can IPL Help?
Intense light pulses have the effect of rejuvenating the skin and are able to penetrate deep into the skin, killing bacteria and stimulating collagen production. The result is improved skin tone, reduced oil production, and an eventual reduction in the size of size pores. Light pulses are focused on the skin cell layers responsible for cell renewal, without harming the surface layers of the skin.
Individual IPL procedures normally take no longer than 20 minutes, and although multiple treatments are typically required, results usually become apparent within a week or two of the first treatment.
The IPL procedures we offer have several benefits in addition to shrinking skin pores. They can also help correct visible skin imperfections and improve skin tone.
Get IPL in Los Angeles
For more information about IPL in Los Angeles, contact Your Laser Skin Care for a free consultation. We can show you how to use IPL to address your particular skin issues and answer your questions about this and other non-invasive procedures that we offer.
Posted on July 25, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
The benefits of IPL Photofacial treatments start to become apparent in the 24 hours following each procedure and continue to evolve in the days and weeks that follow.
Although IPL Photofacials require very little to no recovery time, there are definitely things you should (and should not) be doing to ensure you derive the maximum benefits from this facial, while minimizing the chance of negative side effects. We recommend that you pay careful attention to the following tips.
Keep Cool and Avoid the Sun
Avoid both direct and indirect sunlight as much as possible during the 30-day healing period. Sunlight can not only prevent your skin from healing properly but can more easily cause new damage during this time.
Your skin will be especially sensitive to sunlight following the treatment. To avoid sunburn during this vulnerable time, you must protect your skin for at least 30 days after each treatment by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Ensure that your skin remains protected and apply sunscreen as often as needed to maintain protection. Using broad (or full) spectrum sunscreen will give protection against both UVA and UVB rays and is necessary even if you avoid direct sunlight.
Too much heat is also bad for your skin as it tries to heal and regenerate. This means you must avoid hot baths or showers for several days after each treatment. You should also avoid strenuous exercise during this time, as excess sweat increases your chances of infection, while potentially delaying the healing process.
If you have any redness, swelling, itching, or burning following an IPL treatment, applying aloe vera gel or cold compresses can help. If these symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, you should contact your doctor.
Be Gentle on your Skin and Allow Time to Heal
Do not apply makeup immediately after an IPL facial treatment. It’s best to try and minimize (or completely avoid) using makeup for the next 12 hours.
Keep skin clean by using a gentle cleanser twice a day, only use cold or warm water, and gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.
In addition to using sunscreen, ensure that you keep your skin protected at all times by using a gentle moisturizer.
During the week or so following an IPL facial treatment, any pigmented spots in the treated areas may darken in color before eventually peeling off.
Other blemishes may also become apparent before they eventually flake off. It is imperative not to scratch or pick at your skin during this time, or you will run the risk of infection, possibly resulting in new scars and imperfections.
Avoid Skin Irritants
As your skin heals, you should avoid any products with the risk of irritation, or which might interfere with the healing process. The list of potential irritants includes products high in Vitamin A, such as retinoic acid, Tretinoin (Retin-A), and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).
Skin exfoliants should also be avoided for at least a week after each treatment, whether chemical or mechanical.
If needed, an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can be used once or twice a day on any irritated areas, as long as the skin surface is intact.
Learn More About Our IPL in Los Angeles
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.
Posted on August 18, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
Say Goodbye to Sunspots
They say you can tell someone’s age by looking at their hands. We often forget to protect our hands from the sun in the same way as our face, which can lead to sunspots and a leathery, aged appearance.
In the same way they are used to treat sun damage on your face, IPL and chemical peels can both be used to rejuvenate your hands. We can help you determine which treatment is right for you based on your complexion and degree of sun damage.
Fill Out Thin, Wrinkled Hands
As you get older, your hands will likely lose volume and plumpness, leaving behind thin, crepey skin. Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane can create more youthful looking hands by replacing lost collagen and smoothing out wrinkles. Fillers are quick and pain free, and last around six months when injected into the hands – not quite as long as facial fillers since the hands are used frequently, causing the fillers to be metabolized more quickly.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on May 22, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
A patient describes her experience with the IPL photofacial for her dark spots and fine lines. Find out how this quick, minimally invasive procedure resulted in smooth, clear skin that lets our patient go makeup-free.
Posted on July 18, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Today’s women often juggle work, relationships, children, and active social lives—it’s easy to get stressed out when you’re that busy! And if we’re not careful, signs of stress can wreak havoc on our skin. Follow these tips to stay beautiful, even under stress.
1.Under Eye Bags
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, stress can make getting enough sleep a challenge, causing you to wake up with unsightly under eye bags. If you suffer from chronic under eye bags, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment offers a permanent solution.
2. Dry, Flaky Skin
Drinking enough water (not to mention less coffee) isn’t always easy when you’re super busy, but these habits can leave you with dry, dull, flaky skin. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day and using high-quality skin care products, like those from the SkinMedica range, can make a huge difference in your complexion.
3. Facial Acne
It’s a well-known fact that stress can make acne worse. Self-care measures, like eating well and drinking enough water, can go a long way towards keeping your skin clear. For more severe acne problems, chemical peels are a great option.
4. Rosacea and Flushing
Stress can certainly cause a flare-up of rosacea. If you suffer from rosacea, IPL can reduce persistent red undertones in your complexion.
5. Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Many people have a habit of making certain facial expressions when they’re stressed, such as furrowing the brow or pursing their lips. Over time, these unconscious expressions can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Taking good care of your skin and making a conscious effort to avoid certain facial expressions are important preventative measures, but Botox and fillers are the best tools for treating and preventing wrinkles.
Your Laser Skin Care Los Angeles will be happy to address any skin care issues or concerns you might have.
We specialize in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.