Articles Tagged: IPL Los Angeles

 

How to Treat and Prevent Sunburns

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

As temperatures go up, we turn to the beach for relief from the sweltering days of summer. However, soaking up the sun for extended periods of time can cause long lasting damage to your skin.  Excessive sun exposure can accelerate the signs of aging and make you vulnerable to developing certain kinds of cancer. Sunburns can also be quite a painful experience as your skin peels and blisters as it attempts to heal itself. In order to protect your skin, it is absolutely essential to wear sun protection when you are outdoors. Of course, I recognize that not all sun exposure is inherently bad for you. After all, our skin has the unique ability to convert UVB rays into a form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D isn’t readily available in most diets, and our bodies use it to strengthen bones and boost immunity.

If you have developed a sunburn, we recommend treating the burns immediately. As soon as you recognize that your skin feels painful and irritated, you should get out of the sun and apply a cold compress to the affected areas.  After waiting for a few minutes, apply an over the counter hydrocortisone cream to reduce swelling and inflammation. Over the next few days, keep your body hydrated with plenty of fluids and apply aloe vera directly onto the skin to soothe sunburned areas.

Following the combination of these steps will help alleviate the pain and irritation associated with sunburns. However, if you develop a sunburn, the true damage to the skin may not be visible immediately. Sun spots occur when melanin accumulates just underneath the skin surface, and over time it rises to the topmost layers of the skin.

IPL is one way you can treat the patches of brown discoloration caused by the sun. This therapy works by directing light energy at the unwanted pigment and it dramatically improves the clarity of your skin.

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.

Video: Beautiful and Flawless Skin with IPL Photofacial

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.

IPL May Fill the Bill to Clearer Skin

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

While BOTOX and derma fillers seem to get all the good press, we shouldn’t forget about another non-invasive procedure that might be just the choice for you. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is another popular treatment for several specific conditions. In fact, IPL may treat several conditions at the same time.

Vascular conditions, such as broken capillaries (spider veins), sun or age spots; rosacea; some loss of firmness; and enlarged pores are all treatable with a series of IPL sessions. This treatment is not the same as the laser but it does use high-intensity light and heat to penetrate below the outer layer of skin and, actually, damage the melatonin that causes brown spots or the blood vessels that create broken capillaries.

Then when the skin repairs or rejuvenates itself, the brown spots or broken veins disappear leaving the new skin clearer and more even-toned. Additionally, the IPL process may also stimulate the production of your body’s own collagen and create a firmer, tighter connective structure for your skin.

IPL is a process and the greatest success comes over a period of three to six treatments, at three to four week intervals. Each procedure, lasting about 30 minutes, reveals more and more noticeable results and you can decide when you’ve attained your optimum outcome.

Another consideration in selecting intense pulsed light treatments is affordability. Because IPL performs several different functions it’s usually less costly, overall, than the laser and, therefore, a good procedure to explore first.

As with all cosmetic dermatology treatments, every patient has different tolerances for discomfort. A cooling gel will be applied to the area, during the process.

As for side-effects, they are, usually, minimal and may include some temporary redness and minor swelling which may be covered with make-up.