Acne scarring often becomes more pronounced as we age. Along with fine lines and wrinkles, these small scars tend to darken as the skin becomes thinner during the mature adult years. Resurfacing treatments are too abrasive for some individuals, so a gentler approach is sought.
Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is one of the newest, most effective treatment methods for smoothing out the skin surface and evening out the overall skin tone. Unlike laser therapy, IPL uses tightly focused beams of light with varying wavelengths. The procedure is non-invasive, does not involve the injection of chemicals, and is a repeatable procedure.
We recommend this type of skin rejuvenation treatment for those who are self-conscious about their facial appearance because of lingering acne scarring or other forms of hyperpigmentation.
How Light Therapy Works
Concentrated beams of light penetrate beneath the skin, and the energy is absorbed by the supporting tissue that lies beneath. This is where collagen is produced. When these layers of tissue are subjected to gentle heat energy, the tissues and collagen contract, but this actually stimulates new tissue growth and an increase in collagen. When the tissues contract, the skin is pulled taut, meaning that fine line wrinkles disappear.
The newer skin growth and healthier supportive tissue also mean clearer skin that is more even in tone. Acne scars become far less noticeable, especially after repeat treatments.
Who is a Candidate for IPL?
Those who have lighter skin and slight-to-moderate melanin levels are ideal candidates. We schedule a consultation prior to treatment to determine if IPL will result in skin discoloration.
Acne scars are leftovers from teenage skin problems. The skin cells keep reproducing damaged tissue. An IPL treatment can minimize the appearance of these scars because the overall skin tone becomes more even. Those who suffer from these small, dark blemishes are good candidates for IPL treatment.
During the Procedure
The client need not be sedated during the therapy session. The wand used for the treatment is connected to a monitoring station, and the light beam output is carefully programmed to deliver the right amount of heat energy as well as the appropriate wavelengths.
Each wavelength carries a specific amount of energy, and when properly calibrated, the light energy will be absorbed by the underlying tissue.
After the treatment is complete, we may prescribe a soothing ointment or moisturizer for the client to use. The treatment can be repeated if necessary, and there is no downtime between treatment sessions.
Find Out More About Intense Pulsed Therapy
This is a simple procedure that gently works to create healthier skin and supporting tissues. If you are wary of chemical peels, plumping fillers, and abrasive skin resurfacing treatments, contact the office of Dr. Nancy Shibayama M.D. to discuss the latest, safest alternative. A few sessions of IPL therapy may very well restore your face to its more youthful appearance, and those acne scars may become a thing of the past.