IPL Procedure in

Central Texas

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of common skin conditions, including but not limited to dark spots, rosacea, acne and signs of aging. This treatment works by delivering high intensity, non-coherent light with a range of wavelengths that target specific chromophores (skin components that absorb light).

IPL is similar to a laser treatment. However, a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths, like a photo flash. The light waves pass through the top layer of skin (epidermis) to the targeted pigmented or vascular area of the skin located in the second layer of skin (dermis). As the light penetrates down to the second layer of skin, it allows the cells to absorb its energy, heat up, and eventually destroy the pigmentation within the cell.

This technology uses filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores (skin components that absorb light). The light heats cells in the skin and breaks them down. The body then removes the damaged tissue naturally.

For most skin conditions, 3-6 treatments are needed about a month apart.

What to expect with IPL Therapy:

  • Most patients describe experiencing a fast, pinching sensation during treatment, feeling similar to an elastic band being “snapped” on the skin. The sensation is moderate and very tolerable. There is no need for injections or incisions, giving patients the bonus of no downtime required.
  • Your skin may be temperature sensitive for several days following treatment.
  • You may find that your cheeks and under eye areas are slightly puffy after treatment. You may use cold compresses (5 minutes on and 10 minutes off) several times an hour to help ease both redness and swelling. Sleeping with your head elevated for the first night will also help decrease any swelling you may experience.
  • Redness around the treated area for a few hours to days.
  • Minor bruising that may last up to two weeks.
  • Pigmented lesions may appear darker in color for a few weeks following each treatment. The pigment cells then will either flake off or break down to let the body absorb them naturally.

Choose Facial Plastic Surgery of

Central Texas

Located in Waco, TX, Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas offers advanced cosmetic surgery care. Serving patients throughout central Texas, Dr. Guy takes the time to explain procedures thoroughly and make his patients feel comfortable. Instead of traveling to Austin or Dallas, patients can receive state-of-the-art treatments close to home. In addition to IPL, Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas offers procedures including:

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