For patients with vascular imperfections such as redness or facial veins that prevent you from looking or feeling your best, IPL treatment can help.

At Waccamaw Medical Spa, we are proud to offer Palomar ICON laser skin treatments in the form of IPL or Intense Pulsed Light.

What is IPL treatment?
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment, also known as Photofacial treatment, is designed to gently and effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions including acne scars, sunspots, pigmentation, signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It can also be used to treat redness, rosacea, stretch marks, and vascular irregulates.

IPL treatments work to rejuvenate the appearance, texture, and condition of your skin and can be applied to different areas of the body such as the face, neck, hands, and chest.

The Palomar ICON 1540 is a non-ablative laser, meaning it can penetrate deeper into the skin without harming surrounding tissues. The light emitted from this IPL treatment is also less focused and scattered compared to other forms of laser treatments. This significantly reduces the chance of damaging the top layer of your skin. These light waves can also be adjusted and controlled to address your skin concerns.

How does treatment work?
During treatment, the light waves are filtered to target certain cells beneath the skin. This energy is absorbed into the cells and converted to heat. The heat then damages the cell walls stimulating your body’s natural healing response to rejuvenate the skin by producing new collagen and elastin cells improving skin tone, texture, and volume.

The length of treatment will depend on your condition and the area being treated, however typically lasts 30 minutes. Depending on your desired results and targeted area, you may need 3-6 treatment sessions scheduled at least a month apart to allow the skin to heal.

What is the recovery process like?
There is minimal downtime and most patients can return to their regular activities following treatment. The treated area may be red and sensitive for a few hours similar to the feeling and appearance of a sunburn.

Some common side effects of IPL treatment include bruising, blistering, and permanent changes in skin tone. The results of treatment can be expected to appear several weeks after the last appointment. The results are clearer, younger-looking skin. To maintain results, we recommend patients follow all post-care instructions and maintain good skincare with proper sunscreen protectant applied daily and diligently.

For more information on facial veins and our treatment options or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.