Age spots, redness, broken blood vessels, rosacea and brown spots—years in the sun inevitably bring unwelcome changes and additions to our skin. At Advanced Liposuction Center we offer a way to rid yourself of these unsightly marks and return to more youthful, unblemished skin. The technique, Intense Pulse Light Therapy, is safe and requires no surgery. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about this treatment:

How does Intense Pulse Light Therapy work?

Multiple wavelengths of light are applied to the skin to reduce sun damage to the skin.

What areas of the body can be improved with this treatment?

Many patients, male and female, choose Intense Pulse Light Therapy to improve the appearance of the skin on their face. It can also be used to help eliminate unwanted marks and spots on the hands, neck and chest.

Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy painful?

Patients report that they experience a stinging sensation, similar to the feeling of a small rubber band being snapped against the skin, when the pulses of light are applied to the skin. Anesthetic cream applied to the skin 30-60 minutes before the treatment will decrease any discomfort.

How long is the procedure?

A treatment usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. After cleaning the area and applying a cool gel to the skin, the Intense Pulse Light Therapy device is gently applied to the skin and the light pulses administered. Patients are given dark glasses to wear to protect the eyes. Generally a series of three to six treatments (spaced approximately a month apart) are needed to achieve the best results.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Patients usually experience redness and possibly pinpoint bruising immediately after the procedure. Some brown spots may at first appear darker but then will peel off after a few days. Patients may choose to return for a “touch up” treatment once a year or so.

Can complexion correction help improve acne scars or pigmentation?

Yes, complexion correction can help improve acne scars and pigmentation. Acne scars and hyperpigmentation are common skin concerns that can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Complexion correction treatments, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing, can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation.

Chemical peels use a chemical solution to exfoliate the outer layer of skin, revealing smoother, more even-toned skin underneath. They can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation by stimulating cell turnover and promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

Microdermabrasion involves using a special tool to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. It can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation by smoothing out the skin’s texture and improving its overall tone and color.

Laser resurfacing uses laser technology to remove the outer layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells. It can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation by promoting collagen production and improving skin texture and tone.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of complexion correction treatments on acne scars and pigmentation can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s skin type and tone. A consultation with a qualified skincare professional can help determine the best course of treatment for each individual case.

How can one maintain the results of complexion correction treatments?

To maintain the results of complexion correction treatments, it is important to follow a consistent skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, and sun protection. This can help prevent new skin concerns from developing and prolong the effects of the treatment. Avoiding sun exposure and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen can help prevent further damage to the skin and protect against hyperpigmentation. Regular maintenance treatments, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, can also help prolong the results of complexion correction.

How can I find out if I am a good candidate for Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?

Contact any of our Pittsburgh area offices by calling: 724-683-7581. We offer free consultations with our expert cosmetic surgeons who will help you determine the best treatment option.