Banish Summer Sun Damage With IPL Therapy

Oct 06, 2023
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Have brown spots, red blotches, enlarged pores, freckles, or wrinkles taken up residence on your skin after years of sun exposure? If so, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can help undo the damage and restore your skin’s youthful glow.

At New York Laser and Skin Clinic in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, skincare expert Gina Molinari and her team offer IPL therapy using the best-in-class Energist UltraPlus VPL™ system. 

Here, they break down how it works. But first, a refresher on how the sun affects your skin.

Understanding sun damage

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause DNA changes to your skin at a cellular level. Over time, these changes build up, causing signs of damage to your skin’s top layer.

How IPL therapy works

Intense pulsed light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that attacks sun damage on multiple levels:

Targeting pigmentation

Intense pulsed light therapy uses intense pulses of broad-spectrum light to target and break down the excess melanin responsible for brown spots and freckles. This gentle yet powerful treatment leaves your skin looking clearer and more even-toned.

Stimulating collagen

Sun-damaged skin often lacks the youthful plumpness and elasticity it once had. IPL therapy stimulates collagen production, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen levels rise, your skin becomes smoother and more supple.

Shrinking pores and reducing redness

Enlarged pores and redness are also signs of sun damage. IPL works its magic by constricting blood vessels and reducing the size of pores, giving your skin a smoother, more refined texture.

What to expect during your treatment

Each IPL session is quick and painless. Your skin is cleansed, and a gel is applied to the treatment area. Next, your specialist glides the IPL device over your skin damage. The device delivers precise pulses of light to your skin. Many patients describe the sensation as a mild snapping of a rubber band, which is well-tolerated.

What to expect after treatment

Your skin might appear slightly red or swollen immediately after the procedure, but this should subside within a few hours to a day. 

Most patients see their best results with several treatments. Your skin's unique needs determine the specific number of treatments. Your New York Laser and Skin Clinic provider can advise you on this.

To learn what IPL can do for you, book an appointment at New York Laser and Skin Clinic. Either call us or request an appointment using the online booking tool.