What is IPL?
A pulsed light system that is exceptionally effective for treating
pigment at a much more comfortable energy level. There is no need
to apply topical anesthetic or gel beforehand, and you can realize
superior results in just one or two treatments. The IPL
procedure is the next generation in pulsed light treatments.
What areas can be treated?
Virtually any part of your body with sun and age spots or freckles
can be safely treated. The face, chest, shoulders, and arms are
the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically
had the most sun exposure. Both discrete spots and skin densely
covered with freckles respond well to treatment.
What does the treatment do?
The visible light delivered by IPL is selectively absorbed
by the pigmented spots on your skin. It’s the heating of
the pigmented cells that causes the therapeutic effect.
Is it true that I’ll need to arrive
an hour early to apply a numbing cream?
No. Unlike other systems, IPL requires no topical anesthetic
or gels before treatment. Gel is messy, time consuming and uncomfortable.
What do treatments feel like?
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and
comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel
a mild, brief pinching sensation.
How long will the treatment take?
The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. And, since
there is no need to apply gel or any topical anesthetic, your
total appointment time can easily fit into your lunch hour.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, one or two treatments are sufficient to see dramatic
results. Additional treatments may be required for very large
or dark spots or for densely covered areas.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken.
You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This
typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of
the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake
off. Consult with your medical professional for complete information
on the benefits and risks of treatment.
Will the spots reappear over time?
No. New spots may appear. These too can be removed. Remember to
liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage
and the appearance of new spots.
Can all of my spots be treated this way?
Spots formed by sun exposure can effectively be treated with IPL. There are, however, other types of pigmented lesions,
such as birthmarks and moles. Consult with your medical professional
to identify the spots most likely to respond well to Solar Genesis.
When will I see results?
Most patients find the majority of their treated spots have shown
significant improvement within two to three weeks of treatment.
However, your final result may not be apparent for a month or