Intense pulsed light Lasers (IPL) are light-based devices that target different cells to reduce or eliminate pigmentation, scars, redness, wrinkles and textural abnormalities. Each wavelength used is unique to a specific problem. The laser relies on pulsed-dye energy to pick up the brown, red and pink pigment in brownspots, broken capillaries, scars, redness and ruddy complexions to make the skin more uniform in color.
“Lasers are one of the best tools we have available to erase the signs of damage.” – Dr. Julie Russak, MD, FAAD
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS LHR?
Sends a beam of pulsating energy to skin that’s absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle to kill the base of the root, which stops hair production. If you hair is gray or light, laser hair removal may not work since it will not recognize the color.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Pulsed-dye lasers feel like a rubber band snap on the skin. They can cause some slight bruising to the treated area. You’ll notice an immediate decrease in broken blood vessels, less redness and a softer texture. Three to five treatments are recommended.
With most lasers, your doctor will numb the area to be treated with a topical numbing cream. Once you notice a slight tingling sensation or coldness (that means the area is numb), your doctor will hold the hand-piece against your skin. As the energy is emitted onto skin you may feel some discomfort or pain, signaling that the laser is working.
Brownspots- Skin may look pink after treatment. Four to seven days after, the treated areas will darken, scab and fall off. Redness & Broken Capillaries- the site will be pink for a few hours, but there is no downtime associated with treatment.