Intense Pulsed Light

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Wyomissing PA and Reading PA

IPL procedure

Scars and blemishes originate from many sources.

Acne, burns, scrapes, and other trauma can cause unsightly marks on the skin. Intense Pulsed Light technology (IPL) is a highly versatile, safe, effective non-invasive modality for treating many dermal irregularities. If you have vascular or pigmented lesions, post inflammatory pigmentation or pigment from acne, or epidermal atrophy associated with photoaging, then IPL may be the perfect solution for you.

Skin Care by Alyce also treats instances of acne, rosacea and actinic keratoses with Intense Pulsed Light. As a Registered Nurse, Alyce Versagli has studied the myriad skin aberrations that may arise. Alyce may be able to identify custom treatments for your complexion concerns. For a cosmetic consultation in Wyomissing, PA, contact our office.

About

When your skin gets cut, it heals by creating scar tissue to patch your wounds. Your body produces a surge of collagen to repair the broken skin. This repair rarely matches the tone or complexion you have cared for over the years. Scar tissue that looks and feels different than its surrounding skin is called hypertrophic scarring.[1]

When scar tissue grows above the surface level of the skin, it creates a raised formation called a keloid. Both keloids and hypertrophic scars can be reduced with the help of Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is also helpful in treating photoaging, which results from exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet rays can color your skin unevenly, creating age spots and discolored splotches.

IPL works by concentrating light energy to target blemishes on your skin. The light heats up unwanted skin formations in order to remove them gently and effectively. The pulsing nature of the light minimizes discomfort; the energy bursts are so quick you barely feel the heat.

IPL vs. Laser Treatments

The main difference between laser skin resurfacing and IPL treatment is the wavelength of the light being used.[2] IPL employs a wider array of wavelengths than lasers, so it can treat more than one type of blemish at a time. The IPL method passes through the epidermis, or surface level of your skin, leaving it undamaged. IPL is able to penetrate deep into the dermis, the second layer of your skin, to treat your specific skin concerns. 

Benefits

The energy from Intense Pulsed Light helps create an even skin tone by erasing acne scars, broken capillary markings, and liver spots. Skin Care by Alyce uses IPL to restore your youthful complexion, free of the blemishes that bother you most.

In addition to targeting scars and spider veins, IPL can remove freckles and birthmarks at a subdermal level. As a Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Alyce Versagli can help you achieve a more even coloration. When you undergo hormonal changes, dark spots on your skin may develop as a result. Alyce can use Intense Pulsed Light to treat these blemishes and attain uniformity of your complexion.

IPL is also instrumental in removing unwanted hair at the follicular level. If you need help removing neck, back, or facial hair, then IPL could be a wonderful benefit to you.

Candidates

Healthy individuals who are ready to treat blemishes and discolorations of the skin are great candidates for Intense Pulsed Light treatment. Alyce warns against using IPL technology if you are pregnant or prone to light-induced seizures. 

IPL treatment should also be avoided for active herpes within the affected areas. If you have or are recovering from an infection, you may not be the right candidate for IPL. People with darker skin types (according to the Fitzpatrick scale) may not be eligible for Intense Pulsed Light therapy.

Schedule Your Personal Consultation

To determine if any of the above exceptions may prevent you from receiving IPL treatments, schedule your consultation with Alyce Versagli. Her knowledge of conditions such as rosacea, acne, and liver spots, is comprehensive. Alyce’s skin care expertise can be applied to everyone from teenagers to more mature individuals.

Skin Care by Alyce is dedicated to our continued mastery of cosmetic skin care.

We often post our thoughts and findings on our Blog, so please check back often. Alyce believes in maintaining open communication with her clients, whether it is online, in person, or via phone. Call her Pennsylvania clinic at (610) 685-2575 to start a conversation about your aesthetic needs

Preparation

During your consultation, Alyce will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the day of your IPL procedure. Every case is different, but you may be advised to discontinue taking St. John’s Wort or NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

You are not a candidate for Intense Pulsed Light if you are on accutane or medications that cause photosensitivity.

It is best that you avoid exposure to direct sunlight prior to your IPL procedure. Light energy can irritate sunburned or irritated skin. You may need to skip your waxing session if it will aggravate the site of your upcoming IPL treatment. Alyce will advise you to stop using tanning beds or certain products during your preparation period.

It may also be necessary to postpone enhancements such as collagen injections until after your Intense Pulsed Light therapy is completed. Please consult our Complementary Procedures section below for more details.

Procedure

Alyce will provide you with a pair of dark glasses to wear during your procedure. Please wear them as instructed and follow the directions of your trained aesthetic staff throughout each session. Your skin will be cleaned and treated with a cooling gel before any light energy is applied to it. 

You may be advised not to wear perfumes, deodorants, or other skin irritants on the day of your procedure. Depending on the extent of your session, Alyce may apply a numbing cream to the site. You can discuss this during your comprehensive consultation.

An Intense Pulsed Light session lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area you are treating. Alyce will apply the IPL device directly and gently against the treatment site to assure accuracy and efficacy.

Recovery

To promote the best recovery, you may be asked to refrain from makeup application immediately following your IPL session. Instead, you will be advised to use ice packs or a soft washcloth to cool the affected area. 

It is normal to feel a slight sunburn sensation from Intense Pulsed Light, but this will subside after about four hours following your treatment session. Alyce may recommend the use of sunscreen and other moisturizers in the weeks following your IPL procedure.

During the recovery period, your dark spots may change in shape and size, but they will eventually peel off.

Since light energy procedures are non-invasive, you do not need to worry about downtime. Most IPL recipients are able to resume their normal, everyday activities immediately following a session.

Results

To enjoy the optimal results of Intense Pulsed Light therapy, you may want to consider multiple sessions. Most clients return for three to six treatments. If you are using IPL as a way to remedy unwanted hair growth, the results will vary depending on the nature of your hair. Darker, thicker strands are easier to remove with Intense Pulsed Light than lighter, thinner hairs.

Recipients of IPL enjoy lustrous results following treatment. Dark spots and scars are reduced or erased, leaving a consistent tableau of clear, radiant skin.

Complementary Procedures

Intense Pulsed Light helps eradicate the scars left behind by blemishes such as acne. If you struggle with pimples or other related blemishes, consider tackling the problem before it leads to scarring.

Skin Care by Alyce offers the best Acne Treatment services in Wyomissing, Pennsyslvania.

While IPL delivers remarkable results for those with discoloration spots, you may also wrestle with uneven skin texture. In these cases, a Chemical Peel may be more appropriate to address your concerns. Regardless of your cosmetic needs, Alyce Versagli can recommend the best course of action for your skincare needs. Call (610) 685-2575 to discuss your aesthetic goals with one of our helpful, friendly staff members.

The Cost of IPL in Wyomissing, PA

If you are curious about the pricing or financing of Intense Pulsed Light therapy, please consult our aesthetic care team. We also offer Specials for certain procedures, so please check back often.

FAQ

Is IPL painful?

Alyce Versagli prides herself on administering the best skin care with the most gentle techniques. Some people report minor discomfort during an Intense Pulsed Light session, but others describe it as a slight pinch, akin to the snapping of a rubber band. To discuss your questions and concerns, please contact Skin Care by Alyce in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Are Intense Pulsed Light treatments safe?

Yes, IPL represents a huge step forward in skin care. Safer than lasers and UV treatments of years past, Intense Pulsed Light therapy can remove unwanted blemishes and discolorations, as well as acne scars and unsightly hair. Call (610) 685-2575 for more information.

References

  1. Erol, O.O., Gurlek, A., Agaoglu, G. et al. (2008). Treatment of Hypertrophic Scars and Keloids Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 32(6), 902–909. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-008-9161-7 
  2. Babilas, P., Schreml, S., Szeimies, R.M., & Landthaler, M.(2010). Intense pulsed light (IPL): A review. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 42 (2), 93-104.
  3. Ash, C., Town, G., Whittall, R., Tooze, L., & Phillips, J. (2017). Lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) association with cancerous lesions. Lasers in Medical Science. 32(8), 1927–1933. doi: 10.1007/s10103-017-2310-y