IPL Laser Specialist

South Florida Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Coral Gables, FL & Miami, FL

IPL Laser Q & A

What is IPL?

IPL makes use of pulsed beams of light to penetrate the skin without damaging the surface of the skin, to treat a number of skin conditions from pigmentation, (the light is absorbed by the pigmentation causing melamin thus causing the melamin to break down) issues to wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other symptoms associated with ageing.  It is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including hair removal, photorejuvenation (treatment of skin pigmentation and sundamage) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne and treat thread veins (Rosacea) and to remove unwanted hair on the face and body.

IPL treatments are  becoming increasingly popular because they are non-invasive, fairly simple and generally require no down time.  Laser treatment of skin conditions can also produce results much faster that medications and topical ointments.

How can IPL treat rosacea?

IPL can treat a number of the symptoms of rosacea such as redness and swelling.  The pulsed light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the affected blood vessels and veins, thus damaging them.  The body is then able to reabsorb the damaged veins and this reduces the appearance of redness and swelling.

Factors to consider before you get IPL

The first thing to keep in mind if you are considering IPL treatment for rosacea, is that it is not a cure.  While some see a dramatic reduction in their symptoms, there is no guarantee that the result will be permanent.  There is always the possibility that you will need additional sessions of laser of light treatment in order to maintain clear skin.

Another factor that must be considered is whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.  Generally people with insulin dependent diabetes, blood clotting disorders or those who are prone to developing keloids, are unsuited to IPL treatment as these conditions put you at risk of developing an infection or can disrupt the healing process.

What to expect

The success of IPL treatment will depend on a number of factors such as the nature and severity of your rosacea, the amount of sundamage to your skin as well as lifestyle factors like whether you take good care of your skin.  It is important to start treatment with realistic expectations of  the outcome.  Our doctors and associates will be able to assess your condition and give you a clear idea of what to expect.