Sunspots and other discolorations in the skin are darkened areas where melanin is highly concentrated. Exposure to the sun often accelerates the production of melanin in age spots and freckles. As we age, these discolorations become more and more pronounced.
Removing freckles or sunspots involves surgery and can actually result in injury scars that eventually become discolored patches. An alternative treatment is photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light. IPL photorejuvenation is a proven method for stimulating healthier skin growth. It can help to smooth out wrinkles, increase collagen production and even diminish the appearance of spots and freckles. If you have skin that is discolored due to overexposure to the sun, IPL photorejuvenation may be able to help.
Choosing the Right Treatment
There are many different skin treatment options available to you, but before you choose one over the others, you should consult with us. We can look closely at your skin and determine what is causing the discolorations. The depth of the scars, sunspots or freckles is important because not all treatments are effective at the deeper layers of the skin or at the level of the underlying support tissues.
Photorejuvenation using IPL is effective for most skin types because the instrument used can be specially calibrated to send only certain wavelengths of light energy into and beneath the skin. The skin layers differ in composition, tone and density. Each layer will absorb light energy of a specific wavelength, but not a broad-spectrum beam.
How IPL Photorejuvenation Evens Out Skin Tone
The instrument is calibrated to send out a variety of frequencies. Some of these wavelengths are absorbed by each layer of skin while others penetrate more deeply before being absorbed.
The lamp is flashed briefly, and the energy is absorbed by the targeted tissue. The lamp is flashed several times before being moved to the next area to be treated. The sensation is similar to being snapped with a rubber band. The energy is absorbed by the skin cells, the cells of the capillaries and the collagen that is present. The body responds as if it is being slightly injured. Nutrients are rushed to the site, and over the next few weeks, healthier skin growth occurs.
After a series of treatments – each of which usually lasting only about 30 minutes – the slightly cauterized cells are replaced. Sunspots become less and less noticeable because the cells that make up this tissue are slowly being replaced with normal skin tissue.
A Non-Surgical Alternative
Some of the skin treatments available involve plumping, the use of chemicals or an abrasive substance. The latter strips away the epidermis, but does not treat discolorations that lie deeper within the skin. IPL photorejuvenation solves this problem because the energy can be focused at a deeper level, far beneath the epidermis.
Unlike chemical peels, IPL is suitable for all skin types. It will not result in bleached skin. Dermal fillers and plumping agents smooth the skin, but do not address the problem of discolored regions.
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At Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa, we often prefer this method of treatment for sunspots and freckles because no surgery is involved and because there is no downtime after the procedure is complete. Schedule an appointment at our office in Newnan to learn more about how IPL photorejuvenation can significantly reduce the appearance of sun-related spots, freckles and even injury scars. Contact us today to book your consultation!