From even tone to smoother skin, IPL treatment shines by erasing stubborn sun damage in Westlake Village CA
“Pigment” refers to the color. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to your skin, hair, and eyes. Special cells or melanocytes produce melanin; however, when melanocytes are damaged, the amount of pigment produced naturally by your body is affected. Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. Skin Care Centre treats the results of damage caused by the skin’s exposure to Ultraviolet light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds. Melanocytes respond to UV exposure by producing more melanin. Clusters of melanin can appear as freckles or brown “age” spots. Advanced IPL treatment at our Westlake Village CA office effectively improves the appearance of or eliminates cumulative sun damage, and other pigment problems. Dr. Panagotacos has also invested in the latest Intense Pulsed Light systems, such as the ICON multi-platform by Palomar Cynosure, which gets results on not only stubborn discoloration, but goes to work on dry, leathery skin, fine lines and deeper wrinkles, and other signs of aging and sun damage.
Shedding light on IPL
Unlike other light-based devices, such as lasers, IPL technology applies multiple wavelengths of light to treat pigment-related problems caused by harmful (non-therapeutic) light from the sun’s rays or sources like sunlamps. IPL’s “pulses” of light are delivered precisely to the treatment area on cleansed and prepared skin. Glasses protect your eyes from pulsed light emitted by the IPL device. Treatments can be completed over your lunch hour, and the number of sessions required to get the results you want varies from person to person, and how the skin responds to treatment. Total sessions also depend on the type and severity of the problem you wish to treat, including:
- Telangiectasias (broken capillaries)
- Cherry angiomas (“red moles”)
Following post-procedure instructions provided by your doctor also helps to keep treatment on track.
Of course, one of the best things you can do for your skin’s beauty and health is to prevent damage from sunlight and other environmental factors. Our team is happy to consult with you on a tailored skin care regimen and products to protect your skin, stopping a freckle from forming or a freckle from turning into a “static” age spot that sticks around regardless of season. It’s also important to keep up with annual skin checks at our office. A harmless mole, age spot, red splotch or dry patch can actually be indicative of a precancerous lesion or skin cancer.
Skin protection also helps to prolong the beautiful results from treatment! Call 805-379-DERM (3376) to schedule your consultation at the Westlake Village CA office of Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. Skin Care Centre.