Dermatologist explains difference between intense pulsed light and laser therapies

difference between intense pulsed light and laser therapies
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Facial veins or redness are a couple reasons patients in Thousand Oaks, CA seek skin care treatment. Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. offers laser treatments for conditions such as these. The team at this dermatologic practice in Westlake Village provides intense pulsed light therapy (photofacials) and laser therapy. Many patients wonder what the difference between the two is.

IPL therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity light to improve various skin conditions. This includes vascular lesions, rosy cheeks, skin redness, freckles, age marks, wrinkles and lines on the face, brown and sun spots, and skin discoloration. IPL therapy also helps treat stretch and acne marks.

Patients undergo a series of treatments to rejuvenate their skin. They may have four to six sessions over the course of three to six weeks for desired results. One of the advantages of this therapy is patients experience minimal downtime. The procedure could be performed in less than an hour while the patient is on lunch break.

How does this procedure work? The intense pulsed light reaches the lower layers of skin, the dermis. It does so without having any effect on the skin’s top layer, the epidermis. Similar to laser therapy, the light energy is absorbed into skin cells. However, this is light therapy, not laser therapy.

If you wish to combat any of the aforementioned skin conditions, either of these therapies may be a good option for you. First, schedule a consultation. After a thorough skin examination, we will determine if either of these treatments is best for you. If you are considering these types of therapies, it’s important to keep a before and aftercare tip in mind: Avoid sun exposure in the weeks leading up to and after treatment.

Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D., offers an array of cosmetic services to help patients restore their youth and natural beauty. We serve patients in areas including Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, CA. To schedule an appointment, call (805) 379- DERM (3376).


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