The Versatility of IPL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or “Photofacial” treatments have gained popularity in recent years for patients desiring to correct pigmentation and textural irregularities in their skin. IPL targets redness from vessels as well as brown pigment from sun damage. One major challenge with certain IPL technology is the inability to treat a variety of skin types and conditions due to set wavelengths that are only suitable for certain skin types and conditions. For example, patients with darker skin types are sometimes unable to have IPL because the treatments are either ineffective or harmful. Recently, advances in IPL technology have made it possible for more patients to achieve significant results without harming their skin. Specifically, the Cutera Limelight IPL has a variable wavelength and treatment modes which make it possible to treat dark and tan skin for vascular or pigmentation irregularities. At the same time, patients are able to achieve skin rejuvenation and improvements in texture.
One leading dermatologist out of Walnut Creek, CA points out how patients’ skin conditions change during the course of treatment. For example, as the “target” of treatment lightens and fades (sun spots or vessels), the treatment mode needs to be adjusted to target the lighter pigment. Many existing IPL machines have set wavelengths and treatment parameters that make it impossible to accommodate the changes that occur in the skin over the course of treatment. The Cutera Limelight is able to accommodate these changes with its variable wavelength and settings. Patients are therefore able to achieve superior results using Cutera technology than with other, more limited machinery.
Another dermatologist out of Tokyo who treats mostly Asian skin types has found Cutera technology to be effective and safe in treating her patients. It is challenging to find IPL technology that can treat darker skin types or tanned skin without risks to patients. The Cutera Limelight treatment is able to effectively treat a variety of vascular and pigmentation irregularities on darker skin types without presenting risks. This dermatologist has been impressed with how the Limelight has been able to fade light to dark pigmented lesions on her patients with darker skin.
If you are interested in having IPL treatments, it is important to find a reputable clinic with superior technology that is safe and effective for your skin. As well, make sure an experienced laser technician is on staff to perform IPL treatments. Contact Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your Cutera Limelight Photofacial!
Post provided by Bonny Domoto, L.E.