In a culture that seems to demand some sort of investment at every turn, it’s easy to put personal things on the backburner in attempt to save a little money. However, when your self-confidence and personal image is at stake, you may find yourself leaning towards making that investment rather than struggling with low self-esteem. Your skin says a lot about you and if age spots, broken blood vessels, lack of tone, or even Rosacea bother you, there’s a good chance you already know what a difference being proud of your skin makes.
If you are are considering Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL), you are probably wondering how much time and money you’ll have to commit before seeing any results.
Can You Trust Your Skin to IPL Therapy?
IPL has been proven to be effective for over 90 percent of the population. Originally used to control hair growth, over the years it has been shown to be incredibly effective as an anti-aging, anti-acne and even anti-Rosacea treatment. There is no downtime and no harmful chemical side effects. It is a virtually risk-free experience.
Youthful Skin is Closer than You Think
Unlike other more damaging procedures, IPL takes a few sessions in order to see results. The amount of time you’ll need to commit is largely dependent on what you are trying to accomplish, along with the condition of your skin and how your body responds to the procedure.
Those looking to retexture their skin and experience the lifting that occurs when the cells are stimulated to produce more collagen can expect to commit to 2 to 4 sessions spread over 4 to 6 weeks. Those who are looking to remove broken capillaries or brown spots will see results after 2 to 8 sessions every 2 to 6 weeks. Finally, those who struggle with Rosacea and acne will find relief after roughly 2 to 6 sessions every 1 to 3 weeks. When you consider the dramatic difference that IPL can make, the time frame for improvement is quite impressive.
Does IPL Hurt?
Each session begins with the licensed clinician applying a soothing gel that helps to numb the skin before the light is applied. Although it’s a relatively painless procedure, those with sensitive skin or people being treated for Rosacea may experience a burning sensation or a ‘snapping’ feeling that has been described as similar to the flick of an elastic band. The session lasts for approximately thirty minutes to an hour depending on the area that is being treated. If you have time constraints, you can easily speed up the process by being sure that you arrive with no makeup of any kind and a clean, moisturizer-free face.
A quick online search for before and after shots of people who have used IPL therapy should be enough to convince even the most frugal among us. Freckles are gone, wrinkles are reduced, Rosacea is under control, and best of all, individuals look ten years younger and incredibly happy. Beauty may be only skin deep, but self-confidence goes much, much deeper.