At Sei Bella we use the Accelawave IPL (intense pulsed light) device. IPL uses multiple wavelengths of light to treat sun damage, brown pigmentation (melasma), age spots, broken blood vessels and spider veins. IPL can be used on the hands, neck, face, chest and legs. It is non-invasive and is tailored to suit each individual's needs. IPL can also be used to permanently reduce hair growth and works best on darker, coarser hair such as in the armpits or on the upper lip.
When the pulses of light hit the skin, you may feel a slight stinging, like a mild rubber band pop. Treatments usually take 20 -30 minutes, and most people need three to six treatments done about 3-4 weeks apart. 8 to 10 treatments may be required to remove hair because of the growth cycle of the hair follicles.
You can apply makeup after your treatment and return to work if you desire. The skin may be red for 2 hrs up to 2-3 days, depending on your skin type.
It is very important that the area to be treated is not tan or sunburned from either the sun or a tanning bed prior to the IPL treatment. Sunscreen is essential after the procedure, as well as a good skincare regimen.
With IPL you can turn back the hands of time, but you will need a maintenance treatment once or twice a year after your series of treatments. How often you need a maintenance treatment depends on your skincare regimen, use of sunscreen, and hormone use.
- sun damage resulting in dark spots
- poikiloderma on the chest (looks like tiny red hives)
- overactive sweat glands
- broken capillaries
- freckles, birth marks (these will lighten, but will come back)
- melasma (caused by birth control pills, pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy)
- actinic keratosis
Anne R Trussell MD