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I Got IPL for My Dark Spots

IPL for Dark Spots

Like many teenagers, I didn’t think twice about tanning at the pool or spending a day at the beach sans sunscreen.

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Like many teenagers, I didn’t think twice about tanning at the pool or spending a day at the beach sans sunscreen.

But now that I am in my 30’s, I understand how harmful UV rays can really be.

While I no longer tan and wear a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen, I still have unwanted dark spots on my face, neck, and chest. In order to reverse some of this sun damage, I got IPL for my dark spots.

Here’s what it was like to undergo IPL for dark spots.

What Is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a noninvasive treatment for skin discoloration.

While it can target redness, in the form of rosacea, broken blood vessels, and acne, I got IPL for my dark spots.

IPL seemed like an ideal option because it’s designed to target and eliminate sun spots and produce a clearer and more even complexion.

Why I Got IPL for My Dark Spots

Many patients choose to undergo IPL because it’s a safe, effective, and nonsurgical way to reverse sun damage and works especially well on sun spots, age spots, and other types of hyperpigmentation.

I got IPL for my dark spots after spending countless summers in the sun. Not only did I frequently forget to wear sunscreen, I also experienced serious sunburns that resulted in blisters and peeling.

Fast-forward to 15 years later, I now have a splotchy skin on my neck and chest and am very uncomfortable wearing V-necks or low-cut clothing.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light that are absorbed by excess melanin and help break-up hyperpigmentation. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes, and other than a light snapping sensation, it’s pretty easy and comfortable.

Immediately after the session, I noticed that the spots on my décolletage appeared darker and my skin was red like a mild sunburn.

The redness quickly went away and, over the next few days, the dark spots came up to the surface and sloughed off.

How Many IPL Treatments Are Recommended?

I underwent six treatments of IPL for my dark spots. Depending on the extent of sun damage and personal goals, most patients need four-to-six sessions to get desired effects.

Get Started with IPL

If you are considering IPL for dark spots, please call an experienced and reputable office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.

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