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.