Sun shining through palm tree

With summer coming to a close, many of us are reminiscing on our time spent in the sun this season. Unfortunately, however, the sun is not so kind to our skin.

Believe it or not, it is estimated that 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun, resulting in wrinkles, dark spots, and an overall increased risk of skin cancer and melanoma.

Seeing as sun damage is so common, it’s fair to ask whether some of the aging effects of sun damage be reversed. Thankfully, the answer is yes – through the use of IPL.

IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light technology, is a high-tech light therapy treatment utilized for various skin treatments. One of the most popular skin conditions remedied by IPL is sun damage.

But how does IPL work to reverse the aging effects of sun damage? Light is absorbed into target problem areas and converted into heat energy. This conversion of light into heat throughout the outermost layers of the skin results in a non-invasive rejuvenation process. Typically, skin appears to be tighter and brighter following IPL treatments.

Anyone interested in receiving IPL treatments should be aware that while IPL is commonly categorized as a laser treatment procedure, it is not a laser treatment. While the concept of IPL may make it seem like a laser treatment, IPL involves using wavelengths of light that enter the skin at differing energy levels.

The side effects of IPL treatments are minimal and you should be able to get back to your day-to-day activities almost immediately following an IPL treatment. Using IPL to remedy sun damage works best for those who are fair skinned, but most individuals are eligible to undergo treatments. If you are interested in learning more about IPL treatments, schedule a consultation online or call us at 215-503-FACE.

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