Various skin conditions can produce visual symptoms of discoloration. Redness is common in skin affected by rosacea and blemishes. This redness is usually the result of an increasing amount of capillaries in the tissues just beneath the dermal layers. Constriction of these capillaries via heat energy can often cause a blocking off of blood flow through the vessels, and this helps to diminish the amount of redness. The most popular treatment for skin redness is IPL therapy.
This treatment involves the use of high-intensity, highly focused light energy. The instrument used focuses a pixelated beam of light, and the light is composed of a mix of wavelengths. Properly calibrated, the light energy can target capillaries beneath the skin without damaging the adjacent tissues.
The Photofacial Treatment
Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL therapy, is a bit similar to laser resurfacing, but unlike a laser beam, the light energy emitted by the IPL device is made up of photons with varying energy levels. In other words, the light beam is broadband in nature because it contains a carefully chosen mix of frequencies. This is important because the whole idea is to have the light energy absorbed by dark, dense tissues.
Dark tissues appear dark because they’re absorbing most of the light. Very little of the light is reflected back. The absorbed energy becomes heat energy, and this affects the dark tissue. The tissue is slightly damaged, and the body responds by discarding it.
When heated, capillaries constrict and eventually close off. The blood flow is directed elsewhere. The skin is not affected by the treatment. That’s because the mix of frequencies contains wavelengths that pass right through the dermal layers without being absorbed.
Candidates for IPL Therapy
The ideal candidate will be experiencing gradual increase in redness in an area of the skin. So long as the blemish isn’t a visual symptom of a benign cyst or a malignancy, the treatment is suitable.
Patchy red or brown areas with a lot of melanin can also be treated in this manner. Melasma is a condition where a lot of melanin has been produced in a small surface area. The dark tissues containing pigments that will absorb broadband light energy can be purposely damaged in this manner, and after a series of treatments, spread out over a period of a month or so, visual improvement is generally the result.
Learn More about Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
If you’re experiencing patchy redness on your face or elsewhere, and if it’s getting more intense, feel free to make an appointment with MiKO Plastic Surgery. At our office in Beverly Hills, we’ll show you how IPL treatments can significantly reduce skin redness caused by an overabundance of capillaries or a concentration of melanin. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!