If you don’t like the age spots on your skin, you might want to explore the benefits of IPL therapy. It uses intense pulses of light to improve the skin tone and texture, leading to the removal of age spots and other unwanted skin conditions.
Even though they are often seen as a sign of aging, those dark spots were likely caused by too much exposure to the UV rays of the sun over the years. The spots form because pockets of concentrated melanin have developed throughout the skin.
Melanin is the substance that provides pigment. The skin will produce more of it in response to sun exposure. This is the body’s way of protecting itself against the harmful UV rays. In fact, when you are in the sun working on your tan, you are actually causing the skin to produce more melanin, which will darken your skin in the form of a tan. While this produces some desirable short-term effects, repeating the process over and over throughout the years can cause the melanin to concentrate in spots. For some reason, it will not continue to spread out evenly in the skin. Instead, those unwanted dark spots will be present.
IPL therapy works by using concentrated pulses of light to break up the concentrated melanin. During this treatment, a special wand is moved across the surface of the skin. In addition to dispersing the melanin that has caused the age spots to appear, IPL therapy will cause the spots to lessen in appearance over the following days and weeks.
When you undergo IPL therapy for age spots, there may be some side benefits as well. The treatment is often done for the purpose of reducing lines and wrinkles. They form because of a lack of sufficient amounts of collagen to keep the skin tight. The carefully controlled heat that is generated from the light pulses during IPL therapy will stimulate the skin to grow additional collagen. As this happens, the skin will become tighter and the fine lines and wrinkles will disappear.
Overall, IPL therapy is an excellent way to rejuvenate your skin and obtain a younger-looking appearance. If you have age spots that you would like to eliminate from your skin, you should schedule a time to visit the office of J. Timothy Katzen, MD to discuss your treatment options in more detail. We have offices in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for IPL therapy!