IPL Therapy Can Help Treat Your Sun-Damaged Skin

What’s not to like about being out in the sun? It’s warm, it feels good — but it can seriously damage your skin. From wrinkles to sags to rough patches to hyperpigmentation, the sun can really do a number on your body’s largest organ.

Here at Med Physique Center for Aesthetics, our expert team of aestheticians understands how damaging the sun can be. That’s why we offer a number of different treatments for sun-damaged skin, including the revolutionary Triniti™ IPL system by Syneron Candela. It can help get your skin back to a healthy state without incisions or lots of downtime. Here’s what you need to know.

Skin support

Your skin relies on a fibrous protein called collagen to give it strength, tone, and resilience. When you’re young, your body churns out a lot of the stuff, but after about age 25, production falls off. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet rays affect the protein’s stability, further depleting your supply. Without adequate collagen, your skin begins to wrinkle, sag, and lose its tone — the visible signs of aging.

The sun can also trigger melanin production, which can give you a nice tan, or hyperpigmented areas known as sun spots or age spots. These spots are flat and oval, usually tan to dark brown, and vary from freckle-size to about ½-inch across. They’re completely harmless, but they can, like wrinkled skin, put a dent in your self-image and make you feel old.

What is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy?

IPL therapy is a way to reverse the visible signs of aging. The device uses many different wavelengths of scattered light directed at the treatment area, and it effectively treats both wrinkles and age spots. 

Here’s how it works: The light harmlessly penetrates your outer layer of skin (the epidermis), and heats up the middle layer (the dermis), where both collagen and pigment reside. The heat from the light destroys the unwanted pigment and old collagen cells, causing the skin to begin producing new collagen cells. The lymphatic system flushes the waste from your body over time, and the new collagen fills in the wrinkled areas to give you brighter, tighter skin.

Triniti IPL skin treatments

The Triniti skin treatment system, together with the versatile elos Plus® laser, offers three advanced skin treatments in one session. It provides bi-polar radiofrequency waves to address uneven skin tone from sun-damaged skin, and IPL to precisely break up hyperpigmentation and trigger new collagen production within the targeted tissue to banish wrinkles and sags, smoothing and tightening your skin.

Each session takes about 45-60 minutes since it combines three procedures in one, with an additional 15-30 minutes if you want to address your neck as well as your face. We recommend 3-5 sessions spaced three to four weeks apart to get the best results, with a touch-up about every six months. Most patients see gradual and continual improvement.

Has your skin become dull, wrinkled, pigmented, or lax from your fun in the sun? Give Med Physique Center for Aesthetics a call at 512-453-7000 to find out if our IPL therapy is right for you, or book your consultation online

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