Fall is upon us, and after a summer of fun-in-the-sun this is a perfect time to talk about Intense Pulse Light treatment at MediSpa Maui. Actually, it is always a good time to talk about Intense Pulse Light and how we can help improve our skin from sun damage—it is always sunny and warm out here in Hawaii! We’re able to spend a lot of time outdoors in our climate, and outdoors means potential sun damage.
Here at MediSpa Maui, we use the Palomar Cynosure device for our Intense Pulse Light treatment, which is a great device. Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, is also commonly known as a PhotoFacial. Essentially it’s a flash of light that goes into the skin and the light energy hits certain pigments. It will hit browns and reds in particular, so we can treat freckles, age spots, sun spots, blood vessels, and rosacea. As we’re treating the skin with these pulses of intense light, we can lift off a lot of the damaging effects that we visibly see from the sun. There are also some subtle changes that happen, such as improvement in the texture of the skin as well as decreased pore size. These are all really nice benefits of IPL. Another significant benefit of IPL is that there is no downtime following this treatment. If you have a lot of brown spots you’ll actually see those brown spots get a little darker for about 4 to 7 days and come to the surface before they slough off. Our patients here at MediSpa Maui love to see that pigment leaving—’bye bye spots!’ If you have blood vessels, they may actually get a little rosier immediately following the treatment. On rare occasions these vessels may get a little puffy. For example if you have a lot of blood vessels under the eyes, they may be puffy for a day or two.
IPL is best done in a series. Often times we’ll see this process get better and better with each IPL treatment. After the treatment your skin might feel a little rosy, almost like you have a bit of a sunburn. You’re able to apply sunscreen and make up, and go about your day. A benefit about the ease of IPL is that it’s a non-ablative treatment, unlike some of the other devices we use here at MediSpa Maui that actually lift off the skin. With an IPL, the skin stays intact. IPL can successfully be combined with microdermabrasion, peels, and other various treatments.
With our September Special, if you purchase a series of IPL you receive a COMPLIMENTARY Peel or DermaSweep! That’s a nice way to combine the benefits because we can work on the surface with certain treatments and work deeper with other treatments. It’s very effective also to combine the IPL with our medical-grade skin care products. Nothing beats a great home regimen! If you have any further questions, please give us a call here at MediSpa Maui at (808) 879-4909, or go to our website at www.medispamaui.com. “LIKE” us on Facebook to stay up-to-the-minute on our Special Events, Promotions, and Giveaways. Some restrictions apply on the IPL special, please call us for details.
Dr. Brian Stolley
Owner & Medical Director