Acne laser treatment

IPL for Acne
Tired of treating acne with the same old creams, prescriptions, and cleansers? Trying something different, such as laser treatment for acne, can be very effective. One popular type of acne laser treatment, which uses specialized lighting for treating problem areas, is known as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). It works by killing the bacteria that causes acne.

IPL treatments are safe for a wide range of age groups, including teenagers to middle-aged people. It is used to treat a variety of problems in addition to acne, including rosacea, broken capillaries, and sun damage. It can even help with scarring caused from acne, which can be especially helpful for people who get their acne under control but are left with the after effects of it. It's also a very effective method for permanent hair removal.

The best candidates for IPL are people with a lighter skin tone. People with darker skin do not have favorable results due to the light not working as well on darker pigment. Anyone that is on the acne fighting drug Accutane should also refrain from getting IPL, as this can cause adverse reactions. Also, women that are pregnant should refrain from this type of treatment as well.

The Procedure
IPL is non-invasive and requires hardly any downtime. The whole procedure will usually last under 20 minutes. Treatment consists of wearing protective eye wear and the person qualified to give the IPL treatments will apply a gel to the area being treated. Patients won't experience pain but will feel a slight "sting" as each light is emitted.

After treatment, there might be a little redness in the area that was treated and possibly some swelling. The majority of patients will resume normal activities shortly after receiving an IPL treatment. One of the greatest advantages of IPL is that results are immediate; however, several treatments may be needed to achieve the desired outcome.

The location of the area being treated and the number of treatments can affect pricing of IPL. For treating acne, the most common areas are the face, chest, or back, which will run higher than treating an area such as the hands. For treatment for acne, prices can run between $300 and $600 for a single session. Some med spas will also offer special pricing if a series of IPL treatments are purchased, for example, three sessions for $675.

Of course, as any type of procedure, there is a possibility to have negative side effects from using IPL. These can include blistering of the skin, extreme redness, or hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin).

Even though there are risks involved with IPL treatments, most results have been very favorable. If you are struggling with acne and have tried all of the tried and true methods, IPL just might be a good option if you're willing to spend the extra money.

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