Over time, we all watch wrinkles creep up, sunspots darken, and other spots and bumps emerge across our face. Sun, age, and stress happen to the best of us, so how can we nurture healthy skin and maintain our youthful appearance? IPL laser treatment at Advanced Clinics in OKC is an effective and accessible way to deal with broken capillaries, among other issues, by helping you regain smooth, clear, and beautiful skin.
We all know that first impressions are often based on skin-deep appearances, however much we wish that wasn’t true. Plus when we look good, we simply feel better! Our facial appearance has a direct impact on our confidence, too. IPL laser treatment can address image struggles like broken capillaries, helping to uncover the beautiful skin underneath and restoring a polished appearance.
Does IPL Laser Treatment Get Rid of Broken Capillaries?
IPL is a viable method for dealing with those little unwanted red lines that can form around your nose, across your cheeks: almost anywhere these broken capillaries have appeared!
As time marches on, small and large stressors can cause tiny blood vessels to burst, leaving small red lines peppering your face. However, new innovations in aesthetic and wellness technologies like IPL help us to regain our clear, youthful complexion.
What Causes Broken Capillaries?
Small blood vessels across your face can burst from stressors to the skin, including external disruptors like extreme wind, temperature changes, and UV damage. Excessive drinking, smoking, and even overly aggressive pimple popping can cause these bursts, leaving your smooth skin with a gridwork of small red veins.
For some, even forceful coughing has caused these tiny vessels to burst. However, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. These lines can erupt from a variety of causes and conditions, but sun damage is the most common and likely culprit. Over time, exposure to the sun thins the dermis and depletes the skin of essentials like elastin and collagen.
As we age, we lose some of the protective fatty layer making our capillaries more vulnerable to damage, and issues like burst capillaries happen. There can be small bursts like dots (petechiae) or flatter areas of distributed burst (purpura), as well as a spider vein appearance. Spider veins appearing on the legs are another form of the same thing, though these are more often from physical stress or genetics.
What Is IPL and How Does It Work?
For all of us, an effective measure that allows us to quickly regain our beauty is well worth our consideration, and IPL is one such attractive and effective option. IPL is Intense Pulsed Light, and this method of light-based therapy addresses problem areas on the face using photothermolysis into the dermis, the layer of skin just under the top layer (epidermis).
To break it down, IPL combines light (Photo-) and heat (Thermo-) to achieve the destruction of unwanted cells (Lysis) without damaging other cells. The heat of the light minimizes or removes unwanted spots and discolorations like broken capillaries by using a polychromatic light pulse. The bursts of light are focused on the area you want to address, with the wavelengths adjusted for specific areas and skin types so that your issues of concern are targeted while leaving your healthy skin undamaged.
The heat of the light, which is not as strong as traditional lasers, is enough to damage discolored skin while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Over the days following treatment, the unwanted blemishes will rise to the surface then slough off as the skin recycles itself with healthy replacement cells. Naturally, the discolored cells will be replaced as the process encourages healthy skin regeneration. The result is a beautifully unified skin tone.
Top Questions Answered
As you consider IPL laser treatment for skin concerns, we’ve listed some of the top questions and answers to help you get a better grasp of this innovative option.
What Skin Issues Can IPL Address?
Skin concerns like broken capillaries are effectively dealt with via IPL, but often it is used for a variety of issues, including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, and conditions like rosacea. Beyond expertly tackling broken blood vessels, the treatment can be used for issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, evening out uneven skin tone/texture, and erythema beneath the skin.
We have also used IPL to successfully tackle unwanted birthmarks, stretch marks, and melasma, a condition that leads to brown or gray blotches on the skin. Cosmetic skin treatment with IPL can even deal with sun scarring and other types of damage from overexposure to the elements.
What Skin Areas Can Be Treated?
Across the face, almost all areas with these concerns can be targeted except for the most delicate skin around the eyes and inner ears. IPL is an incredibly gentle approach when compared to the more intense monochromatic lights used for traditional lasers that mainly target hair removal.
Our OKC team is also equipped to step in to address bigger broken capillaries or spider veins that can discolor your legs, helping you regain your confidence for everything from sexy heel outfits to beach season. With experts on your team, you can navigate an array of difficult skin concerns to rejuvenate your look with effective and immediate results.
What Can I Expect in a Treatment?
Treatments are generally a few minutes long, perhaps 20-30 depending on the area and your needs. As in-office treatments with little to no real recovery time, you can be up and about quickly. Most patients report only mild discomfort, if they feel any at all, and generally tolerate the treatments well.
Some explain the experience as a quick flicking/snapping sensation before a cooling feel. Others respond well with a topical numbing creme prior, but your consultant will help you navigate the experience per your unique sensitivities.
How Do I Prepare?
So that IPL can help achieve your best results, you’ll need to be as close to your natural skin color as possible, versus your more tanned look, as this is a treatment that targets pigments. Before treatment, it’s important not to tan or spend any excess time in the sun. You’ll also want to hold off on exfoliating treatments for a week or so prior. Anything that might traumatize your skin, making it more vulnerable, wouldn’t be advised.
Is There a Recovery Time?
As a non-invasive, cosmetic treatment, there is no specific recovery time needed. Your skin may be mildly pinkish for several hours following the treatment but there is no need for extra rest or down-time. With a little extra care afterward not to get too much sun, you’ll baby your skin with a little extra TLC as it regenerates and reveals a healthier layer of unified color across your face in the days after treatment.
Your consultant will work through all the do’s and don’ts to help you make the most of your experience and achieve the best outcome.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Each person has his or her own makeup of skin and hair factors, as well as a personal level of sensitivity and beauty targets. You should notice results immediately once the addressed area rests and regenerates a few days after initial treatment.
However, the best results are reached with a package approach of several treatments. As a team that treasures each individual’s unique composition and goals, we will help you consider the individualized approach that will work best towards achieving your optimum aesthetic goals.
Advantages of IPL
The treatments can reveal smooth skin by reducing hair growth in addition to the wonderful advantages of dealing with unwanted skin issues like acne. IPL also reduces the effects of photoaging, like brown spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as unwanted textures. We use the power of broadband light to improve the texture and tone of your skin, revealing your natural beauty.
Convenient and Fast
As an aesthetic treatment, IPL takes only minutes and is easily scheduled into the bustle of a busy life. With no recovery time to speak of, the ease of the treatments means you can be out and about in no time, off to finish whatever indoor errands and appointments you might have with just a little attention to avoiding sun exposure. Our team is ready to work with you for the timing and treatment plan that works best to reach your goals even with a tight schedule.
Healthy and Gentle
As a milder approach to heat/light therapy than the more harsh laser treatments for hair removal, IPL focuses on the targeted cells with unwanted coloration and texture, leaving your healthy cells unchanged, undamaged, and ready to show off as your regenerating cells emerge to form a unified, smooth canvas. The heat of the treatment is harmless to healthy skin, even stimulating its regenerating and reducing negatives like flushing.
Advantages of Advanced Clinics
IPL is a tool that you want to access in a caring, convenient context where professionals know how to put their skills to work to give you optimal benefits. Browse our website to see a wide variety of aesthetic treatments, and know that our expertise means you will be able to access the best options for your beauty and wellness journey.
The experts at Advanced Clinics OKC are ready to address your skin issues and even the most intimate of questions with you whenever you’re ready to take your journey to the next level. As a professional team with years of experience, we are committed to putting best practices and new research in the industry to work for you. With options like IPL treatment, we have all the top options for cost-effective results that can help you reach your optimum outcome.
Is It Time to Get Started?
Want to rejuvenate your look without invasive procedures and exorbitant price tags? IPL is a versatile, effective, and cost-effective option for dealing with a variety of skin issues. Whether you struggle with broken capillaries or are looking for treatment for a variety of concerns from sunspots to rosacea, it’s important to know that science and technology have given us real innovations.
IPL is an option that allows us to temporarily halt aging concerns like age spots as well as uncover our most attractive self at any age. We welcome you to visit us in the comfort of our office and learn all the facts, benefits, and tips about IPL to consider if it’s a good fit for you. Call Advanced Clinics of OKC in Oklahoma City, OK for your initial consult today!