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IPL Specialist

Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. -  - Ophthalmologist

Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A.

Ophthalmologists & Aesthetics located in Manahawkin, NJ & Forked River, NJ

Having age spots, birthmarks, or other blemishes on your skin can make you feel self-conscious about the way you look. The team of dedicated professionals at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A., in Manahawkin and Forked River, New Jersey, understands this problem and can help reduce the appearance of common pigmentation blemishes using IPL (intense pulsed light), a state-of-the-art aesthetics technology. Find out more by calling Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. today, or book an appointment online.

IPL Q & A

What is IPL?

IPL is short for “intense pulsed light,” which is a type of light technology the team at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A., uses to treat pigmentation blemishes in the skin, including:

  • Age spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Sun damage
  • Acne

IPL is a safe, noninvasive technology that your provider at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. can carry out in the office for a simple, effective solution to skin blemishes.

How does IPL work?

IPL uses a broad range of light wavelengths to treat larger areas of skin than a single laser beam can accomplish. Other forms of laser treatment use single, concentrated rays of light which are great for targeting fine lines and wrinkles, but less useful when treating an area of pigmented skin.

IPL results in less damage to the tissues and skin cells than other comparable forms of treatment because the pulses of light energy enter the epidermis below your surface skin without damaging the dermis above.

The light from the IPL device targets the pigment in your skin that causes discoloration. The pigment cells absorb the IPL energy, which heats the cells to the point at which they die. When you grow fresh skin where the blemish was, the pigmentation problem is gone, leaving you with fresh, unblemished skin.

When targeting acne, IPL works differently, flooding your pores with oxygen that kills the bacteria that cause acne.

What happens during an IPL treatment session?

When you visit Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. your provider sterilizes the treatment area and applies a special gel that cools your skin. You need to wear a pair of protective glasses, so your eyes don’t absorb any of the IPL energy.

The feeling of IPL therapy on your skin is said to be like the snapping of a rubber band — a stinging or tingling sensation. It shouldn’t be painful, and the cooling gel soothes your skin to keep any discomfort to a minimum.

A typical IPL session lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. After your IPL treatment, you go about your day as you usually would. Your skin might feel warm and look a little red, rather like a mild sunburn, but this should pass over the next few days.

For the best results from your IPL treatment, you will likely need multiple sessions, typically between three and six.

To learn more about IPL and how it could help you feel more confident about your appearance, call Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. today, or book an appointment online.