INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL): PHOTOREJUVENATION TO COMBAT THE SIGNS OF PHOTOAGING!
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc., a leading researcher and developer of lasers and pulsed-light systems for aesthetic treatments, is pleased to announce the development of the Artisan™ Aesthetic System. The Artisan provides a combined fractional ablative and fractional non-ablative laser skin resurfacing treatment – the first approach of this kind to receive clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The Artisan Aesthetic System includes a 1540 nm or 1440 nm non-ablative fractional laser and a 2940 nm ablative fractional laser for skin resurfacing and a MaxG™ optimized light handpiece for the treatment of pigmented and vascular lesions. Palomar’s new FDA clearance covers the combination use of both the non-ablative and ablative fractional lasers during the same treatment session. Palomar believes that this specific collection of skin resurfacing and photofacial technologies allows practitioners to tailor a complete skin rejuvenation regimen for each individual client.
“Artisan combines the best of our non-ablative and ablative fractional laser technologies with our optimized light technology. This combination of technologies can be used to improve skin tone and texture, along with specific laser treatments for wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. Practitioners now have the multiple technologies they need for an overall best-in-class treatment depending on each individual client’s age, skin condition, and downtime preference,” said Joseph P. Caruso, Palomar’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Palomar’s combination ablative and non-ablative fractional treatment provides a direct benefit to clients. Arielle Kauvar, MD, director of New York Laser and Skin Care, said, “What is special about Artisan is that I customize just the right amount of ablative or non-ablative fractional treatment to fit each patient’s needs for facial rejuvenation, as each patient has different preferences for speed of treatment, downtime, and the number of treatments they’re willing to undergo. With Artisan, I can also treat the many patients who have scars and stretch marks.” In 2009, Palomar received the first FDA clearance for the treatment of stretch marks using a fractional laser.
Most people are unaware that 80-90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by sun damage! This phenomenon is known as “photoaging,” a term which encompasses the numerous, unwelcome aesthetic developments triggered by natural ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or artificial UV rays from tanning beds/booths. Symptoms of photoaging become increasingly prominent over time, as the cumulative effects of the natural aging process and unprotected exposure to the sun cause the breakdown of the crucial proteins that keep our skin looking smooth and supple (elastin and collagen).
Photoaging may present in the form of:
- Irregular pigmentation spots on the hands, arms, face, chest, and shoulders
- Sun spots, liver spots, age spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Spider veins, broken or dilated capillaries, rosacea
- Rough skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Melasma (patches of darkened skin)
BENEFITS OF IPL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin treatments utilize the process of photorejuvenation to combat the effects of sun-damage and aging, and are designed to be effective, non-surgical options for patients seeking to improve the color, tone, texture, condition, and overall appearance of their skin with minimal discomfort or downtime. Many of our patients schedule an IPL treatment during their lunch hour, and return to work looking refreshed and revitalized! In addition to treating sun-damaged skin, IPL treatments are also appropriate for patients with acne scars or areas of discoloration/hyperpigmentation (skin-darkening) as a result of hormonal changes, smoking, or excessive alcohol consumption.
At Modern Body Contouring and Laser Center (MBody), with office locations in Richmond, VA and Vienna, VA, Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are pleased to offer IPL photorejuvenation treatments with our state-of-the-art laser workstations. During your initial consultation, the doctors will assess the condition of your skin, listen carefully to your concerns and treatment goals, and evaluate your skin type and the severity of your photoaging before creating a custom-tailored treatment plan to restore your skin to a more even-toned, youthfully-smooth and beautiful state.*
YOUR IPL TREATMENT EXPERIENCE AND RESULTS
Your IPL session will take place in the serene comfort of the MBody facility, and can typically be completed in less than 30 minutes.* Before treatment, you will be given protective eyewear and a cold gel will be applied to the targeted treatment areas. During your session, a precisely-calibrated, non-ablative laser will deliver intense pulses of light at different wavelengths to treat the innermost layers of the skin (dermis) without harming the skin’s surface (epidermis). The targeted light energy stimulates the production of new collagen while evening out the skin’s tone and texture.
On average, our patients achieve optimal results with 3-6 IPL treatments, spaced approximately three weeks apart; however, the precise number of sessions varies from patient to patient, and some individuals may benefit from ancillary skin rejuvenation treatments (i.e. chemical peels, dermaplaning, Ultherapy®, microneedling) performed in conjunction with their IPL sessions.
The most common side effect of IPL is temporary facial redness that lasts for approximately one hour—this is typically very mild, and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after their treatment is finished. You will likely notice initial improvements immediately after your first IPL treatment; however, the most dramatic results will become apparent over the next 1-3 weeks, and the rejuvenating results from a full series of treatments can be expected to last (on average) for a year or more.*
*Individual results may vary. Results not guaranteed.
CONTACT MODERN BODY CONTOURING AND LASER CENTER (MBODY)
At MBody Contouring and Laser Center, with office locations in Richmond and Tysons Corner, VA, our valued patients know they will receive patient care in a serene, tranquil treatment environment. Your MBody experience will provide you with a much-needed respite from the chaotic pace of everyday life—and will be your time to take care of yourself and emerge rejuvenated, refreshed, and looking your very best!
If you would like additional information about any of our IPL skin rejuvenation treatments, please contact MBody Contouring and Laser Center today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with one of our highly-esteemed practitioners.
Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond and surrounding communities.
Photos provided by Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
Before and after photos are examples of results, which may be achieved from treatment with certain technology. No results are guaranteed, either express or implied. Individual results may vary.