By: Amy Smith
When I heard that the Intense Pulsed Light or IPL treatment was good for brown spots and sun-damaged skin, I knew I would be a perfect candidate. I’ve always loved my time at the beach and neglected my sunscreen regimen in the early years.
The machine for the treatment works by targeting brown spots, uneven skin tone, rosacea, and more. It has similar effects to a peel but uses the intense light instead of chemicals. Anne Cease, the registered nurse that performed the treatment, says sessions come in sets of three with about four weeks in between each one. She informed me that I would see dramatic results even after the first one.
To start, Anne applied numbing cream to my face to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. After leaving the cream on for about 10 minutes, it was removed and my hair was tied up in a towel to keep it out of the way. Anne placed some metal goggles over my eyes to shield them from the intense light. She also wore protective eye gear.
The treatment itself only took about 25 minutes. Overall, I did not have any discomfort. The light felt warm but the numbing cream kept me from feeling any irritation. I’m expecting my skin to start to renew itself in the next week or so. I was advised that some of my brown spots would start to look worse at first, but then my skin would peel and look refreshed.
As advised, I’m staying out of the sun as much as possible for the next week and can’t wait to see how I look after this first session at Anderson Aesthetics.
Details: 404.256.4247. AndersonAesthetics.com. 2710 Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 150, Alpharetta, GA 30009. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. 106, Atlanta, GA 30342.