IPL Treatment Bellevue & Kirkland
Skin treatments using light were among the first used to treat certain conditions in the medical and cosmetic world. When it comes to light-based treatments, lasers and pulsed light are the two main types. Both treatments have their uses and merits, the master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery use lasers and pulsed light treatments. Pulsed light treatments are best represented by intense pulsed light, or IPL. The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers the best IPL treatment Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Overview: What Is IPL?
IPL—or intense pulsed light—therapy is similar to laser treatments. It was used as one of the earliest forms of laser hair removal. However, today, it is more widely used to treat certain skin conditions, pigmentation issues, and other coloration problems. When compared to lasers, IPL sends out more than one wavelength of light. Filters are placed to block the wavelengths not wanted or needed for your particular treatment or skin type.
IPL treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive. While you may need to make minor alterations to your routine, there is no significant downtime associated with a traditional IPL treatment. They can treat skin tones from Fitzpatrick scale I to III. Darker skin tones run the risk of skin damage or hyperpigmentation. The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery does have other laser options for those with darker skin tones. A patch test protocol can also be performed to see if you can successfully undergo IPL.
What It Treats
Performed by highly skilled master estheticians, The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery performs IPL to treat a variety of concerns. Patients of all ages benefit from an IPL session because it is a versatile treatment that can address anti-aging and rosacea. Intense pulsed light can treat concerns and conditions such as:
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Brown spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Spider veins
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- General discoloration
Based on the sheer number of treatments our providers can use IPL for, the patient population for IPL treatment in Bellevue is large. Patients young and older with varying goals may find benefit from intense pulsed light procedures.