Banish Brown Spots and Other Sun Damage with Intense Pulsed Light

As we age, our time spent in the sun shows up on our faces in the brown spots and other sun damage left behind. While most sunspots, uneven pigmentation, and other sun-related skin damage aren’t a danger to your health, their appearance can make you feel self-conscious. 

Creams and serums can help reduce the appearance of some spots, but their effects take months and don’t always produce the results you’re looking for.  

The experienced team at KeyLife MedSpa in San Antonio, Texas, understands how frustrating brown spots and other signs of sun damage can be. If you’re seeking an effective treatment that delivers results fast, we can banish your brown spots and other sun damage with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.

The sun and your skin — a love-hate relationship

Most of us love the feel of the warm sun on our skin. But even with regular use of sunscreen, over time the feeling we love turns into spots and marks we grow to hate. 

The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays damage our skin and cause photoaging, or premature aging of the skin. The sun’s light breaks down skin cells and your body rushes to repair them. Over time, however, your skin runs out of resources to repair the damage, leaving you with spots and other reminders of the sun. 

IPL — fighting light with light

Though it sounds counterintuitive, it’s possible to fight the damage caused by sunlight with light. Intense pulsed light allows trained professionals to target problem areas by directing multiple wavelengths of light energy to the tissue below the skin. 

As these cells absorb the energy, your body’s natural healing processes kick in by encouraging collagen and elastin production. The result? Tighter, firmer skin and a more even complexion.

It’s important not to confuse IPL treatments with laser therapy. Laser therapy uses one wavelength and treats specific locations, which makes it great for things like hair removal. 

Your entire IPL experience is tailored to you, but most patients receive monthly treatments for 3-6 months. In general, each treatment takes less than 30 minutes. 

At first, the brown spots and other damaged pigmentation may look darker. But after a few days, they begin to peel off. Side effects include some slight swelling or redness right after your session, though typically these disappear within a few hours.

Because your skin is going through a healing period after IPL, you’re going to be more prone to sunburns. It’s important to avoid tanning beds and direct sunlight and to be diligent about applying sunscreen daily, especially during the first couple of weeks after your IPL treatment. 

Photo finish — making your skin picture ready

Your skin will be revitalized after your personalized IPL photofacial treatments at KeyLife MedSpa. IPL improves a number of skin problems by: 

As you progress through your treatments, results build gradually. About 6-10 weeks after your final treatment, you’ll see skin you love looking back at you in the mirror. 

If you’re ready to banish brown spots and other sun damage, schedule your IPL evaluation at KeyLife Med Spa today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online

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