Another summer has come to a close, and we can all agree that this summer has been hot and dry. The summer conditions, along with bad air quality from wildfires, can do a number on the skin. Take advantage of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Surgery October specials to treat damage from the sun, such as sunspots or other pigmentation issues, and rejuvenate your skin. Cosmetic specials available at our Spokane and Coeur d’Alene locations.
•IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial – Full Face $425 (save $75)
•IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial – Full Face & Neck $500 (save $100)
•Fraxel® DUAL Laser Treatment- Full Face or Chest-$100 Off
Our product special will work wonders towards keeping your skin healthy as we get closer to the winter.
Our product special has all Facial Moisturizers at 15% off for October.
Specials Run: October 1-31, 2023.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial Available in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene
An IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photofacial, also known as IPL therapy or IPL skin rejuvenation, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin and treat various skin conditions. It uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target specific pigments in the skin, such as melanin (responsible for skin pigmentation) and hemoglobin (found in blood vessels). IPL treatments are primarily used for the following purposes:
1. Skin Rejuvenation: IPL can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, leading to a more youthful and refreshed complexion.
2. Treatment of Hyperpigmentation: IPL can effectively reduce the appearance of sunspots, freckles, and other forms of hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure or aging.
3. Reduction of Vascular Lesions: IPL can target and improve the appearance of vascular lesions like spider veins, broken blood vessels (telangiectasia), and redness associated with conditions like rosacea.
4. Acne Treatment: IPL can be used to target the bacteria responsible for acne, leading to a reduction in acne breakouts and inflammation.
A handheld device emits intense pulses of light onto the skin’s surface during the procedure. This light energy is absorbed by the pigments in the skin or hair, causing them to heat up and break down. IPL doesn’t resurface the skin but selectively targets the unwanted color(s).
IPL photofacials are relatively quick and require no downtime. Multiple sessions are usually required to achieve the best results. We typically recommend one to three treatments with yearly maintenance. A specific treatment plan will depend on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and desired outcomes. It’s essential to consult with one of our qualified and experienced Board-Certified Dermatologists or Cosmetic Specialists to determine if an IPL photofacial is appropriate for your skin and goals. You will start to see results from IPL treatment within a week to ten days. Proper sun protection and post-treatment care are also essential to maintain the results and minimize potential side effects like temporary redness or swelling.
Basics of the Fraxel® DUAL Laser
Fraxel DUAL employs a non-ablative, fractional resurfacing technology featuring two distinct wavelengths (1550nm and 1927nm). Like other laser systems, it targets the water within the dermis (the middle layer of your skin), gently raising its temperature to induce controlled thermal tissue damage. The laser generates minuscule columns of tissue injury throughout the treated area, penetrating deep into the skin, thereby triggering collagen production, which aids in the skin’s self-healing process. Using two different wavelengths enables the laser to address both the surface layers and delve deeper into the skin. Being a fractional laser, it treats smaller sections at a time, leaving the adjacent tissue untouched. Consequently, a Fraxel DUAL treatment yields results without the more intense effects associated with ablative lasers, leading to a shorter recovery period.
This procedure is commonly called skin resurfacing or skin rejuvenation for apparent reasons. It stimulates the development of new cells, promoting smoother skin by reinstating natural collagen production, resulting in a plumper appearance. While the Fraxel DUAL laser is most frequently utilized on facial areas, it can be employed on any part of the body, including the neck, arms, legs, décolletage, hands, and back.
This treatment helps improve skin tone, texture, and radiance. Here’s a list of what it can help with:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Brown spots
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Surgical scars
- Acne scars
- It also has FDA clearance to treat melasma and actinic keratosis
You’ll continue to see improvement for the next 3 to 6 months as the deeper layers of skin create new collagen. Expect your results to last a year or more, depending on your lifestyle, age, skin condition, and skin care regimen.
Downtime for this type of treatment is minimal. Immediately after your treatment, your skin may feel as if you have a sunburn. It may feel extra dry and itchy, so use a mild cleanser and a heavy moisturizer to keep your skin happy. Do not try to use any products that might irritate your skin, including retinols and exfoliants. Avoid the sun and use sunscreen to protect your skin. We always recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Your Dermatology Provider can suggest products for your specific skin type if you need help. Of course, each patient is different in how they heal, but most recover in about a week.
Make your appointment to come in and talk to one of our caring Providers. Learn more about all the Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology services we offer at our Coeur D’Alene, Spokane North, Spokane Valley, and Walla Walla locations.