Men are great candidates for rejuvenation with IPL (intense pulsed light or photo facial). A lifetime of sun exposure has the same effect on their skin as it does on us ladies. Using the broad band of wavelengths available with an IPL we can target numerous skin conditions.
The above individual had 1 IPL to treat the hyperpigmentation and capillaries and saw dramatic improvement. He is a candidate to further clear the remaining pigment and visible blood vessels. He had minimal cosmetic downtime with this treatment and was able to conduct his professional and personal obligations without missing a beat. The normal pigmentation darkening occurred and was gone in a week.
With IPL we are able customize a treatment based on the clients concerns and our assessment. IPL is typically used to treat hyperpigmentation and redness. Different filters are selected during the treatment to target a variety of skin discolorations. Often a number of passes are completed in order to treat all the targets.
Hyperpigmentation (the brown pigment, most often from uva/uvb exposure) typically ‘peppers’, or darkens. This peppering usually flakes off by days 5-7. There is minimal discomfort. Patients are encouraged not to pick or remove the peppered areas, as this can lead to scarring. The pigmentation, in some cases, is gone after the peppering resolves. In other cases the pigmentation is lighter than before, but may need additional treatments.
Redness, either diffuse or individual capillaries, is treated effectively with IPL as well. In some cases, if the capillaries are larger and dilated, there can be bruising following a treatment. This is not common, but can occur. Nasal veins are frequently stubborn and need to be treated more than once, as larger vessels lower in the skin keep those vessels dilated and “fed”.
Encouraging skin care that can compliment these treatments, and help protect the results, is important. At the very least a topical antioxidant (such as vitamin c) and a sunscreen with zinc should be used on a daily basis. There are other products that can be introduced depending on the individual and their primary concerns. A retinol/retinoid can be helpful. There are situations where there is remaining pigmentation that the IPL is not effectively treating. A topical combination of a retinoid/hydriquinone/kojic acid/fluocinolone (a steroid) can be compounded to resolve remaining skin discoloration. This combination is frequently referred to as Kligman’s Formula.
This is a great time of year to have an IPL, or series of IPL’s, as sun exposure is not as prevalent in the winter months. Sun avoidance is an important pre and post care instruction to follow.
I look forward to helping this client further resolve his discoloration.
Fellas, don’t hesitate to seek professional aesthetic treatments if you are noticing changes you are unhappy with.
And, we do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible!