We all know the importance of sun protection. But that doesn’t mean we’re perfect. Youthful summers spent lounging outside, years of tanning beds, and sunscreen slip-ups take their toll. In fact, UV exposure is the leading cause of visible skin aging. Fortunately, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can help fade signs of sun damage and restore a healthy-looking complexion.
Common Symptoms of Sun Damage
Exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet light damages the skin. It harms collagen, increases the production of abnormal elastin fibers, and generally accelerates the natural aging process.
The effects of sun damage can show up as skin concerns such as:
- Age spots
- Texture changes
- Lines and wrinkles
- Broken blood vessels
- Actinic keratoses (precancerous spots)
Prevention is your best defense against photoaging. Apply sunscreen every day, limit your time outside between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, and wear protective clothing.
How IPL Corrects Sun Damage
If your skin is already sun-damaged and you’re looking for a solution, IPL is a great choice. Our practice offers the LimeLight Facial IPL treatment. It sends light energy into pigmented skin cells. When these cells absorb the energy and convert it into heat, the pigment starts to clear up. The heat also stimulates the production of collagen and triggers powerful rejuvenation.
Some patients see results after just one IPL treatment. However, a series of treatments tend to offer the most significant improvement in brown spots, redness, and other signs of sun damage.
Our practice may recommend pairing your IPL sessions with medical-grade skin care products. An at-home routine using these products can enhance the results of your in-office treatments.
Book a Consultation in Lake Oswego
Find out how simple and effective IPL treatments can repair the effects of sun damage. Call 503-699-6464 to schedule a consultation at Burgess Plastic Surgery. Under the supervision of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa Burgess, our skilled aesthetic providers serve patients from Lake Oswego and the surrounding areas of Oregon. It’s time to reveal your best skin!