Even Out Years of Pigmented Skin with IPL Therapy

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There are several different types of hyperpigmentation, each caused by varying factors, but all of them can leave your skin looking blotchy, dark, or discolored in certain areas. Without question, one of the most effective and longest-lasting solutions for correcting hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Keep reading to learn more about how board-certified physician Dr. Austin Mitchell and the expert aesthetic team at Brentwood Skin Clinic help Nashville, TN patients restore clearer, more beautiful skin with IPL therapy.

During the month of October, every Full Face IPL will include our CBE Ferulic Serum, which includes vitamins C, B, E, and Ferulic Acid, that provides virtually unrivaled antioxidant benefits for a deeper, more satisfying treatment.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

The pigment in our skin is caused by the production of melanin. When there is an overproduction of melanin, we can develop areas of discoloration – known as hyperpigmentation. There are a number of potential causes of this increase in melanin production and resulting hyperpigmentation, including:

  • Age
  • Hormone changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Sun exposure
  • Injury
  • Acne/acne scarring

Will hyperpigmentation go away on its own?

In the majority of cases, hyperpigmentation – such as sun spots and age spots – will not go away on its own. One exception is melasma – or pregnancy-induced hyperpigmentation – which often improves after the mother gives birth, though not always. Particularly for patients with many years’ worth of hyperpigmentation damage, it can be very challenging to even out the skin tone with DIY and at-home products only. To achieve the most pleasing and enduring results possible, patients should consider professional in-office treatments for hyperpigmentation, such as IPL therapy.

How does IPL therapy work for hyperpigmentation?

Sometimes referred to as a photofacial, IPL therapy works by breaking up melanin beneath the skin’s surface using targeted light energy. This approach destroys the pigment-producing melanin and causes dark spots to slough away from the skin and/or be expelled from the body through natural processes.

Can IPL therapy work for spots I’ve had for decades?

Yes. IPL therapy is one of the most effective hyperpigmentation treatment options available today. Even patients who have had hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and discoloration for many years can achieve a dramatic improvement in their skin tone with an IPL photofacial.

How many IPL treatments will I need to clear up my skin tone?

Many patients notice a visible improvement in their dark spots after a single IPL photofacial, though a series of about 4 – 6 treatments is often recommended for optimal and long-lasting results. During your initial consultation for an IPL photofacial in Nashville, TN, our knowledgeable aesthetic team will carefully evaluate your skin concerns and determine the most appropriate treatment schedule for you. At the end of your IPL treatment course, additional treatments can be administered if needed.

How do I prevent new spots after IPL therapy?

Even after achieving your desired outcome with IPL therapy, it is essential to follow appropriate aftercare guidelines to prevent new pigmented spots from developing. In general, this includes protecting your skin from the sun with sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure when possible. Patients with hormone-induced hyperpigmentation may need to consider adjusting their medications, like birth control or hormone replacement therapy, with the approval and direction of their medical provider.

With a healthy lifestyle and appropriate preventive measures, IPL can keep your skin looking its best for years to come.

Erase dark spots and skin damage with IPL therapy in Nashville, TN

If you’re tired of trying to conceal dark, blotchy skin and are searching for the most effective hyperpigmentation treatment in Nashville, TN, IPL therapy may be right for you. Take the first step toward a clearer complexion by calling Brentwood Skin Clinic to schedule your IPL photorejuvenation consultation with Dr. Austin Mitchell or one of our award-winning aesthetic experts today. Don't forget about our October special, which includes our CBE Ferulic Serum included with every Full Face IPL package.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.