Improving Age Spots & Lesions

Our highly trained medical aestheticians use intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments to restore the skin to a clearer, healthier-looking state. At our clinic in Chicago, age spot removal is effectively performed on the face to reduce the damages caused by sun damage and aging. It also resolves redness from capillaries or rosacea, and uneven skin color or tone over a series of IPL treatments. The most commonly treated areas are those that are most often exposed to harmful UV rays: the face, neck, hands, and chest.

What IPL Can Treat

  • Pigmented age spots
  • Rosacea 
  • Acne
  • Uneven skin tone and texture 
  • Unwanted freckles
  • Red or broken capillaries 
  • Spider veins
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How Does IPL Work?

When the IPL device is applied to the skin, intense pulsed light energy closes off blood vessels by selectively heating them, reducing these skin spots and vascular lesions while keeping the surrounding skin and tissue from injury. 

With age spots and pigmented lesions, the light energy heats the melanin in the lesion and causes it to break apart. These fragments are then absorbed by the body and eliminated. The result is clearer, improved skin. 

IPL Treatment Details

You will need to avoid sun exposure and tanned skin when planning to undergo an IPL treatment. In addition, refrain from taking any antibiotics or photosensitizing medications that may make you extra sensitive to UV rays. Do not use any retinol products for one week prior to your appointment. 

Before treatment, we will cleanse your skin and give you a topical numbing cream if needed. We will also give you protective eyewear and apply a cool gel that will help you stay comfortable during treatment, as well as helping to conduct the light energy to the skin more effectively. Your specialist will pass the handheld device over the skin, delivering the pulses of light deeply into the skin. This intense pulsed light energy is absorbed into precise targeted areas of the skin without damaging any of the surrounding healthy skin. If the sensation starts to get too warm, we encourage you to let us know. We can always pause for a little icing of the area. IPL treatment time is usually takes 15-30 minutes, but this will vary from patient to patient.

The amount of treatments you will need will depend on how severe your lesions are. Our specialists will help design a customized treatment plan specifically for your skin.

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Recovery and Results

After an IPL procedure for age spot removal and other lesion treatment, your skin will be red and puffy for about three days. The lesions may become darker, but will then peel or flake off. 

It’s incredibly important to be aggressive with sun protection during recovery and during the weeks following your procedure. Use a good sunscreen, sunglasses, scarves, and hats to protect your skin. Most of your results will become apparent about two weeks following treatment, with final results at 3-5 months.

Age Spot Removal at Beautify at AMS

If you’re interested in receiving age spot removal in Chicago, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation with our specialists. It’s important to us to get the results you want—in fact, to us it’s priceless when a patient looks in the mirror and likes what they see. Beautify at AMS is a full-range medical spa and plastic surgery center serving the Chicago area and beyond. We aren’t like a day spa where you come in and lounge; rather, we are a results-driven practice with a focus on achieving your cosmetic goals. To learn more, contact us today.

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