As time goes on, many people get ages spots or freckles on their faces and bodies. Unfortunately, these can increase in numbers and become darker, becoming more noticeable. Many med spas offer treatments that will remove or reduce the signs of age spots.
Let’s understand the two techniques most commonly used: microneedling vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Both of these treatments have benefits for specific skin conditions.
The Microneedling technique uses an electric skin needling device. When passed over the surface of the skin, this device makes multiple tiny, shallow skin punctures. These small breaks in the skin immediately stimulate the skin to produce collagen. As collagen production increases the skin gets plump and thicker, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. The process of micro needling also breaks up melanin in the skin absorbing it into the body, so it is an effective treatment for age spots.
Optimum results usually require multiple treatments. The area and the type of skin treated determine the number of treatments needed. The result is beautiful smooth skin with an even tone.
At Abloom Med Spa, we use the award-winning Dermapen for our treatments.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a laser treatment that targets dark spots on the skin. IPL is used for lightening and removing sun spots, age spots, and brown blotches on the face, and upper body. The spots usually appear darker after the treatment, but a few days later they flake off leaving behind smooth even toned skin. IPL can be more efficient than micro needling at removing age spots because not only are the brown freckles removed but the background pigmentation as well.
IPL isn’t as good of treatment for smoothing skin texture and isn’t as effective in encouraging collagen production. So IPL is not good if getting rid of wrinkles is a priority. IPL can be used in combination with microneedling.
No matter which treatment you seek, it’s important to consult with an expert technician to find the treatment that will give the best results for your skin type. Contact Abloom Med Spa today and set up a consultation with one of our skin experts. Call 623-691-8319 for a free consultation.