Dr. Sherryl Shipes, DO, Board Certified and Fully Accredited Cosmetic Surgeon and Physician, is North Texas’ leader in advanced full body rejuvenation including cutting edge painless techniques including the EVO FORTE IPL 580 nm treatment. As of August, 2016, Dr. Shipes has the only EVO FORTE system in Texas installed in a doctor’s office. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy is also known as photorejuvenation or photofacial. IPL is used to treat sun damage, wrinkles, stretch marks, and age spots. It is also excellent in Dr. Shipes’ practice for lightening and reducing redness such as from rosacea, dilated or broken blood vessels on the face/neck/chest, and any other skin resurfacing issues. It improves skin texture over weeks after treatment by stimulating collagen. It improves pores and enhances the smoothness of the skin. One, three or five treatments may be indicated based on the aesthetic results achieved. The laser/IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible. Most people need 3-5 months to see full benefit, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different each time you are treated. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time. For veins, generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for two to five days. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently. Rarely, there is bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to resolve. For freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally be resolving at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear age spots. After the treatment, your skin will feel smoother and have a more even tone. A gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, age spots, and fine lines will be more visible after each treatment.