Of the many signs of aging, irregular brown and red pigmentation of skin is all too common. These changes are usually caused by sun exposure. The primary goal of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is to make the skin tone or color more even. The laser produces an intense but gentle burst of light targeting specific areas of irregularity in skin tone. The light energy in IPL is absorbed by the colors that we don't like, causing the generation of heat that damages the structure holding the color — the sun spot or dilated blood vessel. This leaves the skin tone more even and homogeneous. The procedure targets broken capillaries and reduces sun damage without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. In addition, IPL brightens the skin and gives it a youthful glow. With remarkably consistent results, this cosmetic procedure has happy results. IPL’s use is not covered by insurance carriers; cost depends on the area and number of treatments. It can be used anywhere on the face, arms, hands and chest. Some patients will just need a “spot treatment,” while others will require a partial or full-face procedure. Please contact Dr. Rick Smith’s office for more information about the procedure or to schedule a consultation.