By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Sick of age spots?
By:  Chrissy Thomas, RN

In my 18 years in the skin industry, one of the most common complaints I have heard from women is, “I hate these age spots!”  Uneven color can be brought on by sun damage and can make the skin look weathered and older.  When this is coupled with flushing or rosacea, it can be very difficult to cover up.The good news is that About Face Skin Care has your answer!  We are excited to introduce Lumecca IPL Therapy!   

IPL is used to treat a variety of skin issues besides just age spots.  This therapy is very popular to treat broken vessels, rosacea, flushing, acne, large pores and fine wrinkles.  Intense Pulse Light Therapy works to alleviate these problems using high-energy light waves that penetrate just below the skin surface.  The treatment “damages” melanin that makes brown spots and “damages” blood vessels that make broken capillaries.  The skin repairs itself, producing more collagen and elastin making a tighter, smoother skin surface.  Clients must not have any “tan” on the skin, including natural sun tan, tanning beds and sunless tanners. 

You must have a consultation with our Senior Laser Specialist (moi) to make sure there are no contraindications to getting the treatment and to review the pre and post instructions.  At the time of the procedure, your skin will be cleansed and everyone in the room will wear protective eyewear.  The treatment itself lasts anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area. Any post effects from the treatment are typically minor and subside in a few hours to a few days. Skin will be warm and may even have some redness or minor bruising.  Dark spots will turn darker and broken capillaries may look larger before they disappear.  IPL is typically done in a series of three treatments, and can be done on virtually any part of the body.

Of course when you work in a skin care practice, you will do things to yourself that we would never ask of clients.  Peggy was my beautiful client, turned friend, turned front desk employee, turned esthetician, graduate, turned esthetician for About Face Skin Care.  Watching Peggy evolve into a talented esthetician over the past three years has been a treat.  However, when I met her in 2005, she has been persistently pushing me to get an IPL machine.  Since we brought this machine into the practice, Peggy has been working on the damage on her arms from a lifetime of enjoying golf and other outdoor activities.  I asked Peggy if she could treat a “strip” of her arm and send it to me to show how effective our treatment can be.  You will agree that this photo is impressive.  There is no denying the incredible clearing of brown spots on the treated area and the most impressive part is that the photo was taken after ONE treatment.  (And, yes, we have allowed her to treat the entire area- Haha!)

If age spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, large pores, or fine wrinkles trouble you, you may be a perfect candidate for the Lumecca IPL!  Call and set up a free consultation appointment at 770-935 FACE (3223).  We can’t wait to meet you!

If you are interested in exploring About Face Skin Care and the options available to you, give us a call at 770-935-FACE (3223), or book online at http://www.aboutfaceskin.com.  We offer a no pressure environment and a free consultation.  We look forward to meeting you!