by Dave Bricker
Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation offers effective treatment for sun-damaged skin. At 51 years old, I’m looking back at decades spent under the Florida sun, and those years really show when I look at my skin, especially my forearms. In my teens and twenties and during the time I spent 15 years living on a sailboat, I was proud of the fact that I could go out in the sun all day without sunscreen and not burn. Today, I cover up, wear sunscreen, and regret the arrogance of my youth.
Unlike many of Dr. Busso’s patients, I’m not overly worried about appearances. But I am worried about the possible health effects of all that sun exposure. Like smoking, sun exposure is one of those problems that catches up to you later—and we’ve all seen the damage caused by skin cancer.
Fortunately, a skin examination didn’t reveal anything dangerous, but I had plenty of red spots, brown spots, and crusty areas (keratosis) that looked unhealthy, and that had the potential to evolve into something that was unhealthy. Dr. Busso suggested his Ellipse IPL Laser could repair a lot of the sun damage by targeting the pigmented cells.
The Ellipse IPL Laser isn’t actually a laser at all, though it works much like medical lasers do. An intense pulse of light (IPL)—kind of like a camera flash—is directed at the affected area. The light is of a particular frequency that incinerates cells in a certain color range while leaving healthy cells untouched. The Ellipse’s frequency can be tuned to target spider veins, freckles, acne, hair follicles, and other types of cells depending on the desired treatment result. Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation targets the red and brown spots associated with sun damage.
After shaving my arms, a very cold, transparent ultrasound gel was applied to the skin and then the laser treatment was administered in a grid style up and down each arm. Total treatment time for each Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation session was about 20 minutes. I was treated three times at four-week intervals. Continue reading →