Treatment for Rosacea & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a revolutionary technology approved by the FDA to treat over 20 skin conditions. At Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates, Dr. Ernest Kornmehl relies on the Lumenis Optima IPL system to treat inflamed blood vessels related to rosacea, a skin condition characterized by facial redness or flushing. Dr. Kornmehl also uses IPL treatment to target inflamed blood vessels that contribute to meibomian gland dysfunction, a prominent cause of dry eye disease.
Lumenis Optima IPL is safe and effective, and many providers consider it the industry gold standard for the treatment of vascular (blood vessels) lesions. With Dr. Kornmehl at the helm, IPL treatment is gentle and comfortable, and so quick that it can be conveniently scheduled on a lunch break from work. Treatment is combined with LipiFlow to target the root cause of the problem (instead of simply alleviating the symptoms) to dramatically reduce or eliminate facial redness and restore the functional meibomian glands to their optimal state.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL sends pulses of broad-spectrum light through the surface of your skin to target the abnormal blood vessels that cause inflammation. The blood absorbs the light at certain wavelengths and heat is generated. In response to the heat, your body starts to remove the abnormal blood vessels and reverse the inflammation. Over a period of a few weeks following treatment, the vessels close and are resorbed. This improves your skin’s appearance and restores meibomian gland function.
What Happens During IPL Treatment?
IPL is an in-office treatment. A treatment session lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Every effort is made to optimize your safety and comfort. For instance, prior to treatment, Dr. Kornmehl applies a coupling gel to the targeted area to cool and protect your skin. You are also asked to wear protective pads throughout the treatment session.
As Dr. Kornmehl works on the targeted skin, you may feel a warm, light snapping sensation when the light hits your skin. However, this should not be painful.
After your initial IPL treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction, Dr. Kornmehl may recommend LipiFlow treatment to gently express blocked glands and restore the normal flow of oil to the tear film.
Some patients see the desired results in as few as one to two treatments. In most cases, though, four sessions performed within 3-4 weeks is recommended to achieve the desired treatment outcome. Maintenance treatments are recommended once every six to 12 months. Dr. Kornmehl can recommend the number and frequency of treatments based on your specific needs and goals.
What Can I Expect After IPL Treatment?
After treatment, you may experience slight redness around the targeted areas. This redness usually resolves within a few hours.
Normal activities can be resumed the same day as treatment and makeup can usually be applied after three days. Direct sun exposure, self-tanning methods and tanning beds are not permitted during the therapeutic period; sunscreen should be used to protect the skin when going outdoors.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Kornmehl
For more information about IPL for the treatment of rosacea or meibomian gland dysfunction, Dr. Kornmehl invites you to schedule a consultation at our Boston practice.