What is IPL?

IPL (intense pulse light) is a non-invasive skin renewal treatment that can improve your complexion significantly. The natural aging process and repeated sun exposure can damage our skin over time. Rosacea, acne scars, melasma, facial spider veins, skin tone/clarity, freckles, stretch marks, age spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation are all sources of concern for a person considering IPL treatment or skin resurfacing.

IPL is used to treat the following:

IPL photo facial is a light based therapy treatment that uses a multi-wavelength light to remove or diminish:

  • sun damage
  • age spots
  • acne pigmentation / acne scars
  • Rosacea
  • melasma
  • skin tone/clarity
  • freckles
  • stretch marks
  • facial spider veins
  • hyperpigmentation (including melasma, vascular irregularities (broken capillaries), and spider veins)
  • wrinkles

This treatment can be done on all parts of the body where there is skin discoloration. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the patient and the condition of the skin.

What are the potential side effects of IPL?

When performed by a skilled technician, there is very little risk associated with IPL treatments. Some possible side effects are hormonal flare-ups of brown spots, scarring, discoloration, or pain.

Are there any restrictions on sun exposure after IPL?

After treatment, it is imperative that you limit your sun exposure. You will want to make sure you use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even if it is a cloudy day.

Does IPL work for acne scars?

IPL is a great option for those looking to treat active acne or acne scars. If your skin has a tendency to leave keloid scars, you should talk to your doctor before using IPL to treat any concerns.

Is IPL covered by insurance?

IPL is considered a cosmetic procedure and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. Check out our financing page to learn about accepted payment options.

Is IPL safe for all skin types?

The multiple wavelengths in IPL target different concerns. The shorter wavelengths target darker areas of the skin containing more melanin, like sunspots or freckles. Individuals with darker skin tones may not be advised to use IPL as it can cause discoloration. We recommend the Fraxel Laser for darker skin tones as it can be adjusted to accommodate each patient's melanin level.

How long does an IPL treatment session usually last?

Depending on the treatment area, your IPL session will last around 20-30 minutes.

Is IPL painful?

While IPL is not considered painful, there is a unique sensation associated with the treatment. Many have compared the feeling to a rubber band snapping against their skin. If you are concerned about feeling any discomfort, your provider can apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment area beforehand.

Are there any specific pre treatment instructions for IPL?

It is recommended that you come to your appointment with a clean, naked face. Avoiding products with fragrance or other additives that may irritate your skin is also advised on the day of your appointment, as well as making sure you have not tanned for at least four weeks before your appointment.

Can IPL be used for hair removal?

IPL treatments have been found to be an effective form of permanent hair removal.

Are there any age restrictions for IPL treatments?

There is no age minimum or maximum for IPL treatments, but minors will need parental or guardian consent in order to have this treatment done.

How does IPL compare to other cosmetic treatments like laser therapy or chemical peels?

Laser Therapy only uses one wavelength, unlike IPL which uses multiple in a pulsing manner to treat more than one skin concern at a time. Laser Therapy uses a targeted approach that only allows it to treat one concern at a time. IPL has a very quick recovery, unlike chemical peels which can leave your skin raw and tender for up to a week after treatment.

Are there any long-term effects of IPL treatment?

If you are a candidate for IPL treatments and are in good health, you should only experience positive long-term effects, like improved complexion. The effects can last for around a year or more with proper maintenance.

What is IPL treatment?

IPL stands for intense pulse light and is a non-invasive skin renewal treatment designed to significantly improve your complexion.

How does IPL Work?

IPL uses light energy to precisely target pigmented or damaged skin cells and hair follicles. The handheld device is placed on the skin by your medical professional, then the multiple wavelengths heat cells and break them down so your body can remove these damaged cells naturally.

What conditions can be treated with IPL?

IPL can be used to treat the following conditions and concerns:nSun Damage, Age Spots, Acne Pigmentation, Rosacea, Melasma, Skin Tone/Clarity, Freckles, Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Hyperpigmentation, and Wrinkles.

How many IPL sessions are usually required for optimal results?

The number of sessions needed will vary from person to person depending on their aesthetic desires and skin types. On average people can expect to need around 4-6 treatments scheduled four weeks apart.

What should I expect after an IPL appointment?

After an IPL treatment, your skin may feel warm and tender, like you have a sunburn, for up to six hours after the procedure. You can use ice packs or cool wash clothes to relieve any discomfort. You may notice redness on the face and more depth to your dark spots, but they should fall off within a couple of weeks. You will also want to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer to keep the skin clean and hydrated.

Can I undergo IPL if I have a tan?

It is best to have IPL treatment on skin that has not been overexposed to the sun. If you have spent prolonged time in the sun or tanned in a tanning bed, you will want to wait at least four weeks before your IPL treatment.

Can IPL be used on all parts of the body?

IPL can be used to treat concerns on all areas of the body.

How much does IPL treatment cost?

Your doctor can provide you with a more accurate estimate of the cost of IPL treatment during a consultation. Because every patient has different needs and desires, their treatments will have different costs.

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