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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)


 

This treatment utilizes Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to help brighten the skin and improve its tone and clarity. One of the unique advantages of IPL is that it is a “broad spectrum” approach that has the potential to address more than one skin issue in a single, state-of-the-art treatment.

 

What can be treated with an IPL?

Sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea and flushing, visible blood vessels and enlarged pores can all be treated with IPL.

How does an IPL Work?

IPL does not use lasers, but another type of powerful light source called Intense Pulsed Light that reaches the deeper layers of skin tissue. Your provider will apply the gel to your clean skin. You’ll wear goggles to protect your eyes. The handheld IPL device will go right on your skin. The session will probably last 20 or 30 minutes. Large areas could take an hour or more.

While most people are fine with the light pulses, the treatment could sting a little. It might feel like someone is snapping a rubber band on you. It may feel like you have a sunburn for 4-6 hours after you’re finished. A cold compress or a cool washcloth can help you feel better.

Your skin may be red or swollen for a day or two. Some of your brown spots may get darker, but they should flake off within a week or two. During the treatment series, it is very important to protect your skin from the sun.