Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a laser light treatment used to treat a variety of skin conditions. IPL uses short blasts of a polychromatic, high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin’s surface. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the dark spots and dispersing the uneven red pigment. IPL treats pigment issues, such as brown spots and sun damage and vascular conditions, such as broken capillaries (“spider veins”) and Rosacea. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen and tightens large pores. IPL can be used on the face, hands, and body. A series of three to six treatments is usually required to achieve optimal results. Treatments are spaced one month apart and as with other laser procedures, you must avoid sun exposure following treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL Photofacial cost?
Schedule a consultation to learn more about cost for IPL treatments.
What does IPL do for the skin?
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) lightens and removes sun spots, age spots, brown blotches, lightens and reduces redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels, broken blood vessels, improves the skins texture through collagen stimulation, and improves pore size.
How long does it take for IPL treated skin to heal?
A series of three to six treatments is usually required to achieve optimal results. Treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart and, as with other laser procedures, you must avoid sun exposure following treatment.
How often can you have an IPL Photofacial?
A series of three to six treatments is usually required to achieve optimal results. Treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart and as with other laser procedures, you must avoid sun exposure following treatment.
How long does a Photofacial last?
Results may last up to 6 months, but sun exposure must be avoided.
What are the benefits of an IPL Photofacial?
Lightening and removing sun spots, age spots, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body. Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and broken blood vessels. Helps to improve skin texture through collagen stimulation and it improves pore size.
Is a Photofacial the same as IPL?
Photofacials usually refer to IPL treatments and LED treatments (light-emitting diode). These are the two most popular photofacial treatments. IPL treatments are more effective.
What should I do after a Photofacial?
Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, and hot showers for 1-2 days. Avoid skin irritants like tretinoin, retinols, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, exfoliates, and alcohol for at least 3 days post-procedure.
What can I expect after a Photofacial?
You can expect your brown spots to turn darker within 24-48 hours and then flake off within one week. Redness and swelling are common and will resolve within one week.
Is IPL laser dangerous?
Does IPL have any side effects?
Possible side effects include swelling, redness, and darkening of brown spots.
Does IPL work for brown spots?
Yes, IPL lightens and removes brown spots.
Can IPL cause cancer?
IPL has not been known to cause cancer.
Does IPL work on broken capillaries?
Yes, IPL lightens and reduces redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and broken blood vessels.