Photorejuvenation® with IPL is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage with little to no downtime. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can safely and effectively treat a wide range of facial concerns, such as broken capillaries, benign brown pigment, sun spots, and uneven skin tones. IPL is also effective for improving rosacea and treating facial redness. It is used to increase collagen and improve acne scars when performed in addition to the Laser Genesis treatment.
What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology delivers a broad spectrum of light onto the skin’s surface to correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of sun damage, birthmarks, unwanted hair, small veins, and other blemishes. The wavelengths of light penetrate deep into the skin tissue to stimulate the cells beneath the skin’s surface, rejuvenating the skin and removing sun damage. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction.
What Concerns Can Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treat?
Since IPL targets both brown and red colors in the skin, Photorejuvenation® with IPL can simultaneously treat facial redness, small blood vessels, sun damage, benign brown pigmentation, rosacea, and uneven skin tones. Collagen is also stimulated during the IPL Photorejuvenation® process, leading to improvement in pore size, fine lines, and texture. Commonly the skin will appear younger after a series of IPL treatments.
IPL Treatment Areas
Any body part (except eyes) can be treated with IPL. The most commonly treated areas are face, neck, chest, and upper back since these areas typically have the most sun damage and redness.
How Do I Prepare For My IPL Treatments?
We cannot treat tanned patients with IPL. Therefore, it is very important for you to stay out of the sun for 4 weeks prior to treatment or use a broad-spectrum sunblock, with an SPF of 30 or higher, on a daily basis for one month prior to treatment. You should also stop any retinoids, such as Retin-A, Tazorac, Retinol, five days prior to your treatment. Certain oral medications increase photosensitivity and prohibit treatment. Please provide a complete list of medications and supplements to your provider at your initial visit and notify us of any changes at each session.
The Intense Pulsed Light Procedure
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of small rubber band. Occasionally, if we are working just to reduce pigment, we will pre-cool and post-cool an area with gel packs to help with the discomfort.
How Many IPL Treatments Can I Expect?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. It usually takes several treatments to get the desired results. If we are working to decrease facial redness or rosacea, it can take 6 or more treatments.
What Can I Expect After An Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?
The final result of IPL Photorejuvenation® is clearer, younger appearing skin. Immediately after treatment you may see any treated sun spots become slightly darker. It can take up to 3 weeks for the discoloration to slough off, almost like little cookie crumbs coming to the surface of the skin. The treated area may have a slight sunburned sensation for a few days following the treatment. There is usually little to no downtime, but in some cases it may look like a superficial burn and in rare cases a blister may appear. It is very important to follow all post treatment instructions and remember that you will be much more sun sensitive for several days after the treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection having an SPF of 30 or higher should be used on a daily basis after treatment.