Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive procedure that uses pulse of visible light to improve the appearance of the aging skin. It is most often performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands to erase the signs of aging. Among these signs of aging are fine lines, red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage. A series of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments bring a more youthful, smooth and revitalized skin appearance, with no downtime.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is clinically shown to reduce wrinkles and improve the tone of the skin by non-invasively stimulating new collagen production.
The type of response heard from patients after having Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is that they feel like their skin is lifted. There is a decrease in pore size, their skin feels tighter, and there is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
What are the benefits?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments are beneficial for the following:
- Improve appearance of aging or sun damage skin (fine wrinkles, freckles, pigmentation)
- Smoothen skin and reduce pore size
- Improve skin tone or tightness
- Reduce redness, flushing or Rosacea
- No recovery time
Am I a candidate for Intense Pulse Light?
The Best Candidates for Intense Pulse Light (IPL) are:
- People with early skin aging changes and sun damage who desire healthier more youthful skin
- People who suffer from Rosacea and experience flushing and redness of their skin
- People who don’t want to take time off to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels
- Active people who want to improve their skin, but do not want to interfere with social or outdoor activities.
How does Intense Pulse Light (IPL) work?
A specialized medical device delivers a series of pulses of light to the skin using settings that are customized to skin type and skin color. A series of five or more IPL treatments are performed at three-week intervals. The benefits of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) are consistent, visible changes from the first session, with little discomfort and minimal risk.
The light is changed to heat energy as it reaches to the level of the collagen beneath the skin surface. Red blemishes from broken blood vessels and brown spots of pigment from sun damage respond to the gentle, yet, Intense Pulsed Light.
What areas can be treated with Intense Pulse Light?
Intense Pulse Light can be used on any part of the skin. IPL is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, and chest and hands.
What results can I expect from IPL?
The effects of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) are cumulative. People with visible aging skin from the sun can expect to see smoother skin with a decrease in fine wrinkles, reduction in pore size and fading of sun spots. Others can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. Many people with rosacea can see improvement in the number of breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their medications.
Why are multiple treatments of IPL necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problems, a series of five or more treatments of IPL, spaced three weeks apart, is our standard recommendation. You can return to work the same day and resume all regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature people appreciate so much.
Are there any side effects from Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
Immediately following the procedure you may experience some redness and/or a slight darkening of pigmented areas. The redness usually dissipates within 24 hours; however, darkened pigmentation may persist and peel lightly for up to two week. Makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately, if necessary. Additionally, tattoos may be lightened and hair growth may be impaired in the treated area, although it is not the intended purpose of this particular treatment. It is extremely important to wear sun block and avoid sun exposure on a daily basis to reduce any potential side effects.
What are the IPL treatments like?
Each Intense Pulse Light treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. People with more sensitive skin may prefer to use a topical anesthetic cream applied 30-60 minutes before the treatment. After treatment, there is no discomfort – you can return to your normal routines and activities immediately. Occasionally, there may be signs of treatment such as redness or blotchiness that last for a few hours. You will see gradual improvement from each session, resulting in a dramatic improvement by the end of your treatment program. Results are very long-lasting, usually a year or longer.