What is IPL used for?
A series of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can improve the appearance of the skin in many different ways. IPL equipment can be adjusted to target a wide variety of issues. It is a cost-effective tool that can be customized to address the patient’s specific concern. IPL is a good choice to address the signs of rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. It is also used effectively for hair removal. The treatment also reduces large pores and acne, corrects dark circles around the eyes, and reduces fine lines. The treatment takes just a few minutes and involves little or no down time. You can resume normal activities immediately.
How does the treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body. For hair removal the equipment is set to heat the hair follicle and impede hair growth. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur. Limiting sun exposure for several weeks after treatment is necessary to minimize the risk of complications.
What improvements will I see?
Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Many have seen 70% to 90% improvement. After successive treatments, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone.
How may treatments are needed?
For optimal results, a series of 3-6 treatments are recommended. Cost of treatment will vary with the amount of surface area treated and individual clinic charges. Some patients see significant improvement in 2 to 3 treatments; others require more. Follow-up treatments may be desired one to two times a year.