What is IPL used for?

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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.

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