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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a photorejuvenation treatment that targets specific types of skin damage. The long-term effects of aging and sun damage can eventually cause things like irregular pigmentation, sun spots, and freckles. Those, along with fine lines and wrinkles, are among the most common treatments using IPL. Over a lifetime’s worth of exposure to the sun, that ultraviolet light slowly and inevitably wears on the skin. This causes the very damage that is associated with aging skin, along with several other issues such as broken capillaries, rough skin texture, and enlarged pores.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial can be used to treat a handful of different spots and imperfections that regularly appear on the face.

How does Intense Pulsed Light work?

IPL, oftentimes also called Photofacial, uses a combination of bright lights and specified filters that target particular unwanted facial blemishes. The beam of light passes through the skin and is then absorbed by either the hemoglobin or melanin. This results in fragmenting of melanin pigment or damage to the vessel wall, which allows the body to then naturally heal the area, reducing the visibility of those marks. Patients can often see slight improvement after a single treatment, although 3-5 treatments are recommended for the best results.

IPL differs from many other skin treatments in that it specifically targets only the lower layers of skin. Because of this, there is minimal downtime for Intense Pulsed Light procedures. While skin treatments such as Microneedling offer plenty of benefits of their own, those treatments that target the top layers of skin tend to come with a bit of downtime. IPL treatments can be done in the duration of a lunch break, with minimal visible evidence of the procedure to impede the remaining work day. Despite the difference in methods and downtimes, both Intense Pulsed Light therapy and Microneedling offer tremendous benefits for patients aiming to achieve the look that they want!

What can it treat?

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Broken capillaries
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin texture