Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

What is Intense Pulse Light?

Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, is an amazingly versatile cosmetic and medical device – similar to a laser - that can be used for a wide range of skin treatments and therapies. The device never actually touches the skin. It is a high-powered flashgun used to deliver an intense light that targets specific problems such as brown spots, blood vessels (as in Rosacea or “spider veins”) and other blemishes. It is a proven means of rejuvenating skin and uncovering a youthful radiance.

Is IPL safe and effective?

IPL is quite effective as the light color and intensity is tailored to the targeted imperfection (brown spot, blood vessel, etc.). The result is usually quote noticeable within a few days. The changes are then gradual as a patient comes back for multiple treatments. Skin texture is smoothed, redness is faded or eliminated, and the youthful glow is unveiled. IPL has been used for about 20 years on millions of patients with an excellent safety record.

Does IPL require multiple, lengthy visits?

IPL treatments last 15 to 30 minutes. In order to generate optimal results, a series of treatments are required. The number of sessions varies depending on the patient’s skin type and goals. Following the initial series of treatments, after reaching the esthetic goals desired, a less frequent, regular maintenance is advised.

How long does it take to recover from IPL treatments?

While on occasion patients do experience some mild redness for a few hours after an IPL session, they almost always return to their normal routine immediately.

Do IPL treatments cause pain?

For the vast majority of patients, IPL is a painless procedure. However, deeper treatments may cause some mild discomfort that patients describe as tolerable and short lived.