Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is also sometimes called photorejuvenation, photofacial, and fotofacial. A non-surgical, non-ablative non-laser treatment, IPL can improve:
- Sun damage
- Brown or age spots
- Red spider veins on the face / broken capillaries
- Acne and burn scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin texture
- Collagen production
The IPL device delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light to deep layers of the skin, while leaving the surface skin relatively undamaged. As a result, IPL usually requires no downtime compared to dermabrasion and most laser treatments that can require time to heal the surface of the skin.
IPL can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs, and it is safe and effective for most skin types. Most patients need three to six treatments every three to four weeks to achieve an optimal outcome. Spider veins, scars, and dark spots usually take the longest to treat, and the improvement is gradual.
Your Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Procedure
A cooling gel is first applied to your skin, and the IPL device is passed over the area to be treated. No anesthetic is needed because it feels only like the quick snap of a rubber band.
The amount of time required for your treatment will depend on the size of the area to be treated.
Recovering from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Since IPL does not damage the surface skin, no downtime is required. Some patients do experience some mild redness and a sensation similar to a slight sunburn, but these symptoms usually go away within a matter of hours. People with particularly sensitive skin may experience some crusting for a day or two. Dark spots may actually look darker for a couple of days before they begin to become lighter.
It is vital that you wear sunblock when outdoors after your IPL treatment, as your skin will be especially prone to sunburn. Results from IPL are long-lasting, but you can maintain them longer by always protecting your skin from the sun when outside and having yearly maintenance treatments.