Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used to treat a variety of different skin conditions ranging from rosacea to age spots. An IPL treatment is gentle and carries a very low risk of side effects. If you are interested in more youthful, radiant skin, see how IPL may benefit you.

Common Skin Conditions Treated With IPL

  • Sun spots, age spots, and brown patches
  • Redness, rosacea, and broken blood vessels
  • Skin flushing
  • Improving texture, stimulating collagen, and reducing oiliness

How Does IPL Treatment Work?

The IPL device targets hemoglobin and or melanin by emitting a wide spectrum of light. The light beam is absorbed by the melanin or hemoglobin once it passes through the skin. This damages the blood vessel or fragments the melanin pigment, which are made less visible once the body absorbs them.

Is IPL Treatment Painful?

During an IPL treatment, a patient may feel some mild discomfort, but this procedure is typically tolerated quite well by most patients. The first treatment is the one that usually causes the most discomfort, but as your skin clears up, the treatments generally get more and more comfortable.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

For most patients, IPL treatments take about three to five months to achieve desired results. This consists of three to five treatments, which are performed once a month. After each treatment, it is likely that you will notice an improvement, but these results can vary depending on each individual case.

After Treatment

If you are treating veins with IPL, the skin may appear redder for approximately two to five days following the procedure. As long as it is applied and removed gently, makeup can be worn right after treatment. For those looking to get rid of freckles and age spots, they may look darker for three to seven days and crusting can occur. The lesions will begin to clear and are usually resolved in about a month’s time.