IPL or Intense pulse light is a light based device used to improve the appearance of red and brown skin discoloration, as well as tighten and refine the appearance of the skin. This process is also known as photofacial or photo rejuvenation.

What is an IPL?

IPL is a laser hand piece that delivers high intensity, non-ablative (does not damage the surface of the skin.) pulses. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched. The thermal effect of IPL causes production of new collagen, leading to improvement in wrinkles.

What are the advantages of IPL?

IPL does not damage the skin surface, therefore there is no downtime. Treatments take about thirty-five to forty -five minuets and a patient can apply makeup immediately after the treatment and go back to work the same day. There is minimal discomfort and a large area may be treated during one visit.

What are the disadvantages of IPL?

There is little damage to the skin surface; therefore several treatments are required to see the desired effect. For best results, approximately 4-6 treatments, spaced three weeks apart.

What are the side effects?

Side effects may include transient redness and increased or decreased pigment in the treated area. Minimizing sun exposure can reduce these side effects.