Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a form of light therapy used to treat a range of skin conditions.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment - $275
Similar to a laser treatment, IPL is a type of light therapy that is used to enhance the skin’s appearance by treating superficial wrinkles and uneven skin tone such as sun spots and redness. Also referred to as a photofacial, fotofacial, or sometimes known as photorejuvenation, IPL works like a photo flash, releasing many different wavelengths of light. Unlike a laser, which is more focused, the scattered light of IPL treatments penetrate down to the second layer of your skin without harming the top layer and doing less overall damage.
- Age spots
- Tighten pores and skin
- Reduce the severity of acne
- Less hyperpigmentation
- Sun damage
- Broken blood vessels
How IPL Works
Pigment cells in the skin absorb the light energy from the laser and convert it into heat. The heat then destroys the unwanted pigment, clearing up freckles and other spots. The heat also destroys hair follicles to prevent hair from growing in the treatment area again.
Though IPL treatment can be done anywhere on the body, it may not work as well on uneven areas. IPL also isn’t recommended for people with dark skin tones or thick, raised keloid scars. Individuals with light-colored hair won’t experience as effective results as people with darker hair.
How to Prepare For Treatment
Before the procedure, a skin care specialist will examine the client’s skin and explain what to expect. Individuals with inflammatory acne or eczema will be provided with special information regarding the healing process.
Prior to treatment, patients will be instructed to avoid the following for two weeks before the procedure:
- Direct sunlight
- Tanning beds
- Chemical peels
- Collagen injections
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding
- Creams or products containing vitamin A, RetinA, or glycolic acid
What to Expect During Treatment
The skincare specialist will begin by cleansing the treatment area. Then, they will rub a cool gel onto the skin to help numb the treatment area and provide dark glasses to protect the client’s eyes during the procedure. Light pulses from the IPL device will then be applied to the skin.
The pulses might cause a stinging sensation that may feel like being snapped with a rubber band.
Depending on which part of the body is being treated and how large the area is, the entire procedure may take 20 to 30 minutes.
For optimal results, clients may need three to six treatments spaced about one month apart to let the skin heal properly. Hair removal requires six to 12 treatments.
There is no downtime and clients should be able to resume daily activities. Clients can expect redness and sensitivity to last for a few hours as if they got sunburned. Some clients may also experience slight swelling and need to avoid washing their skin with hot water until it heals.