Intense Pulse Light
What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
IPLs are a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. This treatment can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure — called photoaging.
An IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time. Since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue, you can get better quickly.
IPL treatments can lessen or get rid of:
- Stretch marks
- Liver or age spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Brown spots also called liver or age spots
- Dark spots from hormonal changes
- Discolored skin
- Fine wrinkles
- Redness from rosacea
- Spider veins
- Unwanted hair
What kind of skin works best with IPLs?
IPLs work best if you have fair or light brown skin. They are not recommended if you are sensitive to light, recently tanned, use retinoid treatment or have severe scarring.
How is the treatment typically carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles (stick on laser eye shields may be used for facial rejuvenation treatments) to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The area will also be cooled to increase comfort during treatment. The light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighboring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area moisturized.
How can I prepare for an IPL treatment?
- Avoid sun exposure 2 weeks before your treatment.
- Avoid electrolysis, tweezing, threading, bleaching, waxing or Nair 6 weeks before your treatment.
- Avoid using tanning beds. Bronzers and tanning creams must be completely exfoliated off the skin.
- No photo-sensitive medication in the last 14 days prior to treatment, like antibiotics or anesthesia.
- We must wait at least 14 days after the last dosage of any photosensitive medication to treat.
- Make sure the areas being treated have been shaved.
After treatments, what precautions should I take?
- Immediately after treatment, you might experience erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This can usually last a few hours and then will subside.
- No additional heat such as saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, extremely hot showers, or strenuous activities for a minimum of 48 hours after your treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks after your treatment to avoid any hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation, a minimum of SPF 30 should be used on all areas which were treated.
- Avoid picking or scratching the treated areas. Exfoliate the area treated a week after treatment.
- Shaving should be the only method one should be used to remove unwanted hair while doing laser hair removal.