Intense Pulsed Light Skin Rejuvenation
What is an IPL Treatment?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy helps treat skin discoloration and uneven skin tone. IPL treatments effectively treat sun spots, freckles, small visible blood vessels, redness, and rosacea. The treatment also boosts collagen formation to a certain extent. This results in some improvement of skin texture and fine lines. IPL treatments are quick and typically have no significant downtime. Dr. Foulad generally recommends a series of IPL treatments in order to achieve the best result possible.
How is an IPL Treatment Performed?
During an IPL treatment, a handheld device passes across the skin surface. As the device moves, it delivers pulses of broad spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. There can be some discomfort during each pulse. Some people describe it as a mild sensation of a snapping rubber band. Although not usually needed, topical numbing cream can be applied to the skin to ensure comfort if needed. IPL treatments are most common at the face, neck, chest, and hands. However, you can treat almost any area of skin on your body.
Ideal candidates for IPL therapy are those with fair to medium skin tones. Patients with darker skin may not be appropriate candidates. Neither are those who tend to get thick, raised keloid scars. There is an increased risk of forming pigmentation irregularities in patients with darker skin and melasma.
Some patients see results after a single IPL session. However, in most cases a series of sessions is best in order to obtain a worthwhile outcome. Dr. Foulad recommends most patients receive a series of 3 to 6 sessions for an optimum result. Dr. Foulad will determine an individual treatment plan based on your specific goals and desired outcome during your consultation.
After the IPL treatment, there may be mild redness and darkening of spots. This typically resolves within a few days to a week. Most patients are comfortable returning to work and social activities the same or following day.