Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy helps treat skin coloration and uneven skin tone. A series of treatments are typically performed to reduce hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, treat broken capillaries, and diminish redness of the skin. To a certain extent, the treatment also boosts collagen and elastin formation. The advantage of the IPL treatment is that there is typically no downtime.
During the treatment, a handheld device is passed across the top of the skin delivering pulses of broad spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment. IPL Photofacial treatments can be used on the face, neck, chest and just about anywhere else. A topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment areas prior to beginning so the patient feels little to no pain throughout the duration of the procedure.
Those with fair to medium skin tones are ideal candidates for IPL photofacial treatments. Patients with a higher Fitzpatrick score, with a tan, or those with melasma are not good candidates. Since IPL light rays are attracted to pigment, patients with darker skin tones can experience discoloration and those with melasma patches can experience darkening of the patches.
While some patients may see results after a single session, repeated sessions typically produce the most ideal outcome. Most patients will be recommended a series of 3-6 sessions depending on the level of pigmentation and area they would like to treat. Dr. Foulad will determine an individual treatment plan based on your specific goals and desired outcome during your consultation.
The following conditions can be effectively treated with our non-invasive IPL photofacial:
Damage from sun exposure
Brown and red spots
Visible blood vessels