Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) non-invasively banishes hyperpigmentation, sun and age spots with Intense Pulsed Light to remove damaged cells at the deepest levels of your skin.
How Does it Work?
IPL is a laser technology that delivers a broad spectrum of light beneath the skin’s surface to reverse the signs of sun damage, age spots and hyperpigmentation. The light energy in IPL is absorbed by the pigments in our skin that we don’t like; causing intense heat that damages or destroys the structure that holds the color to ultimately remove sun damage.
What can I expect during the treatment?
During an IPL session, the intense blast of light and heat may be mildly uncomfortable. The discomfort feels like the mild snapping of a rubber band. The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the skin condition. Immediately after treatment you may see the treated spots become slightly darker. The treated area may have a slight sunburned sensation for a few days. It can take up to 3 weeks for the discoloration to slough off. For best results, 3-6 treatments are necessary spaced about one month apart. After a series, touch up treatment is recommended once or twice a year to maintain improvement.
What are the results?
Visible results become apparent after just one treatment. In the weeks following, skin is more evenly toned, pore size is reduced and there is a noticeable reduction in the appearance of age spots, discoloration, broken blood vessels, acne, redness and fine lines and wrinkles. The result after a series of IPL treatments is clearer, younger-looking skin.
Is it Safe?
The downtime with IPL is dependent on the amount of underlying damaged cells the client may have. The darkened spots can be covered with makeup but require 5-7 days to fully slough off. However, the redness will subside in a couple of hours.
Contraindications in Laser Therapy.
No accutane use or history of use in the past 6 months.
If prior history of HSV, the patient should be treated with an anti-viral medication 2 days prior and 5 days post treatment. Please inform the nurse practitioner, so she can prescribe you the anti-viral prior to treatment.
No use of suntan products or sunbathing at least two weeks prior to treatment.
No use of photo-sensitive drugs like tetracycline or doxycycline.
Discontinue Retain-A or Retinol two days prior to treatment and resumed 2 days after treatment with laser.
Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI are usually contraindicated for laser use.
If permanent makeup exist, treatment should be taken into consideration as IPL can remove tattoo and disrupt pigment.
No history of seizure disorder or Epilepsy.
No recent use of Neuromodulator or Dermal fillers, please wait two weeks for laser treatment.
Lupus is contraidicated as it is a light activated condition.
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