Intense pulsed light therapy, also commonly known as IPL treatment or IPL photofacial, is a cosmetic skin care treatment used to improve the skin's color and texture without surgery. This treatment can undo a significant portion of the visible damage on skin caused by sun exposure. IPL can help remediate the appearance of red, splotchy, or discolored skin and unwanted hair. Other uses can include reducing the appearance of scars, lightening darkened patches of skin, and improving the appearance of spider veins. IPL works similarly to laser therapy, such as our VBeam® Laser, Fraxel®, laser hair removal, and tattoo removal laser treatments.
What Is IPL Treatment?
IPL photofacial is a non-invasive, professional-grade cosmetic procedure that uses high-energy light waves to penetrate the skin at its deepest layers, heating the dermis and encouraging natural collagen production in the body, all with minimal downtime. Collagen is a natural protein found in the body that firms and tightens the skin, making it appear smoother, plumper, clearer and creating a more lifted, youthful appearance. Intense pulsed light treatment is a non-ablative therapy (does not harm or remove the upper layer of the skin) that focuses on penetrating through deeper skin layers to improve the skin's tone, texture, firmness, and overall appearance, for skin that looks as youthful as you feel.
While IPL works in a similar way to laser therapy, IPL delivers multiple wavelengths, meaning it can be used to treat a larger area of skin in a shorter period of time than laser therapy, providing significant improvements to a greater surface area of skin. IPL treatment for pigmentation and various other skin problems can help make your dream skin a visible reality.
How IPL Treatment Works
IPL skin treatment can treat a variety of visible skin problems, including pigmented lesions, vascular lesions (small blood vessels), freckles, rosacea, age spots, fine lines, spider veins, discolored skin, dark spots from hormonal changes, liver or age spots, stretch marks, acne scars, sun damage, birthmarks, varicose veins, unwanted hair, and uneven skin texture, among other skin problems. IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in the skin. Once the skin is sufficiently heated with these rays, the body then rids itself of unwanted cells, which results in the removal of the skin problems being treated. IPL skin treatment can treat various visible skin problems, including the following.
- Pigmented Lesions
- Vascular Lesions (Small Blood Vessels)
- Age Spots
- Fine Lines
- Spider Veins
- Discolored Skin
- Dark Spots From Hormonal Changes
- Liver Or Age Spots
- Stretch Marks
- Acne Scars
- Sun Damage
During treatments, IPL devices send out wavelengths of pulsating light to treat a range of different skin conditions at the same time. Since the IPL light does not harm surrounding, healthy tissue, this treatment has a quicker healing time. Using a handheld device, our skin specialists will target multiple wavelengths onto your skin. This light heats and breaks down skin cells, which is then removed by the body, producing a smoother, clearer appearance.
What Areas Can Be Treated With IPL Photofacial?
Intense pulsed light therapy can be used to treat skin located on a variety of different areas of the body. IPL photofacial treatment can be used on the face and neck to correct skin pigmentation issues, smooth fine lines, and remove visible capillaries and scars, among other skin issues. IPL hair removal may also be used to remove body hair from various body areas.
IPL photofacial is suitable for most patients who have areas of skin with dark spots, age spots, sun damage, and rosacea, as well as wrinkles, red complexion, acne scars, and large pores. This treatment tends to work best on patients with a light-to-medium complexion and those without severe sun damage. For more information about areas of the body we treat, please contact our dermatology office.
Who Should Get IPL Treatment?
IPL treatment for rosacea and other unwanted skin issues performs at its peak on patients with pale, light, or medium skin tones. Talk with your Gainesville dermatologist if you seek to reduce or remove the following skin issues. Your skin health professional can help identify and put together the best treatment plan for your skin's health needs and your cosmetic wishes.
- Age Spots
- Broken Blood Vessels
- Brown Spots
- Discolored Skin
- Fine Wrinkles
- Liver Spots
- Redness From Rosacea
- Spider Viens
- Stretch Marks
- Unwanted Hair
How To Prepare For IPL Treatment
Prior to your IPL photofacial, your skin care specialist will examine your skin and discuss the procedure with you, including what to expect during your IPL photofacial. During this, inform them of any skin conditions you have or have experienced, particularly those that might affect your healing following IPL treatment, such as inflammatory acne or eczema, among other skin conditions. Your skin care specialist may recommend avoiding certain activities, medications, and other products for 2 weeks or more before your procedure.
In preparation for your treatment, avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels, collagen injections, drugs that increase your risk of bleeding, and creams or other skin products that contain any type of vitamin A, such as RetinA, retinol, or glycolic acid. Additionally, you should avoid skin irritants such as perfume, makeup, and deodorant. For more information about preparing for treatment, contact Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center.