What is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?
Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment option also known as a photofacial. The treatment is intended to improve the tone and texture of the skin without requiring surgery or other invasive options. IPL can be used to treat areas including the face, neck, chest, or hands.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL uses precise and intense light energy to target pigmented cells within the skin. This differs from laser treatments, as IPL emits multiple wavelengths of pulsating light. As the light targets these cells, heat is generated. This damages the cells, triggering the body to remove them and stimulate new collagen to repair the skin. This results in more even skin tone with reduced redness or brown spots as well as improved texture with reduced wrinkles or fine lines.
What Are the Benefits of IPL?
IPL can be beneficial for a wide range of tone and texture issues in the skin. For example, IPL can treat:
- Acne and acne scars
- Age spots
- Birth marks
- Discoloration and dark spots such as melasma
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Spider veins and other visible or damaged veins
- Stretch marks
- Unwanted hair
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Who is a Good Candidate for IPL?
IPL is a safe and suitable treatment for many patients. However, it may not be suitable for those who have tan or dark skin tones, as the treatment targets pigmentation and may damage the skin for these individuals. IPL is also not generally recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of skin cancer, are sensitive to light, use a retinoid cream, or have severe scarring or a history of keloids. During a consultation, your skin type and health history will be reviewed to ensure that IPL is a good option for you.
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Immediately after an IPL treatment, you will likely feel some sensitivity similar to a sunburn. This typically lasts for 4-6 hours and can be calmed with an ice pack or cool compress. Some redness or bruising in the area may persist for a day or two after treatment. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure and apply SPF daily after IPL treatment. Most patients require multiple IPL sessions to achieve their goal results. Your appointments will be scheduled every 2-4 weeks.
Results from IPL treatment are usually noticeable beginning 2-4 weeks after treatment, and will gradually improve as the skin generates new collagen.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about IPL and find out whether it is a good option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Baird. Call (248) 213-8575 or contact us online.