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IPL Treatment

IPL Treatment Before & Afters

Before After

Exploring IPL Treatment

Exploring IPL Treatment

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment is a type of light therapy used to treat spots, wrinkles, and unwanted hair.

The IPL laser may be used to minimize or remove age spots, freckles, rosacea, sun damage, varicose vein, birthmarks, broken blood vessels on the face, and hair on their face, neck, back, chest, legs, underarms, or bikini line.

What To Expect

The skin care specialist will begin by cleaning the treatment area.
Then, they will rub a cool gel onto the client’s skin to minimize discomfort. Dark glasses will be provided for the client to protect their eyes.
The IPL pulses typically sting the skin. Treatment may feel like the skin is being snapped with a rubber band.
Depending on which part of the body is being treated and how large the area is, IPL treatment may take 20 to 30 minutes.
To meet treatment goals and see visible results, clients may need to undergo three to six treatments spaced about one month apart.
Hair removal with IPL typically requires six to 12 treatments.

IPL vs. Laser Treatment

Woman undergoing IPL treatment
IPL is a type of laser treatment. A typical laser sends just one wavelength of light at the skin, while IPL releases light with many different wavelengths, like a photo flash. The light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a standard laser. Treatment penetrates down to the second layer of the skin (dermis) without harming the outer layer (epidermis), reducing the amount of damage caused to the skin.
 
During treatment, pigment cells in the skin absorb the light energy and convert it into heat. The heat is then used to destroy the unwanted pigment to clear up freckles and other spots. The heat can also destroy hair follicles to prevent future hair growth.
 
IPL treatment can be provided anywhere on the body, though it may not work as well on uneven areas. The laser isn’t recommended for individuals with a history of thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones. Treatment also isn’t as effective on light-colored hair as it is on darker hair.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I prepare for treatment?
Before the IPL procedure, the skin care specialist will examine the client’s skin and discuss treatment expectations. During the initial consultation, it’s important to share information about existing skin conditions that might affect healing after the procedure, such as inflammatory acne or eczema.

The skin care specialist may recommend avoiding certain medications, activities, and other products for two weeks before the procedure. Prior to treatment, all clients should avoid, waxing, tanning beds, direct sunlight, chemical peels, collagen injections, drugs that increase bleeding risk, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin (Ecotrin), and creams or other products that contain vitamin A, such as RetinA or glycolic acid.
Are there side effects?
Most individuals experience mild redness or swelling after IPL treatment. However, these side effects typically fade within a day or two. In some cases, individuals may experience bruising, blistering, change in skin color, and infection.

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