AGING SKIN - Brown Spots & Blood Vessels - IPL ®

What is the IPL?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a non-ablative procedure, meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin, but it gradually and naturally restores a smooth even surface by diminishing (or eliminating) age spots on the face, hands and chest.

The IPL delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is different from the narrow band light of lasers. The intense pulsed light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched. The thermal effect of IPL also causes production of new collagen, leading to improvement in fine lines.

What are IPL’s advantages?

As discussed above, IPL does not damage the skin's surface, unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. Treatments take approximately 30-45 minutes. Patients can apply makeup before leaving the office and return to work the same day.

What are IPL’s disadvantages?

Given that there is little damage to the skin surface, several treatments may be required to achieve the desired effect. For best results, approximately 4-5 treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart, may be needed.

Side effects can include transient redness and temporary dark pigment resembling coffee grinds in the treated area. Minimizing sun exposure can reduce these side effects.

IPL treats a wide variety of skin conditions:

  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea/flushing/redness
  • Broken capillaries
  • Brown spots
  • Age spots
  • Sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest, and face
  • Stimulates new collagen growth


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