- Medical Name: Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
- Common Name: IPL, Photofacials, Fotofacials, Photorejuvenation
- Anesthesia Type: Topical Anesthesia
- Procedure Duration: 1 hour or less
- Recovery Time: 1 week
- Procedure Location: Office
About Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
Intense pulsed light (IPL) technology is a revolutionary, non-invasive technology that corrects a variety of benign (non-cancerous) skin problems. These skin problems include telangiectasia (broken capillaries that are small red or purplish vessels found on the face, upper chest and neck), rosacea and acne rosacea (large patches of redness on the face that cause excessive redness), photoaging (sun damage), lentigines (age spots, liver spots), freckles, nevi (moles), melasma (mask of pregnancy), light lines and wrinkles and skin texture. All of these skin conditions can be safely treated with intense pulsed light treatments.*
The application of intense pulsed light to the face or body is tailored to each individual and skin type. Intense pulsed light consists of 3-5 treatments based upon the severity of the skin condition. The series gives gradual improvement over time. Discomfort is minimal and there is no downtime.
*In very severe cases of some of the skin conditions noted above, other treatment options may be recommended. Your surgeon should be able to guide you to the procedure or treatment best suited for your lifestyle, goals and budget.
Ideal Candidate for Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
The ideal candidate for intense pulsed light is in general good health, practices good skin care, including the regular use of sunscreen and has reasonable expectations for the treatment.
Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
Intense pulsed light offers results to a variety of skin conditions including hyperpigmentation, age spots, broken capillaries, freckles, moles, rosacea and melasma. It is non-invasive and has no downtime.
Risks and Limitations to Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
People who spend a lot of time in the sun may experience gradual recurrence of pigment, especially if they do not use adequate sunscreen. These can be retreated or touched up. Patients treated for melasma may require longer term management to maintain results.
Alternate Methods to Intense Pulsed Light, IPL
Chemical peel, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing
*These options may not offer equal results, but may have other appealing benefits.