What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?
is one of the newer forms of facial rejuvenation. Unlike lasers,
which use intense, focused light, IPL is intense broadband light.
Although IPL delivers energy to both the superficial (epidermis)
and deep (dermis) layers of the skin, the epidermis is spared
from damage. Thus, there is virtually no recovery time. In the
studies that have been performed so far, IPL can smooth the
skin, remove age spots,
and even visible blood vessels. IPL may tighten skin and improve
fine lines but does not affect wrinkles.
What is the IPL procedure like?
Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied
and you will be given protective eyewear. During treatment, a physician
or trained staff member applies the surface of the IPL hand piece
to the skin. Light is delivered to the skin surface in pulses. Depending
on the kind of device, there may or may not be pain.
How long does the IPL procedure take?
Each session usually lasts about 20 minutes, and
you should return to normal activity immediately afterwards.
What will my face feel like after IPL treatment?
IPL therapy brings about gradual changes over the
course of the treatments. After a full course, you may notice improved
texture of skin, decreased redness, more even color, and youthful
How long before I can return to normal
You should be able to return to normal activities
immediately. You may experience mild redness, but it usually disappears
within a few hours.
How many IPL treatments will I need?
On average, four to six IPL treatments are recommended,
scheduled at three-week intervals. However, each person is unique
and you and your physician will decide on a plan that is best for
How long will the results last?
With good sun protection, results from a full series
of treatments can last up to a year.
What are the risks of IPL?
IPL therapy is safer than laser therapy because
IPL does not damage the epidermis. There may be some mild pain during
the procedure but no recovery time. Unlike some laser therapies,
however, multiple treatments (4-6, at three weeks intervals) are
often needed to get the full benefit. The risks and benefits of
IPL therapy need to be discussed in detail with your physician.
How much does IPL cost?
The cost is variable, but usually more expensive
than peels and less expensive than lasers. Typically, the cost ranges
from 300-600 dollars per treatment.
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