IPL, or intense pulsed light, can be used to treat a variety of different skin concerns: pigmentation/discoloration, sun damage, vessels (broken capillaries), redness, rosacea, and uneven skin tone and texture. While you will see improvement after your very first treatment, you will definitely need a series of treatments for optimal results. The number of treatments will vary based on what skin conditions and concerns you are looking to treat, but typically patients will need 3 to 8 IPL typical treatments to see the best results.
IPL for Rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that plagues many people. This condition causes the skin to appear constantly flushed or red. Some people also experience acne-like pustules that are not only unattractive but can also be painful. Broken capillaries or blood vessels are also common in patients with rosacea.
IPL does a great job at eliminating the redness rosacea causes, along with the broken blood vessels. Since treating rosacea can be more difficult, patients with rosacea should expect to need a series of 6-8 treatments to best results. You should also plan to have “maintenance” treatments after you complete your initial series to maintain your results, that could mean 1 or 2 treatments a year, depending on your particular case.
IPL for Pigmentation, Sun Damage, Vessels, and Skin Texture
Pigmentation/discoloration, sun damage, vessels, and texture are common concerns for almost anyone these days. When treating these skin concerns, patients should expect to need a series of 3 treatments to achieve the best possible results and then one treatment per year to maintain those results.
IPL for the Body
IPL treatments are not limited to just the face and neck. In fact, IPL can be used on any area of the body really. Sun damage and age spots are very common on the chest, arms, hands, upper back, and legs.
If you’re looking to treat the upper body for unwanted pigment, you should also expect to need about 3 IPL treatments to completely rid the area of the brown spots.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL, or intense pulsed light, also known as Photofacial, utilizes specific wavelengths of light designed to target areas of discoloration. The melanin in the darkened areas of skin absorbs the pulses of light the IPL device emits. This damages the tissues and causes the pigmented areas to darken and eventually flake off or disappear. With dark spots from sun damage, you will notice the spots get darker over the next several days post-treatment; they will flake off on their own. Blood vessels typically go away immediately, collapsing below the skin for your body to reabsorb. IPL targets unwanted pigment and vessels by causing damage that initiates the body’s healing response to get rid of them, leaving your skin sun spot and vessel free.
Visit or contact WIFH for a free consultation if you’re considering IPL, and we can answer any questions you might have. You can also visit our website for more information about what to expect from your IPL treatment.