IPL Treatments

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light.  It is not a laser.  An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area.  Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation.  The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. 

This no downtime procedure eliminates irregular pigmentation and reduces excess redness while stimulating collagen production to improve fine lines and wrinkles.  Most patients see a significant improvement after just one treatment but see additional benefits in multiple sessions.  After 3 – 5 treatments, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone.

Your eyes will be covered with goggles to protect them. A cool gel is applied to your skin as needed. The treatment itself consists of Intense Pulsed Light, placed over the skin with consecutive pulses. There is some mild discomfort like snapping of a rubber band.

Following the treatment, your skin may feel like it has slight sunburn. You may use cold or ice packs, as needed for comfort and to relieve any swelling. If your skin feels tender, avoid hot baths and showers for 24-48 hours. A post treatment skin care package will be available for purchase is desired.

Very rarely, a small blister or scab may form; if this occurs apply an antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin, Neosporin or Polysporin) to the area. Allow natural healing to take place – do not try to remove any scabbing.