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What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation?

It is a non-invasive light treatment that can be customized for multiple skin tones and various aging skin conditions. IPL treats redness, tiny veins, brown spots and sun damage. It improves overall skin tone while greatly reducing surface imperfections associated with aging and sun damage. IPL is an exceptionally effective non-invasive skin revitalization therapy.

Which Conditions Does IPL Treat?

Photorejuvenation therapy can be used for a wide range of conditions, including (but not limited), to the following:

  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Brown spots, also called liver or age spots
  • Dark spots from hormonal changes
  • Discolored skin
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Scars
  • Spider veins

How Many IPL Treatment Will I Need?

While some results will be visible after one session, a series of three to five treatments is typically recommended for optimal results. Due to its non-ablative nature, there is less downtime than other types of laser treatments and so can be repeated around once a month, or as advised.

Your IPL Photorejuvenation will be performed in Dr. John D. Rachel's surgery center located in North Shore.

Dr. Rachel and his staff were nothing short of EXCELLENT. They were all extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. You can definitely tell that Dr. R is an expert at what he does. I was very nervous for surgery but my experience was better than I could’ve imagined from start to finish. A++

Is IPL Right for Me?

Intense pulsed light treatments are ideal for individuals with light to medium complexions looking to reduce skin discoloration, improve skin tone, diminish the effects pf sun damage, and treat vascular lesions (broken blood vessels) or capillary inflammation (spider veins).

What is the Recovery From IPL?

Immediately after the treatment you may notice some minor redness and swelling, like that of a mild sunburn. Ice packs or a cool washcloth can be used as needed. If treating freckles and other dark spots, you may experience dryness and flaking of the treated area. Some of the spots may appear darker, but they should slough off within a few days. You can apply makeup immediately after an IPL treatment if desired. Avoid heavy exertion and activities which may cause flushing of the skin for three days after treatment. Avoid harsh topical products such as retinols and glycolic acid products for one week after as your skin will be more sensitive while the healing process continues. As before the treatment, avoid direct sunlight on the treated area and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for four to six weeks after your treatment.

How Long Until I See Results from IPL?

It will take four to six weeks to see the full results from a single treatment, however you should see dark spots fade and slough off within a week. If you complete a series of treatments about one month apart, the maximum results will be visible in two to three months after the last treatment.

How Long Will Results from IPL Last?

With proper skin care and sun protection, results can last for years. But remember that skin is induced by sun exposure to create brown spots and other pigmented lesions. Since it is impossible to avoid all sun exposure, even with the best skin care regimen and protection, new spots and blemishes may emerge over time. Therefore, it is critical that a good skin care regimen be followed faithfully and year around. Even following the best practices, our patients find that they may need an IPL maintenance treatment about once a year.

Photodynamic Therapy

IPL can be combined with a pretreatment of Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) to provide additional and improved results for treatment of sun damaged skin, enlarging pores and oily skin. The skin is first prepared with a glycolic peel and the ALA is applied to the facial skin. The ALA is left to absorb into the skin for a period of about 2 hours and subsequently activated with the IPL. Sun precautions are advised for 48 hours following the treatment to avoid excessive redness.

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