What is IPL and how does it work?

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a cosmetic treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin issues. It can help reduce the appearance of sun damage, age spots, freckles, broken capillaries, and uneven skin tone. IPL works by delivering pulses of light energy to the skin, which is absorbed by pigments and blood vessels, leading to their destruction or reduction. It’s commonly used for photo-rejuvenation and improving overall skin texture.

Who is a good candidate for a IPL treatment?

IPL is most effective when applied to untanned, lighter skin tones. An ideal candidate for this treatment would be someone with blotchy, sun-damaged, or discolored skin. Individuals dealing with rosacea can anticipate remarkable improvements in their skin’s condition through IPL therapy.

What results can be expected and how soon after the treatment will I see results and can I return to my regular activities?

How well IPL works can depend on what you want the treatment to target.

Redness: After one to three treatments, light therapy can get rid of 50%-75% of broken blood vessels for most people.

If rosacea causes your face to flush, IPL can be a good alternative to laser therapy. You may have better results if:

  • You’re under 40
  • Your condition is moderate to severe

Sun damage: You may see 70% less of the brown spots and redness caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Acne: IPL may help if you have acne or the scarring it causes. You may need about six sessions to notice a difference.

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