IPL is a light source, similar to a laser, which selectively destroys pigmented cells. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms or legs. Full area treatments or just single spot treatments can be done.
The best candidates for IPL are those that have spider veins, age or sun spots, or a condition known as melasma, a pigment disorder related to high levels of hormones such as pregnancy, birth control etc.
An IPL treatment is relatively quick. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the treatment usually is less than half an hour.
Results from an IPL are generally seen quickly. Vessels will often completely disappear immediately. Pigmented lesions will darken slightly over the next 24-48 hours. With daily washing, they will flake off between 7-21 days. Over the next 6-8 weeks the lesions will continue to fade.
Avoidance of self tanners and bronzers as well as fresh sun exposure ( tanning) prior to the treatment area is required.
Upon arrival to the office, a topical anesthetic is applied, making the procedure relatively painless. Upon completion, cooling devices will be used to cool the skin and help with immediate redness.
Upon completion of the treatment, most normal activities can be resumed, with the exception of direct sun exposure ( tanning). We suggest waiting till the next day to resume exercise. Make up may also be applied immediately.