“IPL targets so many different skin concerns but it’s especially good for skin rejuvenation and fading hyperpigmentation.”
What is IPL?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is often also referred to as a photofacial, which uses a beam of light energy to target skin pigment imperfections (whether created by melanin, or blood) on the surface of the skin. Thus, it’s a great tool to use in the treatment of freckles, age spots, spider veins, sun damage, enlarged pores, redness and flushing (rosacea) as well as irregular hyperpigmentation and can be used to treat the face, neck, décolletage or hands.
How does IPL work?
A beam of intense light energy passes through the skin and seeks out irregularities in pigment—whether they are created by excess melanin or blood. Here, the light will damage the abnormalities, and after time, they will fade away.
The need to knows:
A consultation at the clinic will help determine how many sessions you need. For the treatment of brown spots, you can expect them to get darker over the following three days, before flaking off or becoming absorbed by skin within a couple of weeks.
For rosacea or vein removal, the red veins will either disappear immediately, or become more pronounced before fading over the next 4 weeks. Cherry angiomas (red moles) will persist for 3-6 weeks post treatment, at which point they should disappear. You’ll also see smoother skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles 1-3 months after treatment.
Does it hurt?
IPL can feel fairly hot on the skin, so it may feel uncomfortable at first, but it is completely bearable.
The after effects:
There will be a temporary redness that can feel like sunburn on the treated area.