Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-laser medical device that delivers pulses of high intensity light beneath the skin’s outer surface. When the light waves strike pigmented cells beneath the skin’s surface, they create heat energy that kills the pigmented cells. Unlike a laser, IPL emits more than one wavelength, and can treat different skin concerns at one time.

It takes 6 to 10 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Some patients may return for maintenance treatments every 3-6 months.

  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • Cancer, Radiation, and Chemotherapy Patients
  • Active Skin Infection or HSV 1 & 2 Outbreak
  • History of Keloid Scarring, Thyroid Concerns, Seizure Disorders
  • Active Tanning Bed Usage
  • Children under 16 years old
  • Taking medications for coagulation disorders or those causing photosensitivity

Risks of IPL Treatment

Mild Pain during the procedure and throughout the initial recovery period.

Redness, Scarring, & Infection are rare, however, always a possibility.

Mild bleeding and bruising are a possibility, especially if an individual is on blood thinners. It is important to discontinue blood thinners as directed by a physician.

Hypopigmentation or Hyperpigmentation is a more likely with darker skin tones.

Disappointment is a common complication of all forms of cosmetic procedures. It is impossible to correct every visible imperfection or asymmetry. It is important that you have realistic expectations going into the procedure. Do not hesitate to talk with your provider about your beauty goals and any questions or concerns before your scheduled appointment date.

Further Touch Ups may be needed in the future.

Before Your Treatment

Make sure to acquire the following items, to make your post-procedure recovery go as smoothly as possible:

  • Approved Skin Products
  • Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen
  • Wide brimmed hat

Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds for 1 month prior to treatment

Avoid using exfoliating or retinol-type products 1 week prior to your treatment

Day of Treatment

Getting Ready Tips – Shower the morning of your procedure, your skin will be very temperature sensitive the first night. Make sure your face is clean and completely free of any makeup. Men need to be freshly shaven. Wear a comfortable top that is easy to wash & that doesn’t need to be removed over the head.

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time for the application of numbing cream.

Payment will be requested upon arrival.

Pictures will be taken for documentation purposes

Procedure will take approximately 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the surface area.

During the procedure, your skin will feel like a hot rubber band is snapping against it.

You will book a follow up appointment that will take place around 4 to 6 weeks from treatment date.

After Your Treatment

Things to Remember

Sun protection is key. Minimize all sun exposure during the healing process.

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat, loose scarf around neck, & sunglasses
  • Use Approved SPF daily
  •  Apply Sunblock 30 minutes before going outside & reapply every 60 minutes

Do not exfoliate your skin during the first week following treatment.

Facial Makeup should be avoided for the first 24 hrs. following the treatment.

Never pick or scratch at the skin during the healing process (scabs & itching are expected). Allow scabs to fall off naturally.

Never wipe hard with a towel or washcloth. Always gently pat your skin dry.

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for discomfort.

Recovery Timeline

First Night

  • Expect the following – mild swelling, redness, & sunburn sensation
  • Sun protection ( EX: SPF, Hat, Scarf ) & calming moisturizer

Day 1 to 4

  • Expect the following – mild swelling, redness, sunburn sensation, & any spots on the skin will darken
  • Gently wash treatment area 2 -3 x a day with approved facial cleanser
  •  Sun protection ( EX: SPF, Hat, Scarf ) & calming moisturizer

Day 4 to 7

  • Expect the following – darkening spots will begin to crust over and slowly flake off