INTENSE PULSED LIGHT THERAPY
You know that sunlight damages your skin. But did you know that the right kind of light can repair and improve your skin? Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology delivers diffuse, multi-colored light of many different wavelengths. The light penetrates into the second layer of skin without harming the top layer.
The light energy is absorbed by pigmented skin cells and converted into heat, which destroys the unwanted pigment. Red and brown marks from acne lesions on the skin can be greatly reduced after a series of three to five IPL treatments. IPL also kills the bacteria associated with acne, shrinks sebaceous glands to prevent overproduction of oil, minimizes pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, and destroys hair follicles to permanently remove unwanted hair. An advantage of IPL is that it can be a facial treatment and also be used over large areas, including the legs, chest and back.
What Is The Downtime?
With IPL, there is little to no downtime. After the treatment you can expect some redness and a slight sunburned feeling, both of which last about 30 minutes post-treatment. It is safe to wear makeup and continue with most skin care regiments following a treatment.
Who Is NOT a Good Candidate For IPL?
- Those with a high Fitzpatrick score, a tan or active sunburn
- Individuals with a pacemaker or defibrillator
- Individuals with Vitiligo, Skin Cancer, Epilepsy/Seizures, Impaired Immune System
- Pregnant women
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Results vary by individual and severity of skin condition. Typically, the following numbers of treatments are recommended:
- Pigmentation: 3 to 5 treatments
- Acne: 3 to 5 treatments
- Unwanted Hair: 6 to 12 treatment
- Skin Rejuvenation (photofacial): 3 to 6 treatments
- No direct sun exposure, tanning beds or spray tans 2 weeks prior to treatments.
- If you are taking antibiotics, Tetracycline, St. John’s Wort, or Retin-A, you must discontinue or be off of them at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. Please consult with your physician before discontinuing.
- If you have been on Accutane, you must wait 6 months after final dose.
- Any inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or active herpes simplex needs premedication before the treatment.
- Avoid direct sun exposure during your treatment course.
- Please use a SPF each day on all treated areas, even on cloudy days!
- Avoid overheating in a sauna or hot tub for 48 hours
Pricing varies by treatment and area. Complimentary consultations are available to get a quote for your treatment plan. Package pricing is available for 3 or more sessions.