A good reason to choose the IPL laser skin treatment is because it is a less invasive alternative to chemical peels. Chemical peels are a lot less targeted and focus on removing the uppermost layer of skin cells, regardless of whether that skin is healthy or not. Consequently, chemical peels may require several days of down time, for the skin to recover. Of course, in some cases (when a lot of skin damage must be repaired) a chemical peel may be a far better option. However, for patients who would like to address specific hyperpigmentation issues, the IPL laser treatment is likely a better solution.
how does it work?
The IPL laser skin treatment is a relatively quick procedure, and is virtually painless. When you come in for your laser procedure, we will carefully assess the problem skin area to determine the underlying cause of your hyperpigmentation.
IPL laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of sun damage, age spots and other skin imperfections. This is achieved by delivering specific pulses of light wavelengths, which help break apart the pigment and stimulate the body’s natural reparative processes.
Your provider will calibrate the machine to specific wavelengths for your planned treatment course. You will be provided special protective eyewear, to keep your eyes safe during the procedure, and a special cooling gel will be applied to the treatment area. Then, your medical provider will use a specialized hand-held laser wand to treat the problem areas of your skin.
how many treatments are needed?
Laser skin treatments with IPL technology are highly effective, most patients begin to see positive results after about 4-5 sessions. However, depending on your skin or the type of pigmentation issue, more than 5 may be required.
what areas can be treated?
does it hurt?
The laser skin treatment with IPL technology is virtually painless. Most patients compare the sensation to a light cracking of a rubber band against the skin. The cooling gel plays a big role in reducing any discomfort, to the point that local anesthetic is not necessary.
are there side effects?
You may experience mild redness for several days after treatment, just be sure to wear your sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight for about 2 weeks.
Because the IPL laser treatment is minimally-invasive, patients can often return home immediately after treatment. Further, because IPL targets the dermis without affecting the epidermis, peeling and recovery time are significantly reduced. Some patients will experience redness for a day or two after treatment, but such side effects are significantly less visible with the IPL laser treatment as opposed to a chemical peel.