FAQ'S of IPL Laser

What is a IPL laser treatment?
An IPL (Intense pulse light), is a laser treatment, that evens out the complexion, and reduces the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation. In combination, the IPL also helps tighten the skin, as a result its’ included radio-frequency technology.

How long does IPL laser treatment take?
The exact time depends on the area that is being treated; However, typically it takes from an hour to an hour-and-a-half. This timeframe includes an additional 30 minutes for topical numbing to be applied prior to treatment.

Does an IPL laser hurt?
The IPL is not considered a painful treatment, and the laser is very tolerable. During treatment, you may experience very mild discomfort. The sensation of the laser is similar to a slight snapping sensation with some heat. We ensure our patients are comfortable throughout the entire treatment by applying topical numbing agent 30 minutes prior to treatment.

When will I begin to see results after an IPL treatment?
Patients will begin to see results 7-10 days after an IPL laser treatment. Full results can be seen after two weeks. Since the IPL stimulates new collagen, continual results will build up to 6 months after the initial treatment.

How long do results from an IPL treatment last?
Improvements from an IPL treatment can be seen for several years after treatment. Results can be prolonged with diligent use of SPF+, ensuring that sun exposure if avoided and with the correct at home skincare maintenance.

What areas can I treat with the IPL laser treatment?
The IPL laser can essentially be used on any part of the body. The most popular areas to treat with the IPL laser are the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

Is there any downtime associated with an IPL laser treatment?
There is technically no downtime required after a IPL treatment. You may wear makeup immediately after treatment, and can resume normal activities. After your treatment, you may appear slightly red, similar to a sunburn. Any hyper-pigmentation that you currently have, will begin to darken, and eventually take on the appearance of “coffee grounds”. These “Coffee grounds” will begin to slough off as the skin heals.

Are there any side effects or possible risks to an IPL treatment?
Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with an IPL laser treatment. During your consultation your provider will make an assessment to ensure that you are the right candidate for an IPL laser treatment. If you experience any worrisome side effects after and IPL treatment, please call the practice immediately.

Who is NOT a candidate for IPL laser?
An IPL laser treatment may not be safe for those with certain health problems. An IPL is not recommended for patients who are currently takin Accutane. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not a candidate for Micro-needling. Patients with darker skin tones are not a candidate for an IPL laser treatment.