Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) has been effectively used cosmetically (and medically) since the 1990’s. It’s a flexible technology that can deliver skin rejuvenation as well as targeting several skin conditions.
IPL works by sending a blast of light to the skin. When specific filters are used, it removes certain wavelengths of the light, enabling it to target different chromophores, such as pigment, capillaries, water, hair follicles. See IPL in action ~ pulses of light over the treatment area.
IPL can effectively help:
- Rejuvenate Skin: If you’ve ever heard of a photofacial, this is it! A photofacial helps tighten (improving fine lines), helps address pigment.
It’s good to start with a series 3 treatments, every 2-4 weeks to get a jump on skin issues, then do maintenance every 3 mos.
- Browns: Think pigment in the form of sun damage or age spots. Depending on the pigment, plan for at least 3+ treatments, every 3-6 weeks.
- Reds: Think small capillaries on the nose or chin, or the redness resulting from Rosacea.
- Acne: Surface as well as cystic acne can be effectively treated by targeting acne bacteria.
Effective acne treatment usually requires 1-2 visits per week. Once under control, maintenance 1x per month may be required.
- Hair Reduction: Hair follicles are targeted, reducing hair after each treatment.
Plan at least 6 visits. Depending on the area being treated, you’ll come back every 4-10 weeks.
Typical treatment areas:
- Hands and arms
- Hair reduction: Almost anywhere!
Why consider IPL:
IPL is a lunchtime treatment which can be done effectively with almost no downtime. If you’re treating browns, please note the pigment will surface, and crust off a few days after treatment.
What to expect:
- A 1 hour appointment, which includes an in depth consult to determine if IPL is the right treatment for your concern(s).
- You will don blackout goggles throughout your treatment to protect your eyes (channel your inner Morpheus).
- Your treatment may range from slight warm sensation to a zingy snap.
- Immediately following treatment, you may experience some heat or swelling which will soon subside.
- We typically recommend IPL outside of summer months as clients should avoid sun exposure before/after treatment.
- More details about what to avoid.
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