What Can Intense Pulse Light Therapy Treat?

Intense pulse light (IPL) therapy is becoming popular for helping people improve their skin color and texture. It is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulses of high-intensity light to treat various skin problems. IPL can also treat skin issues because of sun damage visible on the chest, hands, neck, and face. 


Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL Treatment?


If you have skin irregularities that you want to get rid of, IPL is the way to go. IPL can treat skin irregularities such as:


  • Eyelid inflammation

  • Red lines around the cheeks and nose (capillaries)

  • Redness in the skin (rosacea)

  • Freckles (pigmentation)

  • Birthmarks

  • Sun damage

  • Age spots

  • Unwanted hair

  • And more


How IPL Works


IPL works the same way laser therapy works. However, IPL is more effective than laser therapy as it delivers multiple wavelengths of light energy, unlike laser therapy which delivers only a single wavelength. The light energy breaks down damaged skin cells, leaving the skin looking younger and evening the skin tone. A professional uses a handheld device to deliver light energy directly onto the skin. The treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes. 


IPL can treat several skin conditions at the same time, but it is not for pregnant women. Also, you need to consult a professional if you have a skin condition or if you are taking medication for other conditions. Do not forget to mention if you have any allergies as well. Common side effects after IPL treatment include swelling, slight redness on the skin, and sometimes bleeding. 


IPL Effectiveness

In the case of rosacea, IPL works best if the condition is not severe. It also produces better results if the patient is under 40. If you have sun damage, IPL treatment can help eliminate 70 percent of brown spots caused by UV rays. IPL can help get rid of acne scarring. For better results, you need around five sessions. 

For the best results, experts recommend getting two to six treatments at four-week intervals depending on your skin condition. 


What to Expect After IPL Treatment

During the procedure, you may experience some pinching sensation. You may not notice the results immediately after the procedure. You may see sunspots becoming more noticeable and slight discoloration on your skin. But it is a good sign, showing the treatment is working. 


Do not take a hot shower for the next 48 hours after the procedure. Avoid strenuous exercises to prevent the skin from overheating. Avoid makeup for at least a day or two. Do not scratch the treatment area. If you must be outdoors, ensure you wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.


If you have received treatment on the face, you may have to return after two weeks to receive facial microdermabrasion. This procedure helps eliminate dead skin cells, revealing smoother, healthier skin.


For more on intense pulse light (IPL) therapy treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact Exquisite MD SPA at our office in San Diego, California by calling (619) 376-2466 today.

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