Q: What are the benefits of IPL?
A: Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body. Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels. Helps to control flushing. It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness
Q: How long does it take for IPL treatments to work?
A: Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.
Q: Do IPL treatments hurt and how long will they take?
A: There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate removal of dilated blood vessels or age spots/freckles and fine lines very easily. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As your skin begins to clear, the treatments usually become even more comfortable. Treatments usually take 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Q: What are the IPL treatments like?
A: You will wear special glasses or eye pads over your eyes to protect them. A cool gel is then placed on the skin being treated. The smooth glass surface of the hand piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light flash. You may feel a very slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band.
At the end of the treatment, the gel will be removed, the area will be cleansed with a warm cloth, and a moisturizer with sunscreen will be applied. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes. You can apply concealer or foundation immediately following treatment.
Q: What will I look like right after the IPL treatment, and what is the healing time?
A: For veins, generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for two to five days. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently. Slight bruising may occur, although very rare and resolves itself within 1 week.
For freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally be resolving at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to completely clear age spots.
Q: Will the IPL treatment make me more sensitive to the sun?
A: No, it does not. You can have the treatments done any time of the year but summer is more difficult if you pick up color easily in the sun. The good effects of the treatments won’t last very long if you are getting much sun exposure. You can wear a sunscreen every morning and wear hats to protect your skin and decrease redness, brown spots, wrinkles.
Q: What if I am pregnant?
A: No. IPL treatments will not be performed on anyone who is pregnant.