Intense Pulsed Light™ (IPL) or Photorejuvenation Treatment
What is IPL?
IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL treatments are known by many names including Photo Rejuvenation, FotoFacial™, PhotoFacial™, PhotoDerm™, EpiLight™, MultiLight™, PlasmaLight and EpiFacial. And although we sometimes refer to it as a laser treatment, it’s technically not a laser. The machine generates short bursts of very bright light which are absorbed by red and brown pigment.
IPL skin treatments are a safe, effective and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure and typically requires four to six sessions performed at approximately three-week intervals
What is IPL used for?
Our IPL Quantum SR system from Lumenis simultaneously treats a wide range of skin conditions:
- Sun damage, age spots (sun-induced freckles) and most benign brown pigments
- Broken capillaries, telangiectasias and the redness, flushing and visible blood vessels that are associated with rosacea.
These problem brown spots and broken capillaries absorb the light from the IPL machine, leaving the healthy surrounding areas undamaged. Clinical studies also show IPL has a positive effect on collagen production, which helps firm and tighten the skin. In this way a series of IPL treatments will leave a smooth skin texture and even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance.
Call (509) 735-1186, to set up your free consultation to see if IPL is right for you.
Is IPL safe?
Yes, IPL is safe and has been available and FDA-cleared since 1995. It’s a gentle, non-surgical, non-ablative treatment that is low-risk with no recovery “downtime.” It’s non-invasive, meaning there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface. In fact, many people schedule their sessions during their lunch breaks.
How are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation performed?
Before treatment, a numbing gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and patients are given protective eyewear. During treatment, the chilled surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated. IPL treatments are usually pain-free. Some patients compare the sensation to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band.
After treatment, patients can immediately return to normal routines and activities. Occasionally evidence of treatment such as redness or blotchiness may last for an hour or two.
How many treatments will I need?
A series of 3-9 treatments are generally necessary depending on the extent of the problem being treated.
How much does FotoFacial cost?
The cost depends on the area treated and the number of treatments. In addition to packages of just IPL treatments, we also combine IPL with complementary treatments in two of our laser/light packages, the Sun Damage Package and Rosacea Package.
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Who performs the procedure?
Our laser technicians, Candy Weisner and Alex Arredondo, have been extensively trained on IPL treatments, and perform the procedures in our office under the supervision of board certified dermatologist Dr. Robert B. Hopp, M.D., FADD.