Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, which is also referred to as photorejuvenation, helps reverse sun damage and reduce pore size. Patients may also notice that the skin’s overall surface looks more luminous and their skin condition is improved. LimeLight is Cutera’s trademarked IPL device, and it’s the only programmable treatment on the market. This device allows us to more accurately customize your Intense Pulsed Light therapy to your skin type.
Intense Pulsed Light selectively treats the red or brown pigmented areas of the skin. It does this by emitting light waves which are absorbed into the pigmented skin cells such as the melanin in brown spots or the hemoglobin in facial veins. This causes the area of pigmentation to fade from the surface of the skin, leaving behind clear, luminous skin. IPL therapy remains one of the most effective facial rejuvenation technologies available.
The IPL Photofacial treats most areas with sunspots, redness, or freckles. The most popular areas for treatment are the face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands because they are areas most often exposed to the sun. Sun exposure can cause premature signs of aging like sun spots, fine lines, and texture.
IPL Photofacial treatments are effective for many different concerns and skin conditions including uneven skin tone, redness, acne scars, spider veins, broken capillaries, skin texture, facial redness, vascular lesions, brown spots, skin discoloration, and age spots. Because IPL’s broad spectrum light energy creates gentle heat in the deeper layers of the skin, it also stimulates collagen to rejuvenate aging skin.
- Age Spots
- Visible Veins
- Skin Redness and Brown Pigment
- 20 Minutes
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you will feel a brief, stinging, heated sensation, similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Many patients find IPL treatment to be very tolerable, but we can supply a numbing cream if needed.
If you have light or medium colored skin, you may be a good candidate for the IPL Photofacial. It is also safe for sensitive skin or for patients who are prone to facial redness like rosacea. If you have a darker skin tone or tanned skin, IPL treatments may not be the best option for you. We can discuss other treatments and your best skin rejuvenation options at the time of your consultation.
IPL can easily be combined with other skin treatments like chemical peels or skin resurfacing. Our team will help you develop a personalized treatment package that includes IPL skin treatments.
“Malinda is amazing! She takes the time to hear you out and never once did I feel rushed when she was explaining treatments and answering my questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone!” — Megan
Immediately following the IPL Photofacial treatment session, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. During the next one to three weeks, dark spots will start to fade and flake off. Expect some swelling for about a day or two if you have diffuse redness on the veins – it should subside in a few days.
Typically, one to three IPL photofacial treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results. Additional treatments may be required for very dark spots or excessive sun damage. We recommend yearly maintenance IPL treatments to continually fade pigmentation and sun damaged skin.
Most patients see significant improvement within two to three weeks of IPL treatments. However, your final IPL Photofacial results may not be apparent for several months. Your final results will be a significant improvement in the overall brightness and clarity of your skin with a reduction in pigmented spots, facial redness, and signs of aging. In order to maintain your results, we recommend you practice an effective normal skin care routine, wear daily sunscreen, and avoid sun exposure.