Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a patented fluorescent pulsed-light technology that effectively treats facial redness, flushing, and brown spots or pigment problems on your face, neck, and chest. By carefully delivering a series of gentle light pulses to the skin, IPL treatments restore a more youthful appearance with no downtime, little discomfort, and minimal risk.
Number of Treatments
5 treatments are recommended
Face, neck, chest
15 minutes to 1 hour
2 to 3 hours
Potential Side Effects
During the treatment, some patients experience mild discomfort that can be addressed with a topical anesthetic. Following each treatment, the skin may appear flushed, tiny vessels may be more visible, and brown spots may appear darker. These effects decrease in a few hours.
You will experience smoother skin, smaller pores, and fading of sun spots as well as a gradual decrease in the overall redness and flushing in your face, neck, or chest. If you suffer from rosacea, a common vascular problem, IPL treatments can improve your symptoms significantly.
During an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, some patients may experience mild discomfort. This sensation is most often described as a rubber band snap, is short lived and generally tolerable. Following each IPL treatment, the skin may appear flushed, tiny blood vessels may appear more visible and brown spots may appear darker. These effects decrease in a few hours. Your result will be assessed at a four week follow up appointment.
The brown pigmented spots may appear darker after your first treatment. Eventually you will notice that the pigmented area begins to fade. It is important to stay out of the sun before and after Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments. Sun block and proper clothing should be worn to protect your results. For this reason, patients may choose to have IPL treatments in seasons that experience less sun.
You should avoid the following:
- Direct sunlight
- Chemical Peels
- Tanning beds
How can skin care products help me?
Skin care products, ones that are either dispensed in a physician’s office or sold by prescription, break down the sticky glue between the dead skin cells of the epidermis, causing them to exfoliate. There are literally hundreds of skin care products available on the market—Retin A, Tretinoin, glycolic acid, just to name a few. There are two things you should remember about all these products. One, they all do the same thing, and two, they are all equally effective. It ultimately comes down to your physician’s clinical experience in dealing with your particular skin type and your satisfaction with the product price, look, and feel. It may come down to trial and error when trying to find the correct fit. Skin care products are at the lowest rung of the ladder of skin rejuvenation. Results will be subtle and generally take 3–4 months to materialize. These products will typically improve the appearance of your skin from point A to point B, but most of us expect to see significant improvements. We want to be up at point D, E and F, and we want it yesterday. Skin care products alone won’t get you there, but they are an important first step in the rejuvenation process. Individuals looking for better and faster results need to move up the ladder and consider in-office resurfacing.
The Columbus Facial Plastics at Sullivan Centre Difference:
Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Nogan actively participates in all treatment plans. With so many options available today, it is important to trust your face to a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Nogan and his team work together to develop individual treatment plans that will address your concerns and meet your expectations. We use Visia to measure treatment results because skin care should not be subjective. At Columbus Facial Plastics at Sullivan Centre, we offer an array of skin care treatments that are tried and true. This promotes confidence that you are receiving the right treatment and products to achieve your best skin.