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IPL - Intense Pulse Light

 

What is IPL and how does it work?

Acuiderm uses the Palomar Lux G for IPL Photo Facials, a noninvasive treatment that requires little to no downtime and produces luminous, more even toned, younger looking skin.

 

IPL Photo Facial delivers Intense Pulse Light energy through the skin’s surface to treat age spots, sun-induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.

This treatment is ideal for patients with active lifestyles, because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

 

Am I a good candidate?  

Evaluate your skin and treatment options with you during your visit.  If you are considering IPL, it is important to keep a few points in mind.  While some patients experience dramatic results and these can be long lasting, IPL does not cure rosacea or melasma.  You still need to continue to see your dermatologist for further IPL treatment and avoid your personal rosacea or melasma triggers.  Sun avoidance and daily sunscreen use are extremely important!  Patients who have a clotting disorder, keloid history, or insulin-dependent diabetes are not candidates for IPL due to decreased wound healing and increased infection risk.  Also, it is not recommended during pregnancy.  

 

How many treatments will I need?  
On average, most patients should expect 3-5 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart.  A recent clinical study showed 83% of patients experienced reduced redness, 75% had less flushing and improved skin texture, and 64% reported fewer acne-like breakouts after five treatment sessions.  Patients often notice marked reduction in dilated blood vessels and brown pigmentation after only one or two treatments.

 

What does it feel like?  
It is generally described as tolerable discomfort.  Some patients say it feels like warm pinpricks or rubber band snaps on the skin.  We do offer topical numbing cream and ice to make our patients feel more comfortable during treatment if needed.