Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka IPL skin rejuvenation or Photofacial, is a noninvasive skin care procedure that uses high-powered pulses of light to dramatically improve the appearance of skins texture and tone. This procedure also treats common skin concerns such as wrinkles, dark spots, broken capillaries and hemangiomas. IPL is also effective in treating sun damage and scarring, and the redness associated with rosacea.
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How it Works
IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin.
When the skin is heated, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of the thing you’re being treated for. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.
After IPL, you may look younger because your skin tone is more even and the collagen has been stimulated.
What IPL can address:
- Stretch marks
- Liver or age spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Brown spots, also called liver or age spots
- Dark spots from hormonal changes
- Discolored skin
- Fine wrinkles
- Redness from rosacea
- Spider veins
- Unwanted hair