Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacials

IPL Best For:

  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Broken blood vessels

Procedure Time:About 30-45 min

Results:1 year or longer

Specific skin discolorations including broken capillaries, age spots, and rosacea can be corrected with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This non-ablative treatment uses multiple wavelengths of pulsed light in combination with laser technology to gently and effectively penetrate the skin’s deeper layers. The result is clearer, brighter, and more evenly toned skin with minimal recovery time.

A consultation with one of our board-certified physicians can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for IPL. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121.

Understanding Your Treatment

Photorejuvenation with IPL is much gentler than previous-generation lasers and can normally be performed on a lunch hour break with no noticeable signs of treatment. IPL is administered using a lamplike device that emits high-intensity pulses of broadband light which target and destroy problematic skin cells, particularly those containing excess pigment. Because IPL is non-ablative, the surrounding healthy skin cells are left undamaged and little discomfort is experienced during the procedure. IPL is often suitable for many areas of the body, including the face, hands, neck and chest.

What happens during treatment?

In most cases, a gel is applied to the treatment area and protective eyewear is provided. A hand-held device emitting pulses of light is then gently passed over the treatment area. Some people experience a prickling sensation or light pinch on the skin during this process, but most find the procedure very tolerable and do not require topical anesthetic. One session takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.

What are the side effects?

Immediately after IPL treatment, your skin should feel softer and appear more vibrant. Some individuals may experience minor skin irritations such as redness, blotchiness, or itchiness; however, these symptoms are temporary and normally subside within a few hours. Dark spots may flake and peel in the weeks following IPL treatment as part of the natural skin renewal process.

IPL can cause a heightened sensitivity to UV rays. Your physician may suggest that you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect your new, healthy skin.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will depend on your skin condition and aesthetic goals, and The Derm Group will customize a treatment program based on these specific skin concerns. Typically, most people require 2 – 6 treatments at 3 week intervals for complete results.

What else can I do to improve my skin?

To improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, or to tighten lax facial skin, many people benefit from laser skin resurfacing treatments. Advanced skincare products can also be used to enhance or maintain the results of treatment.

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