Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

The power of light treats a variety of skin conditions including pigmentation, redness, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Dr Jenny has selected the Spectrum IPL system to deliver precise and customized results for each patient. IPL treatments are recommended in a series of 4 to start and maintenance treatments throughout the year to prolong results.

Once a patient receives a comprehensive consultation with one of our skin care professionals and IPL is recommended, patients are responsible for complying to our pre treatment recommendations. These include:

  • no sun exposure or tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to treatment
  • no use of Retin A or other exfoliating acids
  • no self tanner
  • no use of antibiotics that cause photosensitivity

What can I expect at the time of treatment?

Most patients are pre treated with a topical numbing medication to provide the maximum amount of comfort during the procedure. The system is calibrated based on the appropriate settings for each patient and the light energy is applied to the skin in a slow, rhythmic manner. Skin will feel like a mild sunburn post op that can last up to 1-2 hours. A mild swelling or tenderness is rare, but possible. For areas of pigmentation, the pigmented areas will appear darker before they appear lighter. 

What areas of the body can be treated?

  • Full face (or specific areas of the face)
  • Chest / Back
  • Legs
  • Hands

Are there any side effects? 

In rare cases, blistering or prolonged redness may occur resulting in possible hyper pigmentation (brown/red discoloration) or hypo pigmentation (skin lightening) which sometimes resolves within months, but may become permanent.

Post op instruction include: 

Avoid hot showers or hot showers for about 24 hours. Also avoid topical acids, scrubs or loofah sponges until the treated area has returned to its pre-treatment condition, about 1 week. Sun exposure or tanning beds should be avoided for about 2 weeks post op, as the area treated will be more photo sensitive. Sunscreen should be applied everyday.

Next steps? 

We invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our skin care professionals to determine if IPL treatments are right for you. 508-791-2900