Intense Pulsed Light, also referred to as IPL or photofacial, is a treatment that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions. Many people often refer to IPL as a “laser” therapy, however technically it’s not a laser, instead IPL treatments deliver high-intensity pulses of light that penetrate the skin and heat the sub-surface layers to reduce the appearance of various skin conditions. The results are healthier, smoother looking skin.
Skin Conditions Treated
An IPL therapy can treat a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Age Spots (brown, black or grey)
- Blood vessels
- Port wine stains
- Seborrheic Keratoses
- Skin texture
- Spider veins
- Sun Spots
The IPL Procedure
IPL therapy is a simple 30-minute procedure with minimal-to-no-downtime. During the procedure, intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin. The light energy converts into to heat energy, which cause’s damage to the specific target area (i.e. age spots, freckles, etc). The procedure involves minimal discomfort. Some redness and swelling may occur, but it’s typically minor. Most benefits of IPL photofacial occur gradually over the next few weeks following treatment.
Most side effects of IPL treatments are minor, such as:
- Pain during treatment (can reduced by contact cooling)
- Soreness immediately after treatment.
- Mild sunburn sensation (redness, peeling) which could last a few days
- Possible bruising (affects up to 10% of patients)
What Does IPL Cost?
The average cost of IPL treatments are between $400 or $600 per session. The cost largely depends upon the severity of the condition and size of the area treated.