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Intense Pulsed Light – IPL in Philadelphia

The celebrity secret to even, glowing, skin!

This light-based treatment targets sun damage and small surface veins to reveal a brighter and more youthful complexion.

A Photo Facial is an intense pulsed light treatment that effectively treats men and women to remove brown spots and sun damage from your face, chest, arms, hands, and back. Uneven skin tone and signs of sun damage can be reversed in as little as 1-2 treatments, leaving you with youthful, even-toned skin.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It is a light-based treatment used to diminish the appearance of brown spots, freckles, birthmarks, redness, and rosacea. IPL is most effective on white (untanned) skin with blotchy, sun-damaged, or discolored areas.

How IPL Works

A broad spectrum of light is transmitted with the IPL handpiece.

The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigment. The body will naturally remove the treated tissue giving the skin an evener tone and texture, and a more youthful appearance.

Candidates for IPL Treatment

People with naturally dark or tanned skin are not good candidates for IPL as there is a risk of hyper or hypo pigmenting the treatment area. Pregnant women and those on Accutane are also not candidates for IPL treatments.

Intense Pulsed Light – IPL FAQs

IPL treatments can take anywhere from 15 – 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated and the severity of the condition.

IPL feels like a rubber band snaps. Ice is applied before and after treatment to alleviate discomfort.

The number of recommended treatments varies from person to person depending on the extent of the pigmentation, but results can be seen after one treatment. On average, 1-3 treatments are recommended for maximum clearance.

IPL treatments achieve the best results in intervals. Ideally 1-5 treatments every 4-6 weeks.

  • 2 weeks before: avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen 
  • 1 week before: discontinue use of retinol, AHA’s, and BHA’s

Patients taking antibiotics should not be treated with a laser as it causes the skin to be photosensitive.

Pinkness, mild swelling and stinging are normal after being treated with IPL and it lasts for 1-2 days. Brown spots will become darker and fall off within several days to a week and a half. It is critical to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen to avoid further irritation.

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