What is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light?

An Intense Pulsed Light machine, usually just called an ”IPL”, is a medical device that uses high-intensity pulses of light to treat skin conditions for sun damage, discoloration, age spots, rosacea, acne, tattoo removal, hair removal and other uses.

The actual frequency of the light can be selected for different targets. For example the pigment melanin is targeted for discoloration, or hemoglobin in tiny blood vessels is targeted to improve redness. It is laser like, but much more versatile than most lasers. We have a variety of lasers at Phaze but still also offer IPL for its versatility and safety.

We have been offering IPL for many years and have one of the newest FDA cleared IPL devices. So you are in good hands with our expert staff. Contact us here for an appointment.

What are the uses of IPL?

Cosmetic uses of IPL include:
Reducing the appearance of sun damage, age spots, and discoloration on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
”Laser toning” which is a ‘IPL facial’ to create overall more youthful and even toned skin of the face.
Reducing spider veins and broken capillaries on the face.
Hair removal on various parts of the body if laser use is not tolerable.
Tattoo removal on various parts of the body if laser use is not tolerable.

Medical uses of IPL include:
Treating rosacea by reducing facial redness and flushing.
Treating acne by reducing inflammation and killing acne-causing bacteria.
Reducing the appearance of scars, such as surgical scars and stretch marks.
Removing certain types of benign skin lesions, such as warts or skin tags.

Who is a good candidate for IPL?

IPL is very versatile as well can treat most any skin type. Like lasers, we take special precautions in darker skin tones, because these absorb more light energy. Due to our extensive experience with all skin types, we therefore can offer IPL to most any skin type and can perform IPL year round. IPL is generally safe and well-tolerated, with minimal downtime. The number of treatments needed depends on the individual’s skin condition and goals.

While IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is generally considered safe, potential side effects include mild redness and swelling, discoloration, pain, blistering, bleeding, or other effects. These all tend to be rare, mild and temporary in most cases if patients follow our detailed pre and post procedure instructions.

What are the results from IPL?

People often see results in a few days from IPL and collagen continues to remodel for weeks to months after treatment. IPL is usually performed as a package of treatment. Most people return yearly or more for their IPL package to maintain a youthful appearance. Some call this ‘laser toning’. IPL is highly sought usually in spring or fall, when the sun exposure is less pronounced, but it is effective and safe all year round. Contact us here for an appointment.

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