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The skin is our most valuable asset and should be protected and cared for with skin treatments like intense pulsed light (IPL)––a powerful anti-aging tool that reverses the signs of skin aging and combats facial imperfections.
IPL, or photofacial, is a visible broad spectrum pulse of light (generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm) that is used to treat cosmetic and medical conditions and leaves the skin looking radiant and rejuvenated.
At the Sand Institute, every IPL procedure is performed by Dr. Sand, who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
The broad spectrum light energy pluses from the IPL device get absorbed by the skin and heat up unwanted pigment in the cells. This eliminates dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other forms of skin discoloration for a clean, more even skin tone skin with a glowing complexion. IPL also stimulates collagen production over time, which provides structural support and skin elasticity.
The IPL broad spectrum light penetrates deep into the skin to target redness directly without damaging the surrounding tissues. With IPL, conditions such as spider veins (tiny blood vessels), blotchy skin, large pores, and skin redness are reduced. IPL is also known to treat rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness and pus-filled bumps on the face.
IPL treatment can be used to improve your complexion on almost any area of the body, including the face, neck, hands, chest, arms, and legs. IPL is a full skin and body rejuvenation technique that can improve skin complexion and restore a more even skin tone and a smoother, tighter skin texture.
Dr. Sand will examine your facial anatomy to determine the best approach for your intense pulsed light treatment.
Dr. Sand will gently apply the IPL device to your skin after it has been prepped with a cooling gel. The light pulses from the IPL device deliver brief pulses to absorb red and brown pigmentation and lessen the appearance of blotchy skin. The feeling of the treatment is typically described as being gently snapped by a rubber band.
The IPL device can also be used for laser hair removal, and it can minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
IPL treatment can target cosmetic conditions like:
You will experience little to no downtime after your IPL treatment since it is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. Most patients can return to their daily activities immediately following treatment. You may experience minimal redness following the treatment that will dissipate after a few days. Sun protection is crucial and is highly recommended after each treatment session for optimal results.
It is recommended to seek more than one intense pulsed light treatment to receive optimal results. The results of your treatment will be long lasting with return visits once or twice a year for touch-up sessions.
Patients often experience very little pain with IPL treatments. Skin creams can be applied to individuals with sensitive skin who are concerned about experiencing redness and swelling after the treatment.
Pigment removal with IPL before and after
Patients who suffer from medical or cosmetic conditions like acne, spider veins, dark spots, and rosacea may benefit from our intense pulsed light treatment.
Two to four treatment sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. The results improve over time.
Your intense pulsed light treatment will generally last between 30 and 40 minutes. The duration of the treatment session will depend on the size of the treatment area and the number of areas being treated.
A study published by the National Center of Biotechnology found that typical IPL device settings will not have a photochemical or photothermal reaction with melanomas.