Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) remains one of the most popular treatments at Vitality Dermatology. IPL uses a
broad spectrum of wavelengths and energy to reduce redness, pigments, and improve overall skin texture and
appearance. The Lumenis® Optima™ IPL Photorejuvenation treatment works with your skin to remove your
imperfections and stimulate collagen and elastic fiber production over a sequence of treatments. Some skin
concerns such as shallow pigmentation and age/sun spots may be cleared with as few as 1-2 treatments.
Typically, 2-6 sessions with 2-4 weeks in between are needed to achieve optimal results for most skin
Benefits of IPL include:
- Lessen the appearance of freckles and pigmentation
- Improve redness and rosacea
- Reverse the effects of sun damage improving the quality of overall skin texture
- Improve inflammatory acne
- Stimulate collagen production and improve “crepey” skin to face, neck, décolletage, and hands
- Lessen the appearance of melasma
- Minimize pore size and reduce the appearance of fine lines associated with aging
What to Expect During Treatment?
To ensure utmost comfort, your provider will apply cold coupling gel on the treatment area. Depending on your specific concern, you can expect the session to last 15-30 minutes. You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin, but the treatment is gentle and should not feel uncomfortable.
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some redness, depending on your customized treatment settings. The redness will usually disappear within a few hours. In most cases, makeup may be immediately applied, and daily activities can be resumed the very same day. Typically, your provider will advise to stay out of direct sun for a few days following the treatment and to apply sunscreen.
How Does It Work?
The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology allows treatment of pigmentation and vascular imperfections, while improving overall skin appearance. Lumenis® IPL with Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™) enables your provider to customize the treatment according to your skin type and desired results. Light pulses penetrate the tissue and create heat, targeting the skin imperfection in a controlled manner. The body’s natural process then removes the treated tissue, while collagen and elastic fiber stimulation occurs, resulting in a visible improvement in skin tone and overall appearance.