What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and What Does It Do?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a light-based therapy used in the medical and cosmetic fields for decades. In fact, the American Society Of Plastic Surgeons considered it one of the top 5 minimally invasive procedures in 2020. It works by delivering short pulses of high-intensity light to the skin, which then penetrate the skin and target specific areas. IPL can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, sun damage, acne, and age spots. Variations of IPL can even be used to remove unwanted hair and reduce the appearance of scars.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL works by delivering short pulses of high-intensity light to the skin. The light is absorbed by specifically targeted parts of the skin, such as melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color), blood vessels, and collagen (a protein that helps keep skin firm). The absorbed light energy is then converted into heat energy, which can correct imperfections in the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. At the Center for Women’s Aesthetics, our IPL procedure works with a real-time cooling system to ensure our patients stay comfortable during the entire process.

What Are The Benefits Of IPL?

There are many benefits associated with IPL treatments. But the most important benefit is that it is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin without surgery or other invasive procedures. IPL treatments can help improve sun damage and age spots, reduce acne scarring, or even out your complexion for a more even tone and texture. In some cases, it can reduce redness from rosacea, capillaires or other conditions like melasma or hyperpigmentation. Additionally, IPL treatments are relatively quick compared to other cosmetic procedures such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels.

Are There Any Risks Associated With IPL Treatments?

IPL treatments are generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner like the professionals at the Center for Women’s Aesthetics. We will examine the areas you need to treat and use appropriate equipment settings for your individual needs to help you achieve optimal results. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are still some risks associated including temporary redness or swelling in treated areas, and mild discomfort during treatment. Our IPL has a real-time cooling system to help reduce any discomfort throughout the procedure. Before we begin any treatment, your practitioner will discuss the treatment process, answer any questions you might have, and inform you about necessary aftercare.

In Closing

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments offer many benefits for those looking to improve their complexion without surgery or other invasive procedures. At the Center For Women’s Aesthetic, we want you to look and feel your best. We’ve seen patients achieve remarkable results with this procedure, so we’re including it in our March 2023 Special! Contact us today to learn more, or if you’re an existing client, book online today!