IPL or Intense Pulsed light is a treatment for skin rejuvenation. IPL is used to correct the skin’s appearance by diminishing red and brown discoloration. It also improves skin’s tone and texture by increasing the skin’s elasticity and promoting the production of new collagen.
While IPL has traditionally been used to correct skin photo-damage, recent studies have shown that it can also be used to prevent further damage and skin aging.
A recent Stanford University study proved that regular treatments with IPL actually revise the gene expression of older skin, resulting in older skin appearing similar to the gene expression profile of younger, untreated skin. In other words, regular IPL treatments rejuvenate your skin at a molecular level resulting in scientifically measurable younger, healthier looking skin.
IPL treatments address vascular lesions such as facial telangiectasia (small blood vessels), diffuse redness, Rosacea, matted complexions as well as solar lentigines, or brown spots caused by sun damage.
It can be safely used on skin types I-IV meaning white skin, until light and medium brown skin. It is not recommended for use in Black skin.
Areas most commonly treated are the face and décolleté. The back, arms and back of hands may also be treated.
Several treatments may be required to reach desired effects. In multiple cases, as little as 2 IPL treatments are extremely successful to correct and treat the patient’s initial’s concerns.
Patients should not be treated if they have had significant sun exposure or artificial tanning 4 weeks prior to treatments. As with all our treatments, we recommend maintaining your results with good skin care, including a daily SPF.
As with all treatments, maintenance treatments are required. Recommended maintenance can range from 2 -4 times a year to maintain a clinically visible younger looking skin.
Chang A, Bitter P, et al (2012) Journal of Investigative Dermatology advance online publication 30 August 2012; doi: 10. 1038.jid.2012.187