Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser is a laser which combines two forms of energy: light and radiofrequency. This system
achieves skin rejuvenation and renewal by selectively heating the deeper tissues while cooling the skin’s surface. It
is designed to be a “lunchtime” procedure with minimal redness, swelling and recovery time.
- Ideal for sun-damaged skin
Selectively treats dark spots, “age” spots and freckles
acne and acne scars
- Minimizes pores
- Tightens the skin
- Rejuvenates the collagen layer to fill in fine lines
- Ideal for Rosacea
- “No down
- Optional: removes hair
you do to prepare for a laser treatment? If using a collagen enhancing product such as Retin-A or glycolic acid, you should stop using the
product for approximately one week before and after treatment. Occasionally, these products can irritate or make the
treated areas red and/or irritated.
What should you expect after the procedure? Immediately following the procedure you may notice some mild discomfort
and redness of the treated areas. If a topical anesthetic was used, the treated area will be numb for 1 to 4 hours. You may notice
some skin color changes including a temporary darkening of the existing freckles, sun spots, or blotches. This is to
be expected. The darkened spots usually flake off in a few days and should not be rubbed or peeled off. Blisters could occur
but is extremely rare - you should contact our office if you experience this symptom. All these changes are normal and
the recovery depends on the individual and the treatment strength performed.
If you experience excessive redness, discomfort,
itchiness, new pimples or a rash please contact our office. We may prescribe certain medications that can help.
What do I do after treatment?
Important: Apply hydrocortisone 0.5% twice a day for up to two days to treated areas as
needed. We provide you with an application immediately following treatment and we have small tubes for purchase
in our office. It is also available at any drug store. Hydrocortisone 0.5% reduces inflammation and calms the
treated areas. Some patients find one application immediately following treatment is enough; others may need
to apply twice per day for up to two days.
Following treatment wear minimal make up and moisturize your skin generously
for a few days. Do not use Retin A, Metrogel or exfoliating products for one week. You can return to work the same day and
resume all regular activities but be gentle to your skin. Imagine your face to be a newly seeded lawn. Avoid direct sunlight
and wear sunscreen or block to preserve your skin.
How many treatments do I need? Optimal
results usually require 3 to 5 sessions no closer than 4 weeks apart. Most patients are extremely happy with the results
and find their skin to be tighter, smoother and more uniform in color. The result is younger looking skin! Call to schedule
a treatment today!