IPL intense pulsed light

Intense Pulsed Light is the next level in advanced skin care treatments that offer amazing results with no downtime, making it a patient favorite at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana.

Intense pulsed light (IPL), also called a PhotoFacial, is broad-band light that targets common signs of sun damage such as facial redness and irregular brown pigmentation.  The treatment smooths out uneven skin tone for a more youthful look while reversing sun damage that can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.  IPL is not a treatment for skin cancer.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatments at the LASSI

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we use the CynoSure Palomar Icon photo rejuvenation system for intense pulsed light treatments.  Clinical data shows that this IPL system works, and you can view before and after photos and read testimonials on the official Cynosure website to learn more.   If you have sun damaged skin or other skin care concerns, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our aestheticians to determine if a series of intense pulsed light treatments is right for you.

How IPL Works: Overview of Intense Pulsed Light

While facials and chemical peels treat the top layer of the skin, IPL photofacial works beneath the skin for deeper rejuvenation treated at the source.  Three to 5 intense pulsed light treatments are generally given at 3 week intervals to ensure best results.  The improvement in redness and pigmentation is gradual, resulting in a more even tone and younger-looking skin for the patient.

IPL Downtime and Recovery

There is no downtime and recovery is immediate.  However, patients are urged to diligently protect their skin from UV rays using sunscreen, shade and wide-brimmed hats following each treatment, as the skin will be more sensitive to further sun damage immediately following IPL photofacial treatments.  Aside from that, patients are able to return to their normal daily activities immediately following intense pulsed light treatments.

Expected Results Following Intense Pulsed Light Treatments

The improvement is gradual over a series of treatments. Sunscreen should be used in order to maintain the improvement, and we encourage patients to wear hats after treatments for extra protection while the skin is more sensitive.  Tremendous results occur when skin rejuvenating treatments, like facials and hydradermabrasion, are done in conjunction with intense pulsed light treatments.

It is best not to undergo IPL treatments when the skin is sun-tanned as results cannot be predicted.

Our medical aestheticans perform intense pulsed light photofacial treatments under the guidance and supervision of Dr. C. William Hanke, our board-certified dermatologic surgeon and founder of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana in Carmel.