What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
Photorejuvenation (IPL) uses light energy to improve and eradicate brown spots caused by the sun and aging, broken blood vessels and blotchy redness. This “Photofacial” also improves texture by stimulating collagen production in the skin, which makes fine lines less noticeable. It works best in patients with lighter skin color. To achieve the best results, we recommend 4-5 treatments spaced about 3 weeks apart.
How is the procedure performed?
Light of multiple wavelengths passes through a rectangular crystal into the skin. The entire face is treated in one 10 minute session. The neck, chest, arms, and back of the hands may also be treated very safely and effectively.
Is photorejuvenation painful?
There is a slight stinging sensation with each pulse of light. In order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, we recommend an over the counter numbing cream called Topicaine which is available for purchase in our office.
Are there any risks or side effects of treatment?
Slight redness and temporary darkening of freckles and brown spots after each treatment are expected. Occasionally slight swelling occurs under the eyes. More serious side effects are rare, but most can be avoided by proper sun avoidance before and after the procedure. Possible adverse effects include discoloration (lightening or darkening), prolonged redness, bruising, significant swelling or extremely rarely blistering or scarring. During your IPL treatment, shields are worn to protect the eyes.
What do I need to do to maintain my results?
The best way to maintain results is to protect the skin from the sun. Rosacea patients may need to use topical or oral medicines to prevent blood vessels from returning. 1-2 IPL photofacials per year are helpful in some patients to keep brown spots, blood vessels and fine lines at bay. At home products such as SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 and Retinol Complex 0.25 together with a daily sunscreen may also help maintain the beneficial effects of the treatment.
Take the First Step – Request A Consultation
Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Krauss Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Wellesley, MA office directly to schedule – (781) 416-3500.
Krauss Dermatology serves the greater Boston area.
*Individual Results May Vary*