Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

What is IPL? What conditions does IPL treat?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a broad-band light source used to treat a variety of skin conditions including rosacea, sun spots, photodamage, and melasma. IPL targets brown and red discoloration in the skin, and is considered a “no downtime” source of photorejuvenation. IPL is sometimes referred to as a “photofacial.”

The M22 IPL by Lumenis has 3 filters and multiple settings to address brown spots and red discoloration.  It is efficient and safe in treating a variety of skin types, including tanned and darker skin.  The use of its cooled sapphire tip makes treatment easy, comfortable, safe, and effective at removing sun spots, melasma, sun damage, even pink acne scars.


A series of treatments is necessary to achieve optimal results. Repeated IPLs have been shown to induce new collagen formation and may improve skin texture. Treatments are typically spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Brown spots will turn darker immediately following treatment and flake off within 5-14 days. Broken blood vessels slowly recede over a period of weeks.

What locations of the body and face are treated with IPL?

IPLs are most commonly performed on the face. However, the neck, chest, arms, and hands are additional areas that have excellent results following more