What is IPL therapy?
IPL, or intense pulsed light, therapy is a noninvasive treatment that uses lightly scattered light wavelengths to treat skin imperfections and conditions.
IPL therapy is similar to laser therapy. The main difference between the two is their use of wavelengths. Unlike IPL therapy, laser therapy uses focused laser light wavelengths. This results in a more heavy duty treatment with more potential to damage the skin. IPL therapy is much gentler.
What can IPL therapy treat?
At Laser Touch Medical Clinic, Dr. Hakimian uses IPL therapy to treat skin imperfections and conditions such as:
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Varicose veins
- Spider veins
- Broken blood vessels
He can also use IPL therapy to remove unwanted hair.
What happens during IPL treatment?
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Hakimian cleans the treatment area and applies a cooling gel. Next, you wear a pair of dark glasses to protect your eyes.
To administer the IPL light, Dr. Hakimian presses a handheld Venus Versa™ applicator against your skin. The Venus Versa applicator allows for extreme precision and consistent energy delivery via its SmartPulse™ technology.
During IPL treatment, the cooling gel protects your body from intense heat. You may experience some slight stinging, but no intense pain. IPL treatment generally takes about half an hour.
After treatment, you can return to your day. However, to avoid skin irritation, refrain from washing your treated skin with hot water until your skin heals. You may experience temporary side effects, including:
- Change of skin color
If you have any concerns after treatment, reach out to Dr. Hakimian.
How should I prepare for IPL therapy?
To prepare for IPL therapy, you must avoid exposure to certain substances, activities, and skin products, including:
- Products with vitamin A, such as glycolic acid
- Drugs that increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Direct sunlight
- Chemical peels
By avoiding these for two weeks before your IPL therapy appointment, you lower your risk for skin irritation and infection.
If you’re looking for a gentle, noninvasive way to treat your skin, consider IPL therapy. Book your consultation with Dr. Hakimian today online or over the phone.