The IPL Photofacial  (Intermittent Pulsed Light) Treatment can be used to even out skin color and improve the skin’s texture and tone while tightening pores and decreasing brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Results can vary.


IPL Before & After Photo for the Back. Results can vary.

IPL’s Photofacials can be used on:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Decollete’
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Hands (just recently hands were FDA-cleared)

IPL is a type of laser that has a broader beam of focus than other types of lasers that make it useful for a broad spectrum of skin types and problems.

IPL can reverse sun damage and decrease hyperpigmentation and brown spots due to sun exposure. It does so by causing superficial damage to the skin at the level of melanin-containing cells. The dead pigment-containing cells will then slough off over a period of 5-15 days.  Since the IPL light can also be set to target blood vessels, it can treat vascular lesions such as broken capillaries and blood vessels, telangiectasias and rosacea, resulting in reduction or elimination of those lesions. Results can vary.

In addition to treating many lesions of the skin including acne, IPL stimulates reproduction of beneficial components of the tissues like collagen and elastin. The increased collagen and elastin cause a plumping effect of the skin, making it smoother with decreased lines and wrinkles. Results can vary.


IPL Photofacial Face Before & After Photo

IPL Photofacial Face Before & After Photo. Results can vary.

IPL generally has best results if done in a series of treatments approximately 4 weeks apart. The number of treatments will depend on the degree of damage to the skin undergoing treatments, but often a series of 2-3 are recommended for optimal results. There is a mild “zapping” sensation and some warmth with the IPL application that is quite tolerable. A numbing gel can be applied prior to treatments for those who are quite sensitive or apprehensive.


The overall improvements in the skin after IPL treatments have led it to being a very popular treatment modality for many skin types. However, it is not appropriate for dark-skinned individuals or when skin has been recently tanned. Under those circumstances, the IPL may cause more stimulation of the melanin-containing cells leading to more brown spots. Dark or brown spots can also be an adverse consequence of any skin type/color if the pre- and post-op treatment instructions are not closely followed.  Hair removal can be done with IPL but there are other lasers that are faster for large areas. Results can vary.


Pre-op instructions are mainly to avoid recent sun exposure or light-sensitizing medications. Post-treatment instructions include applying moisturizers and sunblock as well as avoiding direct and undue sun exposure. An effective sunblock should be re-applied every 90 minutes whenever exposure is unavoidable. Heavy exercise and hot water to the treated areas should be avoided for the first 48 hours. Our office suggests that our patients avoid powders and liquid make up foundation immediately after treatments to decrease any chance of infection in those areas. Results can vary.