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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

The appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, thread veins and age pigmentation spots can make you look older than you actually are. Intense pulsed light treatment can soften and reduce the appearance of a number of very specific skin problems. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments use pulses of high intensity visible light to treat various skin problems, such as acne, pigmentation (sun spots), rosacea, birthmarks, vascular lesions, rosacea and other skin imperfections. IPL is not a laser treatment. Instead, IPL treatment uses intense pulsed light to destroy brown pigment in the skin surface from sun exposure and shrink down broken and dilated capillaries. The light is absorbed by the pigment(color) in the sunspots and the blood in the visible vessels, and converted to heat. The heat destroys the cells that create the pigment and shrinks the vessels. A series of treatments is needed and leads to improvement in skin texture, tone and fine lines from collagen stimulation. Prior to any treatment of Intense Pulse Light, one of our aesthetic experts will complete a thorough analysis of your skin type and condition to be treated. this is recommended to determine the number of treatments that may be required. Although most patients experience excellent results with Intense Pulse Light Therapy, it is a rare possibility that the treatment may not be effective due to certain complications, including but not limited to hormonal imbalances, sun exposure, and skin resistance.

How Does IPL Treatments Differ From Lasers

Intense Pulse Light differs from Laser in that the pulsed light system uses a much larger treatment window. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result. Many patients state that Intense Pulse light is less painful, and more comfortable than most Lasers. IPL Treatment is based on the principle of Selective Photothermolysis by which concentrated pulses of light target specific chromophores in the skin (i.e. light sensitive cells such as melanin and oxyhemoglobin). The absorption of light by the specific targeted chromophore induces a physiological or chemical change in the cell formation, ultimately achieving the desired clinical effect.

The IPL Photofacial at Chelsea Face And Body- NYC

An IPL Photofacial is a noninvasive, no-downtime procedure to correct virtually any superficial blemish. Rosacea, sun damage, freckles, age spots and acne. By using nonerosive light, a photofacial addresses damaged skin tissue or hyper-pigmentation without harming healthy cells, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately. The CFAB IPL Photofacial Treatment for skin rejuvenation and rosacea, has no down time and is best suited for mild to moderate photo-aging with brown spots, poor texture and for Rosacea. Our team of aesthetic experts treat a variety of skin conditions such as uneven skin tone, spider veins, wrinkles, facial redness, brown spots and broken capillaries with the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy. Chelsea Face And Body is proud to offer photofacials right in our New York City Medical Spa. If you are looking for a refreshed appearance and healthy skin with no downtime, a photofacial may be the perfect option.

Benefits of IPL:

  • Long-Term Hair Removal
  • Vein Therapy
  • Facial Muscle Rejuvenation
  • Skin Pigmentation Correction
  • Pain Management
  • Acne Clearance
  • Nail Fungus Therapy
  • Sun Damage Repair
  • Reduction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Vascular and Pigmentation Lesions
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Broken Capillary Removal
  • Age & Brown Spot Removal

Dramatic Improvement for the Following Conditions:

  • Skin Pigmentation and Vascular Lesions
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Rosacea
  • Flushing and Redness
  • Irregular Pigmentation
  • Fine Wrinkles

Intense Pulsed Light Skin Rejuvenation FAQ's

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about IPL Intense Pulsed Light below.

What does an IPL treatment involve? Does it hurt?

IPL treats the most widely requested of aesthetic applications including long term hair reduction, photo-aging, acne clearance and skin pigmentation treatments that target redness, sun damage, brown spots, freckles and age spots. After the initial complimentary skin consultation, a test patch procedure will be performed to determine and to evaluate the ideal treatment program. During the procedure, both the practitioner and patient are provided with eye protection during the test and gel is applied to the treatment area. Using a specific IPL hand piece, pulses are emitted on the skin; patients may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation. The IPL delivers precise pulses of light that eliminate the pigment or imperfection without damaging surrounding tissue.

Does it hurt?

Tolerance of pain varies from person to person. The sensation is a little like a rubber band snapping on the surface of the skin and it often feels warm for the rest of the day. Using a zimmer cooler which the patient can direct onto the skin whilst the treatment is taking place – can make the treatment considerably more comfortable.  

How many IPL Treatments are needed to see results?

The number of treatments you need will depend on the condition treated. The typical number of treatments range between two to six sessions over the course of a few weeks. Treatments are usually scheduled 7 to 14 days apart. For Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenation – A treatment course generally consists of 4-6 treatments (depending on the symptoms treated) at 3-4 week intervals. Maintenance treatments may be performed as necessary once every 6 months. For Acne Clearance – A treatment course generally consists of 8-12 treatments (depending on the severity of the symptoms and the patient’s progress) at 2 treatments per week.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients may experience slight redness or a burning sensation in the treatment area. This is a completely normal response and usually disappears within a few hours.

How long will an IPL Treatment take?

The length of your IPL treatment will depend on the area(s) to be treated. Twenty to forty minutes is typical.

What will happen post IPL treatment?

After IPL treatments your skin may appear as though you have mild sunburn for a few days. The treated lesions will appear slightly darker at first, but will gradually flake away. Visible results can be seen within a week or two, but a full month or longer will be needed to see final results. There are post treatment instructions, depending on the specific treatment and site. You should be able to resume normal activities right away, but your skin should be protected from direct sunlight  or tanning beds during recovery. A minimum of SPF30 should be applied on exposed treated areas during the entire treatment course.