What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is the most frequently sought after cosmetic laser treatment in the U.S., according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Commonly referred to as a photofacial or photorejuvenation, IPL treatments are considered “lunchtime procedures” that are quick and require minimal to no downtime.  The non-invasive treatment uses high-intensity pulses of light to affect tissue located within the deeper layers of skin.  The epidermis, or outermost layer or skin is left undamaged.  While IPL may not offer as drastic a result as other laser options, it is still very effective and has gained popularity thanks to increased comfort and recovery time.  Discolorations such as freckles or lentigos are commonly treated with IPL, along with conditions such as rosacea, telangiectasia, acne, excess hair, and facial lines and wrinkles.

What are the Benefits of IPL?

  •         No downtime required in the vast majority of cases
  •         Results improve after each treatment and are largely maintainable with annual treatments
  •         Minimal to no recovery time.  Makeup may be immediately reapplied in most cases.
  •         Side effects (if they occur) are typically minimal and usually resolve quickly.  These may include temporary redness, swelling, and mild discomfort.  More serious side effects are rare when performed by an experienced physician.  Your provider will discuss these further in your visit.

Learn More about IPL

If you’re looking for the results of a laser or peel without the very visible healing process, IPL may be perfect for you.  Address your concerns of discolorations or fine lines and wrinkles in short sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart, and watch your youthful, smooth skin gradually return.  To determine if IPL really is the best option for you, schedule a consultation and treatment with one of our Baton Rouge dermatologists or Lafayette dermatologists.