Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment and is also known as photofacial, to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. If your skin is sun damaged, it can also be treated by photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest. IPL may help if you have red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition.
How IPL works?
IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin. When the skin is heated, your targeted area of the body gets rid of the unwanted cells. When we talk about laser treatments that use only one wavelength, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time. After IPL, you may look younger because your skin tone is more even. And since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue, you can get better quickly.
Anyone planning on having IPL treatment should speak to a dermatologist about the potential benefits, side effects, and complications. To prepare for the procedure, a dermatologist will usually ask people to avoid the following for 2 weeks:
- sunbathing and tanning beds
- chemical peels
- collagen injections
Also you should avoid using any kind of perfume or deodorant before and after the treatment.