Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment that uses multiple wavelengths of light, so can  address multiple concerns with one treatment. This photo-rejuvination facial can lighten sun spots, reduce broken capillaries and induce collagen to decrease wrinkles, shrink pores, and improve skin discoloration.

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The IPL head can be fitted wtih different filters. The Vascular filter can shrink small spider veins and even out a ruddy complexion. The Rejuvination filter has a cooling effect and works to smooth skin, decrease fine lines and wrinkles. The Acne filter helps to create a gentle warming of the dermis, to decrease future breakouts.

Prior to your treatment: You will want to avoid the sun. Please stop retinol/retinoids for at least 3 days prior to your treatment. If you are taking any medications that may make you sun sensitive, including any antibiotics, please let us know. Please wait about 4 weeks from your last chemical peel or laser treatment. If you are Fitzpatrick skin type 4 or 5, you may benefit instead from Laser Genesis. 

Your face will be gently cleansed of makeup. After eye protection has been placed, a gel will be applied onto the area of treatment, which feels very cool upon contact. The correct filter for your treatment will be chosen, sometimes you may require more than one. The vascular filter does not have any cooling, and feels like a sting. The rejuvination and acne filters do have cooling, and the sensation is like a sharp rubberband snap.

Afterward, you may look like you may have a mild sunburn. A tinted sunscreen will be applied prior to your leaving the spa. It is recommended you avoid the sun, and always wear sunscreen. Please do not restart any active skin care (such as retinols/retinoids, scrubs, exfoliants, skin lightening) for about 1-2 weeks. You should wait at least 4 weeks until your next laser treatment or chemical peel. For the next couple of weeks, some treated sunspots may surface and crumble, almost like coffee grounds. This is normal, but try not to scratch or pick at the spots.

Multiple areas can be treated including the face, neck, decollete, and backs of the hands. A series of at least 2 treatments is recommended, with maintenance treatments thereafter. Packages are available for purchase.