Plastic Surgery

Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a state-of-the-art system and the latest technique in photofacial and hair removal therapy. The IPL system delivers high intensity, smooth and powerful pulses of light (not lasers) that greatly enhances the results of skin rejuvenation or hair removal therapy.

For skin therapy, IPL stimulates new collagen growth resulting in smoother, more even, healthier skin.

What to Expect

Penn Plastic Surgery's certified, state-licensed medical aestheticians, or skin care professionals, closely examine each client during an initial consultation to determine what treatments best match your desired goals.

A spot or test patch may be needed to ensure that there are no negative reactions. The treatments may also require application of a topical gel or anesthetic to "numb" the treatment area. Our aestheticians will use the hand-held IPL device to direct the intense light at the problem area.

Who is a Good Candidate?

IPL is an excellent choice for men and women of all ages considering treatment for various hair or skin problems including:

  • Brown or age spots
  • Facial spider veins
  • Hair removal
  • Rosacea
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Softening superficial wrinkles


IPL is a simple and fast technique. There is minimal discomfort. Clients typically feel some warm sensations or a very mild stinging during the treatment.

Recovery and Maintenance

Some pinkness or redness may result in or around the treatment area. There may be some mild swelling, which will go away after a few days. It is important to protect the treated area from sunlight, tanning beds or other UV light.


Results are typically seen after one or two treatments, depending on the nature of the problem. Some skin problems or hair removal will require several treatments before the desired outcome is achieved.

Next Steps

To schedule a consultation call 800-789-7366 or request an appointment online.