Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a state-of-the-art system and the latest technique in photofacial and hair removal therapy.

What is intense pulsed light therapy?

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.

Who is a good candidate for IPL?

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

What to Expect with IPL

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.

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.

Risks and Outcomes

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.

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.

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