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Intense-Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) Specialist

Dermatology Arts

Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology serving the areas of South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada - Flintridge, and Los Angeles, CA

Are you looking for a nonsurgical treatment to revitalize your look? Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is one of the many cosmetic dermatology treatments available at Dermatology Arts in South Pasadena and Arcadia, California. The dermatology experts use IPL therapy to treat sun damage, age spots, and broken capillaries. To freshen your look, call the office most convenient to you or schedule an appointment online today.

Intense-Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) Q & A

What is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy?

IPL therapy, also known as a photofacial, is one of the many skin rejuvenation treatments available at Dermatology Arts. The state-of-the-art dermatology practice uses the StarLux™ Pulsed Light Therapy system.

During IPL therapy, the team uses their StarLux system to deliver rapid, intense pulses of light to your skin. The light energy targets pigmented cells under your skin, breaking up and destroying those cells. 

Your body then removes the destroyed cells from the area, giving you clearer, fresher-looking skin. 

What does IPL therapy treat?

IPL therapy treats many common skin concerns. The Dermatology Arts team may recommend IPL therapy to treat your:

  • Age spots
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Broken capillaries and spider veins
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Acne
  • Freckles or birthmarks
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Acne scars or stretch marks

Your highly experienced dermatologist at Dermatology Arts conducts a thorough examination when you come in for a skin rejuvenation consultation. 

After reviewing your medical history and beauty goals and examining your skin, they determine if IPL therapy makes the best choice in treating your skin issue. 

What can I expect during IPL therapy?

IPL therapy is an in-office treatment. First, your provider cleans your skin with an antibacterial agent. Then you sit back and relax in the exam chair, and your provider hovers the IPL therapy tool over the treatment area.

During therapy, you may feel a snapping sensation like a rubber band hitting your skin as the light energy is delivered. If you’re sensitive to pain, let the team know during your initial consultation so they can adjust your treatment plan to minimize discomfort.

IPL therapy usually takes less than an hour. However, some treatments may take more time depending on the size of the area undergoing treatment.

What can I expect after IPL therapy?

Your skin may feel tight and warm, like a sunburn, for the first few hours following your IPL therapy. You may use ice packs to cool your skin. 

You may have some redness and bruising, and certain parts of your skin may start to peel about two days after your session. Use sunscreen to protect your treated skin during the healing process.

To get the best results, the Dermatology Arts team may recommend 3-7 IPL therapy sessions set at intervals of 2-4 weeks. 

Schedule your IPL therapy consultation at Dermatology Arts by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.