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What Is IPL Best For?

Pigmentation problems can make your skin look uneven or blotchy. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) effectively rejuvenates your skin and treats hyperpigmentation. This non-invasive treatment is a safe way to restore even-toned, youthful skin and fits into even the busiest schedules. 

What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

IPL is a form of skin resurfacing that uses many wavelengths of light at the same time. A laser uses a single wavelength, limiting the number of issues it can address in one treatment. Pulses of light target pigmented or damaged cells in your skin, heating and damaging them without affecting the surrounding skin. The broad spectrum of light can target red and brown pigmentation, letting it improve a wide range of skin conditions.


What is IPL Best For?

Intense Pulsed Light treatment is often recommended for those looking for a non-invasive but effective way to improve their skin. IPL is ideal for pigmentation concerns and signs of aging, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma
  • Birthmarks
  • Acne scars
  • Spider veins
  • Rosacea
  • Dullness
  • Mild skin laxity

The ability to treat this extensive list of concerns makes IPL an excellent treatment for those with stubborn pigmentation issues. Most lasers do not use wavelengths that target red or brown pigments, making IPL a superior option for these problems. 

How Many IPL Treatments Will I Need?

The number of IPL treatments you need will depend on the type of concerns you want to treat. Most people will need a series of treatments to achieve their desired results. You may see results within a few days of your first visit, with continuous improvement over the course of treatment. Pigmented spots may darken for a short time before fading.

Most people need occasional maintenance treatments to keep their skin bright and youthful. Pigmentation issues may or may not return, depending on what caused them. You can keep your skin looking even-toned and vibrant by using sun protection, treating acne, and using quality skincare products between treatments. 

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Is There Any Downtime After IPL?

Many people find that their skin looks and feels sunburned for a few hours after treatment. You will not require any downtime and can return to your usual activities. Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen consistently after treatment since IPL makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid using scented or irritating products on your skin for at least 24 hours after treatment or until your skin no longer feels sensitive. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

IPL is an excellent option for many who want to rejuvenate their skin and address hyperpigmentation issues. Good candidates should have reasonable expectations about their results. IPL may not be the best treatment for darker skin tones or those who tend to form keloid scars. Only a consultation can determine which treatment will work best for you. 


This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)? You can schedule a consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery with Dr. Scott Brenman in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180 to schedule a convenient appointment with us in the near future.

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