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Here are the three little words you need to know when it comes to IPL: intense pulsed light. This skincare tool is often used in hair removal and photofacials.

  • Average Price: $475

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Only good thing about pregnancy was my hair growing. Bad thing about being two weeks late was the starburst of stretch marks around my belly button. THANK GOD for River Place Dermatology's cosmetic spa. April is amazing at the IPL laser treatments and I am definitely seeing a reduction in these... READ MORE

Before pictures, 2 hours before procedure. I'm in my late 20s, have had multiple sunburns from elementary through high school. I tan 2-3x a month in a "no burn" tanning bed that uses only UVB rays. I never burn from the bed, it's expensive, but I don't get new freckles from it (like I used to... READ MORE

I have posted a few encouraging comments to other victims from time to time but I have never posted my story or posted any photos of the damage. I am not ready to post any photos of my face but I will once I am all healed (2 years post damage and finally seeing healing). I am not ready to... READ MORE

I've had an IPL but it had been about 7 years ...I saw they were having a special for the Twelve Days of Christmas and I bought the package of three IPLs for $900. Wow after the first my sling w like a baby..and the second only enhanced the first! It was awesome ..I had Dr Jill Lesaic do the... READ MORE

Like an idiot, I did not do my research before I bought a package of 3 IPL treatments off Groupon because I have visible capillaries and redness on my chin and on and next to my nose that I thought was getting worse with time (I turned 47 a few days after the procedure). She -- a PA -- used a... READ MORE

I had a really big sun spot on the side of my face. I've tried to get rid of it with hydroquinone and peels but nothing worked. I finally decided to give IPL a go. I was given numbing cream to put on my face before I went for the treatment. I numbed up 45 minutes before. The actual treatment... READ MORE

I'm 24 years old and suffer from mild rosacea on primarily my cheeks. My Derm recommended I try IPL as a possible solution to my mild redness and flushing. Well, I wish I could turn back time and NEVER show up for that appointment. After making an appointment with another doctor, a supposed "IPL... READ MORE

I have dark spots (hyperpigmentation) caused by years of sun damage and now that I'm getting up in years, age spots, as well. I read about IPL and decided to get it. Asia, the nice lady, who performed the procedure was very informative and explained each step. The laser felt like rubber band... READ MORE

I thought IPL was pretty fool-proof, but the RN who performed it obviously had the settings too high. My face has a dark and light pattern on it three weeks after and I am now going to a real dermatologist to try to even it out. I wish I never would've trusted my face to her and I am paying for... READ MORE

I had a combination on IPL and Vbeam to help even out my skin tone on my face. Dr. Groff was very nice and I trusted him when I was told my concerns of slight redness and very subtle uneven skin tone could be improved with the combination of lasers used at the same apt. Well, it's only been 2... READ MORE

I have done my second IPL professional weekly session, in upper lip. I choose very very carefully the place where I am doing my IPL treatment, after a 2 hour long, first consultation, where I could ask almost everything and get careful answers from the physician I decided to choose that place... READ MORE

I love the sun way too much to stay out of it. I have alot of sun damage, freckles and a few large sun spots on my face that was driving me nuts so I went for my first IPL 4 days ago. The pics that I am posting are from today, 4 days after the procedure. As you can see the sun spots, freckles... READ MORE

I was super scared after reading so many conflicting views about IPL. Well, I am not scared anymore, I am stoked!! As a side note, I am an esthetician, but I have not practiced in several years. Info on me: 32 year old female, Sicilian and N. Italian descent, dark auburn hair and hazel eyes.... READ MORE

Was told to do IPL when said I want to clear up creping skin on neck mainly and some in checks. The estitician said do IPL will take care of freckles and tighten. I had 1st procedure and that estitician sad I shud have done Fraxel for crepe it goes deeper but would wud not take care of freckles... READ MORE

I recently turned 30 and although I've worn SPF religiously since I was 18 my once beautiful skin became very blotchy. I researched IPL and finally decided to have it done. So far I've had three treatments and I'm finally seeing results that made the cost worth it! I still have two more... READ MORE

I've always had freckles but the older I got it seems they joined forces. I had a lot of sun damage, freckling. My age spots drove me crazy. I had a lot of swelling. Also while they say this is a no downtime procedure I went straight home. My face was swollen & there is no way I could wear... READ MORE

Before my IPL procedure, I didn't feel comfortable taking photos with friends, leaving the house without makeup or looking in the mirror-- I had dark spots, sun spots, large spots- you name it, ALL over my face! What had I done? Sun damage! I went for a visit at Skin Raleigh & was more than... READ MORE

I had Ipl and I was burned so badly. I was in a lot of pain during the procedure and had told the technician multiple times during the procedure that it was painful and burning. Immediately after finishing it became clear that I was burned. multiple people came in and tried to assure me that I... READ MORE

During the consultation, I was told IPL Photofacial treatment should be able to get rid of the age spots on my hands. So, I bought an IPL package treatment package that includes three times of treatments. After the whole series of the treatments (they even added one more treatment for free) but... READ MORE

I have been focused on a skin care routine for 3-4 years now and virtually eliminated my acne problems while having the best skin I've had ever. Due to marathon training, it requires me to be outside in the sun. I have noticable skin damage with darker freckles. Being half caucasian and half... READ MORE

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How much does IPL cost?

The typical cost for IPL ranges from $99-$1,600 with an average cost of $475. Costs will vary by surgeon, geographic region and the complexity of the procedure. Cost estimates are based on 542 patient reviews submitted on RealSelf. Learn more