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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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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

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'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

I had a Cellulaze procedure 4 months ago which left me with three dark spots on my legs where the incisions were made. Today the doctor used IPL to zap the three spots and it hurt like hell. I still feel the spots burning a couple of hours later. Supposedly the spot is supposed to scab over and... READ MORE

It has been 1.5 yrs since my one and only session of extremely aggressive IPL which left me burnt. I was told it would help me with the dark spots near my ear and overall skin health. Don forget improve wrinkles. LOL I know my case is hopeless but I post this for others so they can see this... READ MORE

Decided to try IPL to see if it gets rid of the sun damage on my face. First treatment today. Pictures are tonight freshly washed with night cream. I was told I will need probable 3 treatments but reading on here what others have written I have decided to see what happens after this one before I... READ MORE

My IPL photofacial is scheduled for 11/4/15. The machine being used is the Medley by Ellman. I'm very excited! Being a California native my skin is very damaged. (I never wore SPF..now i do!) my skin conditions are uneven tone & complexion, dull, dark sports, hyperpigmentation, scars, large... 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 530 patient reviews submitted on RealSelf. Learn more