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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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The person who did this was from a Laser Center AND a nurse The burns did not cause scarring as soon as it calmed down from feeling like a SEVER sunburn and once it sloughed off / peeled of and the pick under went away I was left with BRICKING yes the BRICK pattern you see is WHAT I was left... READ MORE

I feel like my skin started to freak out a couple years ago! Redness , flushing , some brown spots ! I was frustrated I've always worn sunscreen since I was 17, my derm diagnosed me with Rosacea , I changed my skin regimine to gentle skin friendly products and received ipl at my dermatologists... READ MORE

I was the "model" for a demonstration procedure at a Medical Spa that was considering laser services. Prior to performing the procedure, the sales representative said to me "I assume this is a tan?" referring to the color of my skin. I responded that it was tan, that I tan easily, and that I had... READ MORE

I saw Dr. Wong to have 2 very small brown spots removed. She assured me IPL was the only way to remove the brown spots. She also assured me that no one would be able to tell I had a treatment on my face. Not only did she give me 2nd & 3rd degree burns, she tried to cover it up and said the... READ MORE

I have started to notice that my complexion has gotten terrible over the past two years or so. I have started to get lots of brown spots, as well as red patches. My dermatologist prescribed me a cream which didn't make a difference. I decided to take the plunge with IPL to see if I can reverse... READ MORE

I bought this because I want to even my pigment and maybe fade a few light acne scars. I read the dangers of doing IPL WITH DARK SKIN and didn't really see any reviews showing how it works on darker skin (I am IV-V) on this site. The research I found mentioned that lowering the settings was... READ MORE

I am in my 40's and have eczema which gets worse when I sweat. Living in Phoenix, that is impossible to avoid. I am blonde with fair skin, and my face tends to get red easily. I wear makeup to cover up the eczema, which only aggravates it. It is an endless cycle. I now have hypo-pigmentation too... READ MORE

I have had terrible broken capillaries and brown spots down the sides of my neck and chest area for years. Though I use sunblock daily, living in an area with extreme heat makes for inevitable sun damage and premature aging. I had been previously treated by a different Dr. years ago,with a... READ MORE

I'm 26 but I travel to Jamaica a lot and have not taken good care of my skin (I do now!). So I finally broke down and bought a single ipl treatment. I got this done by the PA at my dermatologist who does all of them there. The treatment was not that painful. She did a great job. But here I am... READ MORE

I have a lot of sun damage on my face, kind of a combo of light freckles and brown spots. Just got my first IPL treatment yesterday, it wasn't so bad. I was a little nervous about the pain but compared to laser tattoo removal (10 pain), it was nothing, maybe a 2 pain level. I'm anxious to see... READ MORE

I'd like to start posting these here so people can see the process if it worsens or improves. I will fill in the details of the story later. Currently trying different moisturizers and routines. Getting big pores towards the centre of the forehead. Almost time to consider bangs I think, though I... READ MORE

Let me put this out there, I made it to 3 out of 4 ipl sessions. It was a very comfortable experience, no stinging, no burns, no rubber band snapping sensations, the office was great. Explained worse case scenario it may not work, best case scenario skin will look great. I browned on my sun... READ MORE

Great I have some before and after photos to share. I had really bad cystic acne and this procedure worked for 10 months with perfect skin. I had this done after I was scammed into getting a Thermage treatment that cost 3600 for nothing. Great person to work with. Gives you the correct treatment... 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 was scarred and the RN burned me. Laser settings too high, which left me initially with purple water blisters on chest then when healed, permanent white scars in the tip of the laser. I've been trying for over 2 years to get these scars fixed and can't. I can't wear any V neck... READ MORE

Pictures are 22 hours post procedure. Doctor did a test patch on face before having assistant continue with the procedure. Eye patch tapes placed over both eyes. Whole face only took about 5 minutes. Feels like a hot rubber band snap and also see lightening like flashes of light with each... READ MORE

I visited Dr. Nayak's office for the IPL treatment of my sun spots and acne scars. As a child, I spent way too much time in the sun without sunscreen and by the age of 28 I had some serious sun damage. Not only was the skin on my face damaged, but my shoulders and chest had very dark "moles" or... READ MORE

I would say there is slight improvement making my chest skin tone look more even but the red path that's right in the center is still visible. I might try it one more time and see if the redness is diminished but otherwise the answer might be to use some sort of rosacea treatment, maybe a... READ MORE

I got three treatments of IPL Photofacial with a light peeling before. I like the results! There were some sun spots around my face that are gone. Too bad I only took one photo of the before! But at least you can see here how a few freckles are gone and other are faint. The girl described it as... READ MORE

I now have larger darker skin pigmentation. I actually started in August, the first of five treatments. The first was as described -going to look worse before better, it hurt but tolerated procedure for dream of getting rid of the dark pigmentation. The intensity increased for second treatment... 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