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Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used in various skin treatments, including hair removal and photofacials. A handheld flashgun is passed across the skin, delivering a spectral range of light that targets the hair or skin issue. These types of treatments may also be called laser skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, or laser resurfacing.

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5 Sessions of IPL for Freckles and Photoaging - Busan, South Korea

I got IPL in Busan, South Korea fall 2008. I wanted to fade my freckles and correct photoaging. My freckles totally disappeared, but the doctor didn't do my eyelids so I still had freckles there. Was a little red for about an hour and after that felt fine. My skin looked much clearer and... READ MORE

IPL Great results - IPL with Rose at the Adams Center Boston - Boston, MA

You can see from the picture how my skin was really discolored! Partly this was from some acne that I had picked at (I started getting acne at 28! mostly from stress I think) and also you can see a lot of freckles (this photo was taken in August 2009 and I had been out in the sun a lot that... READ MORE

Just Had IPL for Broken Capillaries/redness on Face. So Far, So Good.

I just had IPL form a derm to reduce broken capillaries and redness from sun damage/rosacea. It did hurt a bit. It felt like a tiny needle prick each time. The nose are was very sensitive. Might be worth the anesthesia if you are sensitive to pain.It burned afterward for about 3 hours and looked... READ MORE

BEWARE! IPL Can Cause Serious Burns!

Had first (and last) treatment 2 weeks ago. Face covered in welts and black zebra-like stripes immediately afer treatment, second degree burns on chin and jaw line. Now have pink and tan stripes on face. MD doesn't know what to do. (Actually won't acknowledge anything is wrong). Any... READ MORE

2 Days Since IPL on Cheeks, Nose, and Chin...

I had some tiny veins on my face, and a bit of Rosacea. The treatment completely eliminated one larger vein I hated in particular that was on my cheek, and it appears that most of the small veins are gone.I did get a couple of tiny blisters around my nose that are almost healed now, and a... READ MORE

DO NOT Get an IPL - Evansville, IN

It was really free, yah, because I originally had a micro laser peel in early December 2008. After the procedure (several weeks), I looked like I was ran over by a tire leaving a pattern on my face from the tools used. To make it worse, I am a model and now I am completely insecure about my face... READ MORE

IPL Can Seriously Burn You.

I started developing two tiny light brown freckle type spots on my cheeks and doctor recommended Fotofacial. I received IPL treatment on my face, during which I was in agonizing pain. It felt like I was being burned by a hot Iron. The technician kept saying it is painful but that is how it... READ MORE

Jury is Still out - Day 19

Well, day 19 and and I can say without a doubt that for me, it was not worth it. there are two areas that look like scarring from the process.... ughhh....    Most importantly, if you are planning on having this process done know going into it that you will need more than one treatment... READ MORE


Thank you for all the responses.. 6 days after the treatment my skin looks beautiful. I can't believe the difference. I have to do two more treatments but I'm very scare because of the long recovery timeand also it was not the greatest experience. READ MORE

IPL for Rosacea

I did my IPL over a year ago and my rosacea is still gone. You can watch the video with before and after pictures, and all the details, here: The procedure was uncomfortable because I couldnt have the numbing cream. (Exact reasons will be in the video.) But it wasnt tolerable. I am very pleased... READ MORE


Dr Bunkis is an excellent surgeon & has been my choice since meeting him & under going surgery over the past 15 years. I have been very pleased with the outcome of each procedure. He is up on all the latest procedures & so extremely talented!! I would highly recommend him as I have... READ MORE

Small Broken Capillaries and a Few Dark Spots - Ann Arbor, MI

I went to Ann Arbor Plastic surgery for some broken veins around my nose. I had my first treatment in April and was VERY pleased with the results. Most of it all faded away but I still had some light pinkness around the edges of my nose so went in for a second treatment with Jennifer. She is... READ MORE

Very Fair Skin with Freckles, and Popped Blood Vessels on Face - Port Coquitlam, BC

I unfortunately do not have any great before and after photographs to prove my positive experience, but I am so thankful for this procedure. I am 25 years old, have very fair skin, and had already begun to develop popped blood vessels from where I had pinched my skin a little too aggressively... READ MORE

For Just Two Spots.

Hello, I have 5 weeks ago done an IPL for my rosacea pale skin-type who is in control, but i had two round spider-veins dots under my nose and on mine cheek. I live in Holland and want already to excuse me for the bad English I do my best. So, i did this procedure by an skin therapist. For the... READ MORE

One Year of IPL - Cottesloe, AU

I had one year of IPL and this is what I experienced , so ipl doesn't remove the hair permanently , it only can reduce the amount and make the hair finer , when the hair falls out it will mostly grow back eventually soon or in the future but a bit finer , as for Lazer which I got here it's kind... READ MORE

IPL Ruined my Face - Littleton, CO

I can't believe all the doctors responses to all the people on here who got bad damage to their skin on their face! IPL makes your skin look terrible! Immediately it made skun sink in, huge pores, orange peal, under eyes total creepy!!! My whole face looks like crap and 15 years older! I... READ MORE

IPL Done at Home

I own IPL thingie that I used last year for armpit and groin area. I was satisfied with it and plan to use it again this year and track my progress here. No pics of me here but I can take a pic of devices used. I plan to review everything as I go trough it. So far I can tell what I remember from... READ MORE

Dr. Kong is Brilliant, Kind, Professional, and Results-oriented!

I love Dr. Sheena Kong! About 3 months ago, Dr. Kong performed a vampire facial plus IPL on me for acne scarring, and the results were extraordinary. I cannot wait for my second treatment. This woman is a miracle worker--very kind, professional, and results-oriented. For these reasons I give her... READ MORE

Super Happy with IPLs

I have been going to Dr. Alex from AE Skin for the last 4+ years. I continue to have a set of 3 IPL's every few years, with a touch-up if needed in-between. The process is super easy - a numbing solution is placed on my face, and then the quick and (pretty) painless IPL takes about 20 minutes.... READ MORE

Nearly 40, Love to Spend Time Outdoors, Too Many Freckels and Age Spots

I originally visited the Bengston Center for a gifted facial. Once there, Juile took time to go over another option that she felt would be much more beneficial for my skin type. I ended up choosing to have the IPL treatment instead. I had no idea that the skin damage that I already had could... READ MORE

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