IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is used to treat sun damage, age spots, and rosacea. Commonly used on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and hands, it’s also known as broadband light (BBL), photorejuvenation, or photofacial.
The light penetrates the skin at a range of wavelengths that targets red and brown spots, resulting in a more even skin tone. IPL also brightens the skin. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, results can be seen in one to three treatments.
IPL is also used to remove hair but several treatments are needed because it only works on active hair follicles, and not all follicles are active at the same time. It also works best on people who have a strong color contrast between their hair and skin.
IPL is not recommended for people with darker skin, for example those who are a type V or VI on the Fitzpatrick scale. To be safe, it’s recommended to consult an experienced doctor.
IPL is not technically a laser but it is similar to laser resurfacing treatments.
*Treatment results may vary
Dr. Anil Shah discusses the science behind IPL.
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