IPL for Sun Damage on Neck?

Would IPL Be Effectivive is Clearing Up Redness on my Neck Due to Sun Damage?

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IPL and other Laser treatments for your neck sun damage.

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Yes, intense pulsed light is excellent for improving sun damage signs within the neck.  It can improve texture, lessen irregular brown pigment, and improve some redness.  Selective use of true lasers can further improve treatment of these elements as well. 

Consult experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons or dermatologists in your area.  Be aware that many doctors offices, and "med-spas," offer similar technology but without the technical expertise.  To put it humorously, you need to know more about the witch or warlock, than about the wand they're using.

PS: Prior skin preparation and avoidance of active sun exposure can be important to safe, good outcomes.

Greenville Plastic Surgeon

For sun damage on the neck IPL is an excellent option

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For mixed red and brown sun damage on the neck, Poikiloderma of Civatte as it's known, IPL is an excellent option.  We frequently treat patients with our Limelight IPL with great results.  Patients are very pleased.  It's important to treat the neck and chest when treating the face so everything blends and matches as well as it can. When patients only concentrate on the face (which is quite common), the rest of the body often doesn't match and starts to looks significantly older than the face from sun damage.  Always remember to do whatever you do on the face on the neck and chest as well (i.e. treatments, sunscreen, creams, moisturizer, etc) 


Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

IPL for Sun Damaged Skin

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Thanks for the question.

IPL is very effective in managing several of the stigmata of photo aged skin including sun spots and redness secondary to broken capillaries. Typically, a minimum of 4 treatments is necessary to see optimal results. The procedure requires no downtime and in the right hands has very little downside risk of side effects.


Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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IPL (photo facial) works well on redness

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IPL (photo facial) works well on redness on the face, neck and chest as well as brown discoloration caused by sun damage. Usually 3-4 treatments are needed. V Beam laser is another good choice for redness.

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IPL is excellent for sun damage on the neck

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The sun damage that occurs on the sides of the neck and in a V distribution on the chest is called Poikiloderma of Civatte.  The components of this sundamage are thinning of the skin (atrophy), dilated blood vessels, and and areas of lighter (hypopigmentation) and darker (hyperpigmentation) skin.

Although IPL does not affect the skin atrophy, it is excellent for the redness and hyperpigmentation that are part of this type of sun damage.

It is also essential before and after the IPL treatment to use a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen in those and other sun-exposed areas to protect from further damage.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

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