Will IPL Work for Port Wine Stain?

Will IPL work to remove port wine stains? I found on line following hair removal model with special lamp for skin discolorations? Model: VISS IPL Skin Rejuvenation Lamp Cartridge Model No.: SR050110 Voltage: 100–240 V Frequency: 50–60 Hz

Doctor Answers 4

Yes, it may, but there are other better treatments

To answer your question, yes, using a vascular filter (to target blood vessels), IPL may work, however there are many better more SPECIFIC treatments that target blood vessels better than Intense Pulse Light. IPL is not a laser, but a spectrum of intense light. Lasers such as the V Beam Pulse Dye laser is a much better solution? Higher energy levels specific to haemogloblin can be employed, hence in most cases the results will be better. 
You still will need many treatments over months. 


Dr Davin Lim
Laser and Cosmetic Dermatologist

Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

IPL for Port Wine Stain

Thanks for the question.

You may see a modest improvement in your port wine stain with IPL Treatments. Alternative treatments with proven efficacy include pulsed dye lasers and combination treatment of pulsed dye laser with Nd:Yag lasers. My recommendation is to visit a board certified dermatologist in your area who has a practice emphasis in treatment of these types of lesions.

Warmest Regards,

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

IPL for treatment of Port Wine Stains?

In theory IPL should work to improve port wine stains. With regard to efficacy, you will see much better results with the use of a pulsed dye laser.

Not sure about the utility of the device you listed in your question for the effective treatment of port wine stains.

Anifat Balogun, MD
Seattle Otolaryngologist

IPL Work for Port Wine Stain

Worth a try but the better lasers for the "port wine" stains are available. Seek consult with laser dermatologist in your area. Best of luck. Remember it may take many treatments. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

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