IPL for Skin Discoloration

Has the summer left you with unwanted sun spots and hyperpigmentation?

Do you struggle with broken blood vessels? Are you constantly looking for ways to better manage your rosacea?

If you answered yes, then IPL may be just what you need to eliminate unevenness and revitalize your skin.

Continue reading for everything you need to know about IPL for skin discoloration, including how it works ad what to expect from treatment.

What Is IPL?

Intense pulsed light, commonly referred to as IPL, is a noninvasive photorejuvenation treatment that can restore a clear, even, and radiant complexion.

The treatment is designed to address pigmentary and vascular conditions, including hyperpigmentation, sun spots, broken blood vessels, rosacea, and acne.

In addition to discoloration, IPL is also a safe and effective way to improve skin tone and texture.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL delivers short bursts of high-intensity light energy below the skin’s surface in order to target excess melanin and damaged capillaries.

As the IPL energy is absorbed by pigment and hemoglobin in the blood, it neutralizes discoloration.

What Can Patients Expect from Treatment?

Most women and men find IPL to be a quick, convenient, and comfortable procedure. Despite its use of light-based energy, it is a far gentler option than laser resurfacing and doesn’t require any downtime.

Individuals are advised to apply a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF in the days and weeks following treatment and to avoid direct sun exposure and tanning.

Otherwise, patients are free to resume all normal activities without any restrictions.

How Many IPL Sessions Are Needed?

If you are considering IPL for skin discoloration, you may be wondering: How many IPL treatments will I need?

While this number can vary depending on patient concerns and goals, most individuals achieve optimal outcomes with a series of three-to-six sessions, spaced four weeks apart.

When Can Patients See Results?

Patients will be pleased to know that IPL produces visible improvement following the first session.

Immediately after treatment, pigmented spots will darken, come up to the surface, and gradually slough off. It’s not uncommon for skin to appear red and look and feel like mild sunburn.

These effects resolve on their own in a matter of hours to a couple of days and reveal smoother, clearer skin.

Learn More About IPL for Skin Discoloration

If you are interested in IPL for skin discoloration, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.