- Is Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Safe? Palomar’s Intense Pulse Light is an FDA cleared therapy for the treatment of sun damaged and aging skin, including brown spots, redness and broken capillaries. The energy used is non-ionizing which means it does not cause damage to the cellular DNA the way UV light does. In other words, it does not cause cancer.
- What areas are most commonly treated? Intense Pulse Light can be performed on the neck, shoulders, chest, arms, hands, anywhere you would like to improve your appearance. It is a fast and noninvasive way to clear away imperfections so you can look as young as you feel!
- Does it hurt? There is a little bit of discomfort involved. It feels like a light rubber band being snapped at you, but it lasts a fraction of a second, and most people do not need any sort of pain medication. Our medical doctor will then move on to the next treatment area, and repeat the process over the entire treatment area.
- How many treatments are required? The number of treatments depends on the condition being treated. Some spots may require more treatments than others. For example, facial skin rejuvenation may require 3-6 treatments at 3-4 week interval. Also, patients who purchase a treatment package (6 sessions) experience better results than those who just do a single treatment. With each treatment, the spots should get progressively lighter.
- How long is recovery? IPL treatments are fast and require no down-time. You can resume normally activities including going back to work immediately post treatment.
- What are the possible side-effects? No medical procedure is completely free of side effects. Occasionally, patients have some redness, swelling, and blistering similar to a mild sunburn, or some lightening or darkening of the skin; these are almost always temporary. As with all medical procedures, there is a small chance a patient can have an infection or scarring, but we will give you instructions after your procedure to minimize these risks.
- How is Intense Pulse Light (IPL) different from Laser treatment? A laser produces energy that is a single wavelength. An IPL produces energy that includes many wavelengths, and certain ones are filtered out to allow for more specific treatment of hair, pigment, or blood vessels. An IPL also spreads the light over a larger section of skin, which makes treatments faster.