Skin problems can really bring us down. When we’re unhappy with the person we see in the mirror, it weighs heavily on our confidence and self-esteem. Men and women of all ages can find themselves bothered by any number of skin issues and may be unsure what to do to treat them.

Hair Removal & Skin Treatment in One Procedure: Intense Pulse Light Therapy

Intense Pulse Light therapy could be the solution to many of those burdensome skin problems. This non-invasive procedure is performed in the office and can help restore beautiful skin or remove hair from different areas of the body.

IPL therapy is safe and effective for most people but learn more about the procedure before scheduling an appointment for service. The more you know, the easier it becomes to go in for the procedure with confidence and comfort.

How Does IPL Work?

Intense Pulse Light uses various light wavelengths to penetrate the epidermis down to the dermis where light is absorbed to treat the targeted skin condition. Most treatments target melanin in the skin.

The technician providing IPL treatment uses a handheld flashgun to deliver spectrums of light across the skin. The particular wavelength is adjusted as the flashgun penetrates deeper into the skin.

The flashgun stops when it reaches the hair root where melanin concentration is highest. Light energy is converted to heat energy, disintegrating the hair root and preventing future hair growth. The flashgun treatment can also lighten dark spots on the skin.

Conditions Treated by Intense Pulse Light Therapy

Talk to your Denver skin care specialist to learn if Intense Pulse Light therapy can benefit the skin condition(s) bothering you. IPL treats many skin concern, including:

  • Hair removal
  • Acne scarring
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles
  • Keloids
  • Sunburns
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Stretch marks
  • Sunburns
  • Birthmarks

Areas of the Body That Can be Treated With Intense Pulse Light Therapy

IPL is effective on the face, arms, legs, legs, bikini line, toes, fingers, shoulders, legs, back, and hands. In reality, IPL can be used nearly anywhere on the body.

Is IPL Effective?

The effectiveness of Intense Pulse Light therapy varies according to the color of the skin. The treatment provides the best results for those with light skin versus those with brown or darker skin.

Sadly, IPL may not be the right treatment for people of color. IPL targets melanin, which may cause discoloration. The good news is that our Denver skin care professionals offer other suitable skin treatments and hair removal options for our beautiful brown-skinned clients.

Is IPL Safe?

Safety should always be a top priority for anyone considering a cosmetological skin procedure. The good news is that Intense Pulse Light therapy is safe to use. In fact, it is safer than laser hair removal.

Intense Pulse Light therapy uses various spectrums of light and wavelengths as it penetrates deep into the skin, reducing the risks of damage. Laser therapy does not change wavelength frequency, increasing the risk of skin damage. When safety is one of your major concerns, take a look at IPL and its many benefits.

What to Expect During an Intense Pulse Light Therapy Appointment

Knowing what to expect before your IPL therapy appointment can ease much of the discomfort you might otherwise feel walking into the office the first time.

Your dermatologist will provide a list of care instructions before, during, and after the procedure. Before the procedure, technicians recommend patients avoid using was, collagen injections, sunbathing, and more. Pay attention and adhere to these care instructions to keep yourself safe and enjoy the best results from the procedure.

Be sure to arrive for your appointment at least 15 minutes early if it is your first visit. There is paperwork and other important information necessary before the actual treatment begins.

Each IPL therapy treatment lasts 15 – 60 minutes, depending on the area of the body treated. The smaller the treatment area, the quicker the procedure.

Do not expect to feel pain during or after the IPL procedure. One of its biggest perks is that it does not hurt. However, expect some side effects afterward, such as redness and discoloration in the treatment area as well as swollen skin. These problems usually disappear within eight hours or so.

Love the Skin You’re In

Intense Pulse Light therapy benefits people of every age and gender who experience many different skin conditions that can wreak their confidence and self-esteem. It’s also beneficial to anyone tired of shaving their legs or underarms looking for hair removal and a safe alternative to laser hair removal. IPL is safe for most people, provides fast and efficient improvements in your skin, and is priced at a cost affordable to most budgets.

Key Points

  • IPL therapy provides skin improvements in one hour or less
  • Non-invasive, safe procedure performed in-office
  • May not be suitable for individuals with brown or dark-colored skin
  • Corrects many skin conditions
  • No downtime required
  • Safer for hair removal than laser hair removal

When you’re ready to learn more about IPL, want to schedule an appointment, or request a consultation, reach out to our experts today.