IPL Photo Rejuvenation

About IPL Photo Rejuvenation

IPL Skin Rejuvenation is indicated for the cosmetic reduction of sun-induced skin damage and aging, including superficial pigmentation (brown spots) and telangectasias (broken blood vessels). Practically any area can be treated, including face, neck, chest, back and hands.

How Does It Work?

All light based Skin Rejuvenation treatments work by converting light energy from the IPL to heat the treated area. This heat stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin which tighten the skin, lightens pigmentation, reduces telangectasias, and ultimately – after a series of treatments – improves over-all skin tone, texture, and appearance.

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What Is Treatment Like?

During treatments, a mild warming sensation of the skin is noticed. Immediately after treatment, mild redness and slight swelling of the skin may be present. This will typically disappear over the next hour or so. Treatments of the same area are typically done after 3-4 weeks. Typically, a minimum of 5-6 treatments are required for optimum results.

What Can I Expect Before and After Treatment?

Before Your Treatment

Avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning beds, or sunless tanning creams for at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Patients with a history of excessive hyperpigmentation may use a skin lightening agent or topical hydroquinone 2 weeks prior to treatment in the proposed treatment area.

After Your Treatment

A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunblock, SFP 30 or greater, should be applied to the treated area(s) whenever exposed to the sun. If persistent redness, swelling and/or discomfort are noticed, apply a cold compress or ice pack intermittently. Avoid exposure to heat – such as hot tub or sauna – until the discomfort has completely resolved. If symptoms do not improve, or worsen, contact us immediately. If you notice blistering, crusting, drainage, or any other symptoms that concern you, contact us immediately.

I have had several procedures done over the last ten years, both cosmetic and medical, and I have been very pleased with both the care and the results.  I have had IPL done three times and each treatment got progressively less painful; I don’t know if this because of an improvement in the machine or something else, but I’m happy with that!  The staff involved was careful and kind and cared about my comfort at each visit

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What Should I Look for in an IPL Practitioner?

The treatment should be performed by a registered nurse (RN) or physician who’s trained to operate a laser. Different treatment choices must be made for each patient. Side effects such as skin discoloration can result if the laser is operated by an inexperienced practitioner. At Kaiser Permanente, we provide only laser trained RNs or physicians to deliver high-quality care to our patients.

Are There Any Risks?

IPL Photo Rejuvenation is a safe procedure but there are some risks. Some people may experience the following:

  • Burns: Blisters and burns are rare but occasionally occur. Very rarely, burns may become infected.
  • Scarring: Objectionable scarring is very rare, but scars are possible.
  • Pigmentation: Pigment changes may occur – either darker or lighter than your natural skin color. They usually resolve spontaneously but may take several months to resolve.

I’m Interested! What’s My Next Step?

Call your nearest Kaiser Permanente Cosmetic Services center to request a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for IPL and to learn more about the procedure. Click on the list of centers offering IPL and find the center nearest you.

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