If you’re looking for the best treatment for brown spots on your face, IPL laser treatment may be just what you need. IPL (intense pulsed light) is a noninvasive laser treatment that helps eliminate sun damage and dark spots on the skin.
This post will explore what you need to know about IPL, including the skin conditions it can treat, what a treatment session is like, what to expect after IPL, and the treatment’s typical results.
What Is IPL?
IPL is a safe and effective treatment that can treat a variety of skin conditions, including brown spots, sun damage, and rosacea. It is a non-ablative (meaning it doesn’t remove the top layer of skin) light-based treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to target specific skin cells.
It rejuvenates the skin by heating the targeted cells, causing them to break down. As damaged pigmented cells shatter, they rise to the skin’s surface, where they eventually slough off.
Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL?
IPL laser treatment can be an excellent option for people looking to improve the appearance of their skin without the need for more invasive procedures. Many experts consider it one of the best laser treatments for brown spots.
IPL is particularly effective for fair or light brown skin. Your esthetician or skincare consultant will examine your skin to determine whether the treatment is right for you or if you’d experience better results from a different treatment option.
What Can IPL Treat?
IPL is versatile therapy that can treat a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Brown spots
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
What Can I Expect at My Treatment Session?
During your IPL treatment, you’ll be given special eyewear to protect your eyes from the light. A cooling gel will be applied to your skin to keep you comfortable during the session.
The IPL device will be passed over the treatment area, delivering pulses of light to the skin. You may feel warmth or tingling during the treatment, but it shouldn’t cause discomfort.
What Is Recovery After IPL Like?
After your IPL treatment, you may experience mild redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. You may also have some “peppering” on the skin, small dark spots or scabs. These after effects should subside within a few hours to a few days, depending on the intensity of your treatment. Most patients immediately resume their usual routines after IPL.
Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen for several weeks after treatment to protect your skin.
What Results Can I Expect?
You should see initial results within a few days to a few weeks after your IPL treatment. Your skin should look clearer, smoother, and more radiant, with a reduction in the appearance of brown spots and sun damage. Full results should be visible between 1 to 3 months. Depending on your needs, multiple treatments may be required for optimal results.
Your skincare specialist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for a fresh-faced glow in time for summer.
Your skin health is in good hands with dermatologist Dr. Wei Jing Loo. Dr. Loo’s dedication and excellence in dermatology and skin care were recently recognized with a 2023 Consumer Choice Award. If you’re interested in speaking about IPL treatment and other skincare options at Derm Effects, call our London, Ontario, office at (519) 472-2929 or request a consultation using our online form.