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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Treatment

IPL is a photofacial treatment that helps to improve sun-damaged skin and other skin imperfections through photo rejuvenation, giving the skin a more even tone and more youthful appearance. It is the second most common laser or light treatment performed in North America after hair removal. Treatments are gentle offering gradual results with minimal patient downtime and risk of side effects.

What can IPL treat in the skin?

  • Appearance of photo-aged skin
  • Removes age spots (sun-induced freckles)
  • Most benign brown pigments – brown spots, lentigines, melasma
  • Vascular Lesions- spider veins, redness, broken blood vessels
  • Acne and  Rosacea
  • Hair removal
  • Fine lines, wrinkles
  • Minimize pores
  • Skin tone and Re-texture

What areas of the body can be treated with IPL?
All areas can be treated. The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck, hands, arms and legs – virtually anywhere that sun damage shows.

How does it work?
A spectrum of light is converted into heat energy to improve imperfections in the skin. The selected light targets chromophores which are colour pigments found in the skin such as melanin in brown spots and freckles and hemoglobin in broken or dilated blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen.  IPL treats skin imperfections, sun damaged changes and rosacea without disruption to the skin’s surface. IPL activates natural collagen and elastin production in the active skin cells (fibroblasts), improving the skin’s overall texture and complexion. Skin rejuvenation treatments overall improve the skin’s colour and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimises open pores.

How many treatments will I need?
For best results, on average we recommend completing 4 to 6 treatments, 3 to 4 weeks apart. As the condition of skin and individual expectations will differ the number of treatments required may vary.  During your free pre-treatment consultation, The Derm Centre Skin and Laser Specialist will discuss a personalised treatment plan with you.

How do I prepare for my visit?
Please read our IPL Treatment Care Instructions to understand how to care for your skin before, during and after your treatment.

What is the difference between Lasers and IPL?
Lasers produce light from one specific wavelength or colour for a very specific target. The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colours from different wavelengths enabling light absorption to different targets.  Using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment, targeting more chromophores at one time. Both treatments have their advantages for certain skin conditions.

Is it painful?
Tolerance levels vary for all. In most cases clients will say that they felt no pain or a slight sensation that was minimal and tolerable.  It will feel like an elastic band snapping on the skin surface.

Will I be happy with my results?
IPL Skin Treatments are recognized for a very high measure of patient satisfaction. Patients are very pleased with treatment results because the process treats the full face, neck, chest or hands, rather than addressing a single isolated area or imperfection. With a series of treatments, IPL technology can help restore a more youthful appearance without patient downtime or a prolonged recovery necessary after other types of treatments.

Who should not have an IPL treatment?
Pregnant Woman or anyone with:

  • An autoimmune disease or connective tissue disorders
  • Recently sun tanned skin ( including tanning beds and tanning foams)
  • A history of Accutane / Isotretinoin / Epuris
  • Acute herpes episode at time of treatment
  • a history of photosensitivity
  • a history of seizures

Enhance your appearance today! Contact us for a free cosmetic consultation.

The Derm Centre provides a free cosmetic consultation with all clients so that we can recommend a personalized skin care and treatment program that is medically-safe and clinically effective for you. At each consultation, we will:

  • Review your skin concerns and your medical/treatment history
  • Conduct a thorough examination of your skin
  • Explain any recommended treatments, frequency and costs
  • Review pre- and post treatment care instructions
  • Answer any questions you may have to ensure you are comfortable with your treatment options