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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

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Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery

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What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a form of light that dermatologists use. While some might mistake it for a laser, it’s an entirely different type of light that is scattered instead of concentrated. Additionally, IPL uses many light wavelengths instead of just one like a laser. During treatment, the pulses of light look like bright camera flashes. 


At Santa Fe Skin Institute, the team provides treatment with IPL to clear dark skin areas and blemishes from your skin. The pigmented cells within your skin absorb energy from the light, which causes the pigment to disperse and clear up. You can use the treatment anywhere on your body, but the face and neck are the most popular areas.


During your consultation, the team asks about the blemishes you’d like to treat and makes sure IPL is the right choice. Treatments are quick, but you probably need to come in for more than one session to get the results you want. 


What does IPL treat?

The team at Santa Fe Skin Institute uses IPL to treat a range of common pigmented lesions and spots on the face and body. Your IPL treatments at Santa Fe Skin Institute can minimize or remove features like:


  • Age spots

  • Sun damage

  • Birthmarks

  • Freckles

  • Spider veins

  • Rosacea

  • Dark or pigmented scars


You should see a difference after just one treatment, but you can expect to come in for 3-6 to see a full clearance of the marks you treat with IPL. The team determines the exact length and number of sessions you need during your initial visit. 


How should I prepare for IPL treatments?

Preparing for IPL treatments takes some effort on your part following your consultation. The Santa Fe Skin Institute team lets you know exactly what you need to do to get ready for your first session and all the sessions after that. 


Effective preparation for an IPL treatment includes:


  • Avoiding getting a sunburn or tan

  • Avoiding waxing, chemical peels, and other harsh skin treatments

  • Stopping the use of medications or supplements that increase bleeding

  • Stopping the use of retinoids and other products that make your skin sensitive

  • Stopping smoking for around six weeks

  • Drinking plenty of water ahead of your treatment


If there are any other steps you need to take considering your health and personal circumstances, the team at Santa Fe Skin Institute lets you know. After IPL treatment, your skin is a little more sensitive than usual, and you need to be diligent about protecting it from the sun. 


To learn more about IPL and its benefits, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Santa Fe Skin Institute today. 

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