Intense Pulsed Light Treatment

 Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL) is very similar to laser treatments in that it uses light energy as a cosmetic skin treatment. Unlike lasers, however, IPL releases many different wavelengths of light to stimulate or treat various issues. This non-invasive and non-ablative treatment can aid in reducing the signs of aging as well as in the removal of unwanted hair. Other uses include reducing the appearance of scars, lightening darker patches of skin, and improving the appearance of spider veins.

What skin conditions does IPL treat?

Some of the most common issues that can be treated and corrected through the use of intense pulsed light include:

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Rosacea
  • Redness/flushed appearance
  • Sun damage/sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation, including liver or age spots and freckles
  • Scars
  • Spider veins
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Signs of aging, wrinkles
  • Birthmarks

IPL is also often used to remove unwanted hair or tattoos.

IPS – Frequently Asked Questions

How does Intense Pulsed Light Treatment work?

IPL channels high-intensity pulses of light to accurately target and remove pigmented or damaged hair follicles or skin cells. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light to heat and break down targeted skin cells. The damaged tissue is then naturally removed by the body.

How effective is IPL?

How a patient responds to IPS is dependent on various factors, including their skin type and colour. IPS is known to work best on lighter-coloured skin tones. Everyone responds differently to IPL, and most patients will benefit from multiple rounds of treatment to achieve the desired results.

How should I prepare for my IPL treatment?
Prior to your treatment, avoid the following for two weeks:

  • Sunbathing and tanning beds
  • Waxing
  • Chemical peels
  • Collagen injections
  • Immediately before and after therapy, we recommend avoiding applying any perfume or deodorant to the treatment area.

    Also, it is advised to refrain from taking any aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements before the procedure as these can contribute to the risk of bleeding.

Is the procedure painful?
During the procedure, you may feel a slight pinching sensation. Patients have compared this sensation as feeling similar to an elastic band being “snapped” on the skin. At Victoria Natural Lines we apply topical pre-anesthetic before the procedure to minimize any discomfort.
What should I expect during recovery?
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may appear red or pink which tends to last between 4 and 8 hours.

You may also experience a stinging sensation resembling that of a mild sunburn for 4 to 6 hours after IPL. We recommend applying a moist cloth or cool pack to help ease the stinging.

Swelling is a common occurrence post-treatment and can last for several days.

What should I do after the procedure?
During the recovery period, avoid applying make-up, lotion, perfume, or deodorant to the treated area for 24 hours after the procedure or until all swelling has gone.

After this time, we recommend moisturizing the treated area at least twice a day for a minimum of 3 months. We will gladly provide further advice on after-care products and precautions.

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