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IPL in Philadelphia, PA

Improve Redness, Broken Capillaries, and the Signs of Aging

Soothe and relieve the symptoms of rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and more with our photofacial/fotofacial skin rejuvenation treatments using IPL in Philadelphia, PA. Our in-house aesthetician administers IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed Light, using a device that delivers carefully targeted pulses of light energy to treat specific issues while boosting the overall condition of the skin.

The treatment sessions are effective, safe, and quick, which make them a sought-after option for individuals who want to reduce redness and the signs of aging without surgery or injections.

To book an appointment for IPL treatments, our Philadelphia-area office can be reached online or by calling (610) 664-8830.

What Does IPL Treat?

IPL treatment sessions are both targeted and comprehensive, as the device delivers a broad spectrum of pulses that can be adjusted to treat particular skin conditions, including:

Intense Pulsed Light can be used on the face, neck, chest, back of the hands, shoulders, and other locations on the body. The most popular areas for treatment tend to be those that are most frequently exposed to sunlight and other harsh environmental factors—and thus may have experienced the most damage.

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Our aesthetician may recommend a waiting period before an IPL treatment session if you have a sunburn or significant tan in the areas to be treated, as the pigmentation difference from your usual skin tone may affect the results of the treatment. Since people with naturally darker skin tones may sometimes experience skin pigmentation changes post-IPL, a consultation with our aesthetician can confirm whether IPL or other treatments may be most suitable for you.

Patients taking Accutane/isotretinoin must wait at least six months after they have stopped taking the medication before receiving treatments. Pregnant women should also wait to receive IPL after they have given birth.

What Can I Expect from an IPL Treatment Session?

Since these treatments involve the use of a broad spectrum of intense pulsed lights, the patient typically wears safety shields or glasses during the session. Our patients often say that the device creates a warm sensation and sometimes feels like an elastic band snapping on their skin. More sensitive areas may be numbed with a topical anesthetic for the patient's comfort.

IPL is a minimally invasive treatment that involves no incisions or injections, resulting in little to no recovery time required. Any redness from treatment usually clears up in a few hours, and pigmented lesions darken and flake off. The texture and tone of the skin will improve over the next few days following treatment.

After your treatment session, you will receive aftercare instructions that you will have to follow to ensure you achieve the best results, which may include avoiding exposing the treated skin to sunlight a few days to a few weeks after your visit.

The duration of each treatment session varies depending on the size of the area(s) to be treated and the specific settings used for each patient. The total number of treatment sessions depends on the patient's goals for aesthetic improvement.

Other Options for Skin Care?

Our aesthetician also offers Pixel and microneedling for rejuvenation, as well as laser hair removal for smoother, clearer skin.

To learn more about IPL treatments and determine whether it is appropriate for you, request a consultation online or by call (610) 664-8830.

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