Today’s patients are very proactive about their appearance and their health. Patients today are looking for faster, less invasive procedures with little, if any, downtime that can reduce forehead lines, and “crow’s feet”, frown lines, smoker’s lines around the lips, and sagging cheeks. Intense pulsed light (IPL), is aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics.
We use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sources for many indications including photorejuvenation, rosacea, dilated blood vessels, enlarged pores, Solar Lentigo (age spots or Liver spots), melasma, hair removal, and photodynamic therapy. The IPL source emits a broad, continuous spectrum of light in the range of 15-20J/cm2. It softens the fine lines/wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. The treatment is safe and very well tolerated. The number of treatments required and cost varies with the particular indication and surface area being treated.
Length of treatment: 4 – 8, 20 minute sessions
Price: $250 – $500 per treatment
Covered by insurance: No
Pain factor: Mild to moderate (requires topical anesthesia)
It’s a CATCH-ALL term for many conditions like pigmented lesions, erythema, pore size reduction, acne, textural improvements, scars, deeper vasularity, mild telangectasia, rosacea, facial laxity and wrinkles.
You need to target different structures at different depths to improve these conditions so multiple treatments are required to get perfect results.