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Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

Intense pulsed light therapy is a great treatment to improve skin complexion, reduce skin irregularities and help with uneven pigmentation due to sun damage. IPL provides a “photofacial” that helps address age spots (red/brown pigmentation), sun damage, vascular lesions (spider veins, port wine stains, leg telangiectasias), rosacea and freckles.

Intense Pulse Light IPL Therapy is offered in our Toronto, Markham and North York medi spa. 

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More About IPL Treatment

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure — called photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest.

IPL may help if you have red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition.

 

IPL treatment is offered in our MarkhamYorkville, and North York location.

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How does IPL work?

IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin.

When the skin is heated, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of the thing you’re being treated for. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.

What does IPL work on?

  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Stretch marks
  • Liver or age spots
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Brown spots, also called liver or age spots
  • Dark spots from hormonal changes
  • Discolored skin
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Scars
  •  Spider veins
  • Unwanted hair

 

Who is IPL suitable for?

It works best if you have pale or light brown skin.

IPL isn’t a good idea if you:

  • Are sensitive to light
  • Have recently tanned your skin using sunlight, tanning beds, or tanning creams
  • Might have skin cancer
  • Use a retinoid cream
  • Are very dark-skinned
  • Have a skin resurfacing disorder
  • Have severe scarring
  • Have keloid scar tissue

What to expect?

  • Wash your face the evening of your treatment with a gentle cleanser
  • A mild sunburn sensation, redness is normal
  • Use a moisturizer
  • Recommended by your provider twice a day to keep the skin hydrated
  • Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may look red or pink. This tends to last for between 4 and 8 hours.

    People may also notice a stinging sensation in the 4 to 6 hours after IPL. This feeling may resemble that of having a mild sunburn. A moist cloth or cool pack can help ease the stinging.

    Swelling is also common, usually lasting for several days after the procedure.

    During the recovery period, people should avoid putting makeup or lotion on the treated area for 24 hours after the procedure or until all the swelling has gone. After this time, individuals should moisturize the treated area at least twice a day for a minimum of 3 months.

 

Doctor's Orders

  • Use sunscreen daily even when indoors to reduce hyper-pigmentation
  • Don’t scratch or pick your skin

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