Worried about early signs of aging? Have sun-damaged skin? You may want to consider Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, which is a noninvasive procedure, also known as photofacial. If you are in Montreal, check for Clinique Anti Aging IPL laser treatment – a clinic that also offers skin rejuvenation procedures and treatments. In this post, we are sharing the basics of this treatments with aspects worth knowing. 

Is IPL same as laser?

Not entirely. IPL may seem similar to laser treatments, but in case of the latter, only one wavelength of light is used on the skin. In case of IPL, the light is of many wavelengths. Intense pulsed light works on the second layer of skin called the dermis and doesn’t cause any damage to the epidermis. The light energy is absorbed by your skin, which then helps in clearing aging spots, damage caused by sun, and other spots. You may see a considerable difference in skin tone and texture after a session of IPL. 

When to consider IPL Treatment?

If you have acne, birthmarks, age spots, broken blood vessels, discolored skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and freckles, you may consider consulting a known clinic for IPL Treatment. Keep in mind that only a certified and experienced dermatologist can give you a fair idea if this is the right treatment for your skin concerns. IPL Treatment can be also recommended for the treatment of freckles, unwanted hair, and even acne scars. 

The actual procedure

The process starts with applying a gel on the skin, which helps in cooling. The IPL device is then used to apply light pulses on the targeted area. You may feel some stinging, but there is usually no pain. Depending on the targeted area being treated, one session of IPL Treatment can take about 30 minutes. Most people need a bunch of sessions to see desired effects. At the least, you will need at least three sessions, and there is usually a gap of three to four weeks in between. In case of hair removal using IPL, more sessions (with gap) are needed. 

You may see some bruising and blistering following IPL Treatment¸ but these are minor side effects and should fade soon. Just make sure that you follow the aftercare dos and don’ts, and for the next few days, try and avoid sun exposure to the best possible extent and use only the recommended skincare products.