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More details about IPL treatment

What is “IPL?” It is three little letters that can make a big difference in your complexion and your self-esteem.

IPL is short for “intense pulsed light.” It is similar to laser technology, but focuses high-intensity light energy for short intervals of time.

IPL is used in dermatology:

  • To eliminate hair (as a more economical alternative to laser hair removal)
  • To gently remove unwanted pigmentation (sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, and birthmarks)
  • As an alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion to even out blotchy skin tone
  • For treatment of acne
  • For relief of the redness of rosacea
  • To remove spider veins
  • For skin renewal through photorejuvenation

In a procedure that takes about 30 to 60 minutes (depending on the area of your body being treated) IPL goes to work on the epidermis – the topmost layers of the skin. It does not penetrate deep enough to cause harm to the lower dermis layer. Since the light energy is precisely focused, damage to surrounding tissues is minimal. The IPL wand contains filters to protect you from ultraviolet emissions so there is no chance of skin damage from UV rays. IPL therapy is comfortable because the pulses of light are of extremely short duration (about 2.5 milliseconds).

What does this mean to you, as a patient? Dr. M. Christine Lee and the dermatology team at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute take every precaution to ensure that you have a relaxing experience. Therefore, it means that you are likely to feel only a bit of stinging during or right after an IPL treatment – similar to mild sunburn –, which dissipates quickly. There is no downtime with IPL. You are on your way and back to your normal routine quickly.

It means you’ll see improvement in your skin right away, with full resolution after three to six treatments. Following Dr. Lee’s home care advice and wearing sunscreen daily means your results will last up to a year!

Talk with The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute to learn even more about how those three little letters can leave your skin refreshed, renewed, and clearer than you thought possible. Call today for an IPL consultation.

Dr. Christine Lee

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee

Dr. Christine Lee is a Board-certified Dermatologist with sub-specialties in laser surgery, cosmetic surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, facial plastic reconstruction, and dermatologic surgery. She leads The Skin And Laser Treatment Institute as its Director and serves as Clinical Faculty for the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Patients travel from across the globe for her expertise, and Dr. Lee has trained thousands of stateside and international doctors.
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