Intense Pulsed Light
Discolorations of the face including age spots, sun spots, freckles, melasma, broken capillaries, red spots, and others can result from a variety of environmental, hormonal, and genetic factors. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used to minimize, and in certain cases remove, the unwanted pigment and discoloration to restore a more youthful tone to your skin. Unlike laser treatments, which are coherent monochromatic light, IPL is non-coherent light delivered over a wide array of wavelengths that target different color-bearing cells (known as chromophores) within your skin. An IPL photofacial is a powerful modality in rapidly reducing the effects of sun and age spots with virtually no downtime and minimal discomfort.
Need more information?
If you would like to learn more about having IPL that will suit you best, we invite you to meet with Dr. Nabil Fakih for a private consultation at our office.
Please contact us to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Nabil Fakih to make an appointment. You may also fill out our contact form to make an appointment.
What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense pulsed light is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems as vascular lesions including spider angiomas, port wine stains, broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea and red thread veins of the legs, freckles and age marks, facial lines and wrinkles, removal of unwanted dark hair, the procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photorejuvenation and requires a series of IPL treatments.
• Brown spots, age spots
• Broken Capillaries
• Redness and Rosacea
• Unwanted Hair
• Moderately pigmented skin types
• Improves and balances color of skin
• Reduces dyschromias (pigmentations) and spots
• Pigment and vascular lesion removal
• IPL Photofacial
• Hair Removal
• Length : 1 hour
• Back to Work: Immediate
• Return to Exercise: 24 hours
• Number of Treatments: 3-5
What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about IPL and discuss your needs and concerns. Dr. Nabil Fakih will carefully examine your face and he will determine which type of IPL you need.
After your consultation we will take photographs for your medical record and we will discuss the surgery fees and scheduling dates. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. You should provide any relevant information from your ophthalmologist. Also provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
Photofacial / IPL
Broad spectrum sunblock should, ideally, be used before and after IPL treatments to maximize the effectiveness. Preparation time before IPL / photofacials is otherwise minimal. There is no downtime after IPL treatments, and return to work and most activities is immediate. Brown spots and melasma may darken temporarily (approximately one week) before these areas slough and lighten. There is minimal discomfort; IPL pulses feel like a rubber-band snap, with some associated heat, which is made more comfortable by the cooling heads of the treatment handpieces. Depending upon the skins inherent coloration and the degree of discoloration being treated, several treatments (3-5) may be required. IPL can be performed as an isolated treatment, or in combination with other medical-aesthetician services.
What does the procedure involve?
Prior to the procedure we explain the process to you and clearly define your expectations of the treatment. They should be able to tell you whether or not the results you are looking for will be achievable using this method.
IPL treatments are normally straightforward.
• Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
• A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
• Cold gel is applied to the area being treated. IPL devices often have integrated cooling systems.
• The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
• Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
• Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
• Throughout the treatment session the patient must wear protective eyewear.
• IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band, but some people find it distressing.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minor and include:
• Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
• Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
• Sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment.
• Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
• Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent.
• Hair loss may occur.
• Bruising affects up to 10% of patients