Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated. The most common ones are face, neck, hands, chest and shoulders, which typically are the most exposed to the damaging effects of the sun.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending upon area treated, 2 to 5 treatments will produce the desired results.
How long will it take to recover?
This minimally invasive procedure can be performed during lunch-time with virtually no down-time.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Typically you may experience some redness that will resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Since results vary depending on patient condition, number of treatments and area treated, Dr. Michele Finley will provide you with complete information about the post treatment effects and results.
Does it hurt?
There should be minimal discomfort. You may feel a warming of the skin, or a rubber band snap like sensation as the procedure is performed. This varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. There is no need for any topical anesthesia; however, patients may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warming of the skin, or a rubber band snap like sensation, as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type and depth of the procedure performed. Dr. Michele Finley will discuss all the options with you.
What will I have to do following the procedure?
You may be given some medical skin care products and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sun screen whenever you go outdoors.
How do I get started with IPL?
To find out more about IPL and to discuss your individual requirements with Dr. Michele Finley, please contact us.