Frequently asked questions

What Is IPL?


Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 400nm to 1200nm. The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, skin photoaging treatments




Am I A Candidate For An IPL Treatment?


The ideal candidate is skin types I - III. Talk to your provider if you want to lessen or get rid of: - 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




What Does IPL Treat?


The versatile IPL applicator gives you the ability to treat over 20 skin conditions and expert-level tools to meet the most trendy aesthetic needs. With Stellar M22 you can treat: - Acne - Benign cutaneous vascular lesions - Benign epidermal lesions - Cutaneous lesions - Dyschromia - Ephelides (freckles) - Erythema of rosacea - Facial telangiectasias - Hyperpigmentation - Leg veins - Melasma - Port wine stains - Scars - And more




What are Side Effects of IPL?


IPL is safe when done by a trained technician. But the treatment could cause hormonal brown spots to flare up. You could have other unwanted side effects. Your skin could: - Scar - Hurt - Swell - Bleed - Become infected - Change color - Get crusty - Blister




Is There Downtime After an IPL Treatment?


No, but, It may feel like you have a sunburn for 4-6 hours after you’re finished. Ice packs or a cool washcloth can help you feel better.Your skin may be red or bruised for a day or two. Some of your brown spots may get darker, but they should peel off within a few weeks. While you heal: Don’t put on makeup if your skin hurts. Use moisturizing lotion. Protect yourself with sunscreen. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and a physical blocker like zinc. Reapply it every 2 hours, even if it’s not sunny outside. Wash your face with cleanser for sensitive skin.




How Long Do the Results of IPL Last?


With proper skin care and sun protection following IPL treatments, results can last for years. Remember that skin is genetically programmed to create brown spots in response to UV radiation exposure. It is impossible to avoid all sun exposure and so even with the best of skin care and protection, new brown spots may emerge gradually over time. Proper skin care and protection is the only thing standing between you and appearance of future brown spots. It is critical that the recommended skin care regimen be followed regularly and year around. Discoloration and skin damage does not only occur during the sunny months. Significant discoloration can be initiated in the dreary dark winter months when there is much less sunshine. The damage often does not become apparent until the sunnier summer months. To protect your results and financial investment, you must protect your skin year around with skin care products designed to suppress the development of brown and red discoloration. Typically, most people find that they may need a single maintenance IPL treatment once a year.




How Often Should I Have an IPL Treatment?


Typical skin condition takes 4 to 6 sessions to treat.




How Does IPL Works?


Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions). The body’s natural processes then clear the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.




Who Should Not Get IPL


Talk to your doctor first if you: - Are pregnant - Have a skin condition - Take medication for other conditions - 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 On the day of your appointment, avoid using perfume, makeup, and scented products that can irritate your skin.




What Does the IPL Treatment Feel Like?


The sensation of the IPL is a mild stinging sensation. A bright light will be evident even thought your eyes are completely protected with IPL eye shields. Anesthetics are typically not required. Afterwards, there can be a mild “sunburn” sensation that usually goes away after 1-2 days.