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IPL is a cosmetic treatment that uses pulse light pulses that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including include wrinkles and dark spots. Patients who are interested in getting an IPL treatment in San Diego can contact San Diego Skin Med Spa for a consultation. You can also learn more about our San Diego Skin™ team.

What Is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. This type of light therapy uses multiple wavelengths to target skin conditions and flaws. This is done using a handheld device that can cover a larger area of the skin. The treatment can reduce scars, lighten dark skin patches, reduce spider veins, and more.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL uses light energy to target certain spots on the patient’s skin through concentrated wavelengths. This will then heat up the skin tissues, resulting in the removal of undesirable skin cells. A handheld device is pressed against the target area, where a pulse of light is then discharged in a concentrated burst.

Am I a Good Candidate for IPL?

Ideal candidates for an IPL treatment are those who suffer from skin conditions like acne scars, birthmarks, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, scars, spider veins, stretch marks, sun-damaged skin, and wrinkles.

Patients who have unrealistic expectations are not good candidates for IPL. Patients currently taking Accutane or pregnant women are also not ideal candidates.

Your IPL Consultation

During a consultation for an IPL treatment, the patient will be asked several questions involving their overall health. Subjects can include any medication they are taking, if they are pregnant, and any other treatments that they have recently undergone.

Patients will also be asked what their goals are with regard to IPL and what they expect. If the patient is a safe candidate for IPL treatment, the steps of the procedure will be explained.

Your IPL Session

An IPL treatment starts with the patient’s face getting cleaned and dried. The patient is given eye protection, and a cool gel is applied to the skin for both moisture and protection. Once the gel has been applied, the handheld device is held against the targeted areas. Pulses of light will then hit the surface of the skin.

With each pulse, patients will feel a slight pinching sensation. The whole treatment can last up to 30 minutes for each session and can involve multiple visits.

IPL Aftercare

Patients can immediately return to their regular activities following the IPL treatment. The affected areas will be reddish and sensitive in the hours immediately after, and this will continue to be the case for several days to follow.

Patients will be advised to avoid taking hot showers during the recovery period. This will allow the skin to heal and rejuvenate at its natural pace.

How Much Does IPL Cost?

The treatment cost for IPL will be determined by several factors. Price is impacted by the number of sessions required and the type of skin conditions that need treating.

Contact Us to Learn More

For more information on IPL treatments in San Diego, patients are encouraged to contact San Diego Skin Med Spa and arrange a consultation. They can ask questions regarding the procedure and how to best prepare for it.

Your IPL will be performed by the San Diego Skin™'s team in San Diego, CA.

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