Skin Rejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light


Before and After

IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is a non-surgical Photofacial Skin Care Treatment. IPL is a very effective, no down time, safe method for removing pigment,  brown spots, scars, and excess or broken blood vessels from the facial skin.

Browns spots, broken blood vessels around the nose, chin and cheeks are classic signs of sun damage and aging of the facial skin. Brown spots, often called age spots are caused by pigment that is produced by the skin to protect the skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. New blood vessels grow into the skin in response to skin injury, first to wash out damaged skin debris and later to bring in healing factors.

As our skin ages, the brown spots and broken blood vessels are left behind on the skin after the inflammation or skin injury has passed. These pigmented and red vascular spots create an aged appearance to the skin which is called dyschromia. Photofacial skin care treatments or IPL treatments are the non-surgical anti-aging skin care treatment of choice for benign facial skin pigmentation, age spots, acne, scars and broken blood vessels. Photofacial treatments are now preferred over laser treatments for these specific pigment and vascular lesions.

How Do IPL Non-surgical anti-aging Skin Care Treatments Work?

IPL or Photofacial anti-aging skin care treatments use a bright flash of visible light, like the light of a camera flash to remove pigment and blood vessels non-surgically from the skin. This pulsed or flashed light is very different from a laser and in most instances, less powerful and less dangerous that laser light.

Photofacial skin rejuvenation works by passing a flash of bright light through a filter that only allows a specific color of light in the flash to pass through the filter and hit the skin. When the Photofacial light energy is absorbed by the pigment or blood vessel, the heat from the IPL light destroys the pigment or blood vessel by heating it.  This process is called Target Specific Photothermolysis. A specific target, that is a color, is heated (thermo) with a light (photo) beam and dissolved or destroyed (lysis).

Using color filters placed in front of the Intense Pulsed Light beam, a wide variety of colors can be allowed through to treat many different skin conditions including hair removal, acne, and others.

What Will My Skin Look Like Immediately After a Photofacial Skin Care Treatment?

Unlike lasers, which can cause the skin to peel and possibly leave scars, IPL treatments are very gentle on the skin. The pigment in the brown spot or age spot will darken very slightly, and the treated blood vessel will also darken a bit. However the skin will be intact. The treated areas may also be slightly pink for a few hours. You may return to work. And your skin will be nearly normal the next day.

Does An Intense Pulsed Light Skin Care Treatment Hurt?

There is minimal discomfort during an IPL care treatment. Anesthesia or numbing medicine is not required. When the IPL flash hits the skin you will feel a small snap or sting, but this is easily tolerated by all of my patients.

For a free consultation, call today.  561-358-2623

Joanne Kaminski RN – Licensed Aesthetician – Certified IPL Technician


11 thoughts on “Skin Rejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light

    • The IPL skin rejuvenation treatment works wonders on hyperpigmentation, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion work on the top layers while the IPL works deeper into the dermal layer. I use all the treatments you mentioned hand in hand with my clients who wish to see rapid results. First we do a TCA or Glycolic peel and two the three weeks later we can do an IPL treatment and so on.

      • By the way, I checked out your web site and if you are considering adding IPL to your services, you can’t go wrong. It’s a great source of income. I have an IPL machine for sale if you are interested.

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  2. Keith Karczewski

    Laser therapy for skin rejuvenation is called “photo rejuvenation” and is used by many who have sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, large pores or rosacea. (Vanaman, 2010) Photo rejuvenation is not invasive and treats the areas of the skin that need help whilst leaving the tissue around the area untouched, which is one of the many benefits of the process. Treatment works by delivering a pulsating light through a filtered system so that the skin can receive the light energy of the photons in the laser or IPL and become stimulated in order to produce collagen and elastin. (Vanaman, 2010) .This helps the skin in its appearance. Skin tone and texture will both be improved through this process. `

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  4. christy

    I got IPL on my face and chest with a dermatologist yesterday and have horrible red streaks on my chest. It burned terribly after the procedure and when I got home I rubbed ice across my chest – I have since read I should not have done that. I am so scared these red marks will not go away. Is this normal and what should I do now? I have had IPL before with a clinician, NOT a dermie and those results were great! I can’t believe it went this way with a dermatolgist. The only difference in treatment, the clinician used a gooey gel on my skin first – the dermie said this must be a different machine because you don’t use the gel with hers. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    • Wow, Christy, I a sorry to hear that you had results like that. It sounds to me that the machine was up a bit to high. If the machine was most definitely IPL, they should have used the gel. It isn’t always called for, such as with acne treatments, but for skin rejuvenation, it should have been used. Did she happen to numb your skin at all or were you feeling the “heat”? When a client of mine starts getting that uncomfortable heat then I go ahead and turn it down a notch.
      Treat the marks like a 1st degree burn. I have also read that ice is a no no but I don’t believe you have done any further damage.
      Keep it moist with aloe and coconut oil. If any marks scab over, keep them moist at all times and let them flake off. Do not exfoliate or pick at the marks. The healing process will take about 7 to 10 days but if you keep it moist and covered from the sun, you shouldn’t scar.
      Good luck,

  5. christy

    Thanks Joanne. She told me to put steroid cream on it to calm it down and call her tomorrow. I honestly felt so uncomfortable about not using the gel but we had a pretty extensive conversation about it and she insisted the gel was for another procedure (hair removal) but with IPL they were instructed with that machine to not use the gel. I didn’t feel good about it because I had such good results with the gel – maybe it was a different kind of IPL machine?? I am nervous, but staying hopeful this goes away fairly soon. Thanks again

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