Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) ​

Photorejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, is a safe and effective treatment that can correct benign skin conditions on the face and body such as sun damage, rosacea, acne, facial capillaries and birth marks. This creates an even complexion by freeing the skin of reds and browns due to the above conditions. Done most effectively in a series and tailored to individual conditions and skin type, it is an ideal procedure offering superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction with low risk, low cost and no downtime.

At Étoile we are pleased to offer the Palomar StarLux 500®, a state-of-the-art IPL device. Palomar is recognized as a leader in the IPL and laser device industry and the StarLux 500® is a favored device.

IPL Before and After

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How does IPL work?

IPL is applied via a series of gentle light pulses over the treatment area. As the light penetrates the skin it is absorbed by small blood vessels or pigmentation. The heat generated by the absorbed energy causes damage to the vessels or pigmented areas stimulating the body’s own natural healing process. Pigmented lesions will typically become darker before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.

How many IPL treatments will I need?

Browns may require from 2-4 treatments depending on extent and severity of pigment. Reds require more treatments as significant decrease in redness is not seen until after the 3rd treatment and often times requiring up to 6 or more. Treatments are usually performed 2-3 weeks apart.  Facial capillaries can often be treated in 1-2 treatments.

Is there any downtime associated with IPL?

Essentially none. One may experience some redness almost like a mild sunburn. Makeup can be used immediately following the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently. Brown spots get darker immediately and come off in a week.

Can IPL be used to treat Melasma?

IPL is usually not recommended for melasma as it can often times make it worse.