Intense Pulsed Light
Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH  

Available at The Skin Center locations in both Columbus and Pittsburgh, Intense Pulsed Light treatments make fading freckles, sun spots and other complexion concerns a problem of the past. Clear your complexion with a series of IPL photo facial treatments to improve the appearance of:

  • Age Spots
  • Sun Spots
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation       
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Port Wine Stains
  • Rosacea

In Pittsburgh, IPL is performed at our med spa locations in Mt. Lebanon, PA, Wexford, PA and Shadyside, PA.

In Columbus, IPL treatments are performed in our Gahanna, OH location.


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Intense Pulsed Light for the Face

During Intense Pulsed Light, a hand piece is used to deliver a series of gentle pulses of intense pulsed light to the skin. The IPL laser energy bypasses the outermost layer of skin and is absorbed by the pigment and vascular irregularities in the deeper tissue of the skin.

Following treatment, it is common for pigmented areas to darken slightly before fading. A few days after the IPL treatment, skin color will become more uniform and will continue to improve with subsequent treatments.

Depending on the skin condition treated, a series of five or more IPL laser treatments may be recommended at three to four week intervals.

Intense pulsed light therapy is most commonly used to treat:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during an IPL photofacial treatment?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial treatments are gentle, non-invasive laser skin treatments. During your IPL laser treatment, a hand piece will to deliver gentle pulsed light energy to the pigmented area. The treatment may last 15 - 30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. Some people describe the sensation to be similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the hand piece. Although the treatment is virtually painless for most individuals, a topical anesthetic cream may be applied to minimize any discomfort.
How long will it take to recover from an IPL skin treatment?
IPL treatment for the body is a non-invasive, gentle laser skin treatment with virtually no downtime. Most people are able to return to work, apply make-up and resume most activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects associated with IPL photofacials?
When performed by a qualified professional, IPL treatments are very effective with minimal side effects. Typical side effects associated with IPL treatments include mild redness or “sun burn” effect, minor swelling to the treatment area, skin flaking and peeling and less frequently, scabbing.

Alternative Treatments

Birthmark Removal
Available in Pittsburgh, birthmark removal with the MedLite® C6 laser system removes unwanted pigmentation, sun spots, freckles and more with no downtime and fast results.
Medlite C6 Rejuvenation
Laser skin treatment with the MedLite C6 delivers a refreshed appearance by simultaneously treating multiple skin conditions including large pores, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles and skin tone and texture while boosting the natural collagen production deep within the dermis for firmer, more youthful skin.
Chemical Peels
A Chemical Peel uses a precise chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing a bright, healthy, more vibrant complexion.
Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
Available in Pittsburgh, Fraxel® Dual 1550\/1927 laser treatment, the latest advancement in fractional technology, is the ideal laser treatment for people with active lifestyles who want to improve skin tone and texture without the downtime or redness associated with other laser skin resurfacing treatments.

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