Intense Pulsed Light

Available In Pittsburgh, PA


What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?

Available at The Skin Center, Intense Pulsed Light treatments make fading freckles, sun spots and other complexion concerns a problem of the past.

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


What can IPL treat?

Clear your complexion with a series of IPL treatments to improve the appearance of:

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

Intense pulsed light therapy is most commonly used to treat:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage

IPL Treatment

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.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.


What to expect after IPL treatment

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.


IPL Side Effects

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


A Chemical Peel uses a precise chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing a bright, healthy, more vibrant complexion.

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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