IPL (intense pulsed light) is not a laser. A laser uses a focused beam of light. IPL uses pulses of light that are more diffuse. IPL can be used to treat wrinkles, and spots (such as sun spots, age spots, and freckles). At Couture Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marvin Spann and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Candace Spann are proud to offer IPL as a nonsurgical aesthetic treatment. To learn more about IPL and decide whether you could benefit from a treatment, schedule a consultation at Couture Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV.
IPL Photofacial Reviews
"I have had great experiences at Couture Dermatology! Dr. Candace Spann is very personable and professional. I recommend her to all of my family and friends! Recently, I had the IPL procedure done on my face, to remove age spots, and I have had amazing results! Tonia, who is the aesthetician, did a fantastic job! I don't have to wear any foundation anymore! Thanks Tonia!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 12, 2017
The area you are having treated will be cleansed before we apply a cool gel. You will be given a pair of dark glasses or other eye protection equipment that you must wear during the treatment to protect your eyes. Light pulses from the IPL device are then applied to the treatment area. The IPL will be passed evenly over your skin until the area has been properly treated.
What to Expect
The pulses from IPL treatment feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Depending on what area of the body is being treated, we may offer a numbing gel or other light sedation. Treatment should take about 20 – 40 minutes. After the treatment is finished, we will clean and moisturize your skin. You should be careful to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays since the treatment will make you more sensitive.
Your costs depend on what part of the body is being treated and your aesthetic goal. To get maximal results, multiple treatments may be necessary. Treatments are usually spaced about a month apart. Most patients pay between $400 and $3,600 for their IPL treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $400
- Procedure Recovery Location
What is the Recovery?
IPL treatment requires no downtime. You will be able to leave after your appointment and go directly back to your normal day. The treated skin will be pink and you may experience a tingling sensation for a couple of hours after treatment. After several hours the redness will subside and there will be a coffee-ground look to the skin. This sloughs off in a couple of weeks. It may take a little while to see the final improvements from your treatment and most patients will need multiple sessions to get their best results.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL penetrates the dermis (the second layer of skin) without harming the epidermis (the first layer). The light that is emitted is absorbed by the pigmented areas and converted into heat. The heat breaks up the pigment for smoother skin with a more even tone.
How to Prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. You should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment.