Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-surgical treatment that improves the color and texture of your skin by using light energy to target and remove damaged or pigmented skin cells.
This gentle technique can be used anywhere on the body to correct an array of skin issues, and is also sometimes referred to as BroadBand Light (BBL) or photofacial.
Who is a good candidate for IPL?
The IPL photofacial treatment is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires minimal downtime and has a low risk of side effects. The non-ablative treatment uses broad-spectrum light to treat any area of the body with sun damage, but most commonly the face, chest, neck, and hands. You may be a candidate for IPL if you have:
Sun spots (freckles)
Benign brown pigmentation
Redness caused by broken capillaries
Small spider veins
Red stretch marks and scars
Why choose us for IPL?
Our physician assistants are licensed and board-certified, with a high level of experience and education. Our licensed medical aesthetician is highly-trained and specializes in custom skin care treatments. We offer great results and individualized care in our safe, private, accredited outpatient facility. Our medical team has extensive experience in plastic surgery and skin care.
Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care is a specialty aesthetic practice, founded 26 years ago in the Vail Valley of the Colorado mountains. We are unique from other aesthetic practices in that our doctors are board-certified plastic surgeons and specialize in their area of expertise—either face or body.
What can I expect with IPL treatment?
Your skin care specialist will clean the treatment area and apply a cool gel. Broad-spectrum light is then transmitted through a smooth, transparent handpiece, gently placed over the skin. Filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range, allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the blood when treating vascular lesions, or by the melanin (skin pigment) when treating pigmented lesions. The light damages the lesions, which are removed through the body’s natural processes, leaving the skin with a more even and youthful appearance.
Is there any downtime after IPL treatment?
There is minimal downtime after IPL therapy. The treated skin may be red and sensitive for a few hours, as it would be with a mild sunburn, and you may experience slight swelling. We will advise you to avoid strenuous exercise or heat for the first 24 hours, but otherwise, you may resume normal activities immediately following the procedure. The treated areas will also be more sensitive to the sun, so sun protection following treatment is imperative. Skin sensitivity may continue for a few days after treatment.
How long does an IPL treatment take?
Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, an IPL procedure will take approximately thirty minutes to one hour.
How many treatments will I need?
You may need a series of three to six treatments, spaced approximately one month apart. We will individually tailor a treatment plan for you, depending on your skin concerns and aesthetic goals.
What does an IPL treatment feel like?
IPL treatments are well-tolerated by most patients. You may feel a slight stinging sensation, similar to the snapping of a hot rubber band. Numbing cream may be applied prior to the procedure to make the treatment more comfortable.
How should I prepare for an IPL treatment?
For two weeks before treatment, your practitioner may instruct you to avoid:
Tanning beds or self-tanners
Chemical peels or other laser treatment
Products or creams containing vitamin A, such as retinol or Retin-A
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that safety is now an increased priority. Dr. Mangat has resumed seeing patients in a way that is safe and takes appropriate health precautions, and this includes the option to set up a virtual consultation.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Copit to begin learning about how we can help you realize your cosmetic goals, please reach out. We’re excited to start you on your journey to your most beautiful self.