IPL Therapy

IPL therapy in NYC can help visibly reduce signs of aging as well as dermatological side effects from medical conditions such as rosacea. As you get older, you may experience the effects of sun damage, aging, or other conditions more so than you did when you were younger. In response to sun exposure, medical conditions, and aging, your skin becomes damaged and irregularities may form, which results in a less clear complexion. At Sutton Place Dermatology, we provide the most advanced procedures like IPL therapy with specialized care for each patient in order to provide the most successful results.

What is IPL therapy?

IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy uses a highly focused laser in order to break up the pigmentation of moles, liver or age spots, or other various skin conditions. IPL treatment can be used for multiple conditions and can provide natural-looking results. Photorejuvenation uses multiple wavelengths of light to target the area of the skin being treated. The beam of light will pass through the skin and then be absorbed by the cells of the affected area. After damaged cells absorb the light of IPL therapy, visible marks, discoloration, or conditions may become less visible and less prominent.

IPL treatment is most commonly used for:

  • Age spots
  • Discoloration
  • Rosacea
  • Dilated or broken blood vessels
  • Wrinkles and lines
  • Freckles or moles
  • Reducing pore size

What should I expect from photorejuvenation?

An IPL treatment is segmented into multiple sessions. Each individual is different and may require more or less sessions than the average patient. Our dermatologists will take into account your personal health, medical history, and medical condition being treated to most adequately devise a treatment regimen that will be effective at meeting your goals.

The average number of treatments that are needed are four to five, which are administered monthly to allow for appropriate healing. With each session, most patients notice a small improvement. Everyone responds to treatment differently, and the more damaged your skin is, the more sessions that are needed to yield noticeable results. On average, a session is about thirty to sixty minutes long, but the time of each treatment depends on the size of the area being treated and what condition is being treated.

Prior to photorejuvenation, the targeted area will be thoroughly cleansed to promote a safe procedure. Protective eye goggles are provided to ensure your safety during the procedure, and the procedure is administered through an IPL hand piece by our dermatologists.

Some patients report slight stinging or discomfort that is often described as a small pinch during their IPL treatment. Prior to your session, an anesthetic cream will be applied to numb the targeted area and prevent any pain or discomfort during your IPL treatment. Initially, after your IPL treatment sessions, you may experience a few days of redness or sensitivity. It is not uncommon for brown spots being treated to get darker after an IPL treatment. This is just your body’s natural reaction, but as you heal, you should see lightening and noticeable results.

How can I learn more about IPL treatment?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss photorejuvenation with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss photorejuvenation, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

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