What is Intense Pulse (IPL) Treatment? 

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IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy, often known as a photo facial, is a non-invasive process that improves your skin’s color and texture without requiring surgery. It can help reverse some apparent signs of photoaging caused by excessive sun exposure. It will most likely show up on your face, neck, hands, chest, or any other region that has been exposed to sunlight. Intense IPL treatment may be effective if you have red, brown, or splotchy skin due to a medical condition. Because, as the name suggests, IPL therapy destroys undesirable skin cells, Intense Pulse (IPL) treatment is a laser-based therapy that targets a specific color in your skin.

When your skin is heated, your body eliminates undesired cells, which removes the ailment you’re being treated for. An IPL device, unlike a laser, emits a wide range of pulsing light wavelengths. It can cure many skin disorders at once. You may appear younger following IPL because your skin tone is more even. You can also recuperate quickly because the light does not affect other tissues.A board-certified dermatologist should do it. After their name, you may find the initials FAAD, which stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. In some circumstances, a nurse or physician assistant may assist.

In any case, look for someone who has worked with IPL before. It will work best if you have a pale or light brown complexion. Talk to your dermatologist if you want to decrease or eradicate your acne. 

Diving deeper into IPL or Photofacial

Intense Pulse (IPL) treatment or Photofacial Sciton BBL (BroadBand Light) is a type of IPL (Intense Pulse Light). BBL is a cutting-edge IPL treatment that uses Forever Young technology (TM) to restore aged skin to a healthy, young appearance and maintain it that way. Medicines that are quick, simple, and need no downtime. 

For many people, skin tone is an essential part of beauty. That is why Photofacial has gained popularity among those seeking painless skincare options. While many people desire to get a tan, others want to keep their skin looking young and healthy. 

IPL could be very beneficial to sun-damaged, multi-pigmented, and dry skin. The laser heats the treated region by transferring light energy from the IPL. After a series of treatments, the heat stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin, which tightens the skin, lightens pigmentation, removes damaged blood vessels. Therefore improving overall skin tone texture and looks.

Many unpleasant brown and red spots on your skin, such as liver spots, age spots, sun spots, burst capillaries, birthmarks, and angiomas, can be safely and successfully removed with high-energy pulse lasers (red spots). You can have a more even skin tone once the lasers have finished their work.

How many visits would it take to improve my skin?

Depending on the area’s size, color, depth, and the number of spots to be treated, laser treatments can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Most treatments do not require anesthesia and are performed as outpatient procedures. In most cases, two visits can cure red spots. 

Brown stains may require two or three trips to remove. Broken capillaries or red-colored scars may require multiple treatments. The skin is commonly discolored or bruised for 7 to 10 days after eliminating red spots, and it may feel like a sunburn for a few hours. Removing dark spots causes abrasion and causes the skin to redden briefly. 

Does IPL or Photofacial have downtime and side effects?

You can continue your daily activities immediately after each treatment, but keep the treated area out of the sun for at least six weeks or as long as your doctor prescribes. When the area has healed, use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect it whenever it is exposed to the sun. 

Two possible side effects include hypopigmentation (lightening) and hyperpigmentation (darkening). Laser therapy will not prevent the formation of additional spots. During your consultation, your doctor will go through all of the risks and advantages of treatment with you. Lasers can only be used on particular spots, such as marks with distinct boundaries. Suppose your skin tone is uneven, or you’re troubled by overall discoloration. In that case, your doctor can explore different treatment options with you.

In addition, IPL works in a similar way to laser therapy. On the other hand, a laser focuses only one wavelength of light on your skin, whereas IPL, like a photo flash, emits light of various wavelengths.

IPL produces more scattered and less concentrated light than a laser. IPL penetrates your skin’s second layer (dermis) without damaging the top layer (epidermis), resulting in minor skin damage. Your skin’s pigment cells absorb the light energy, subsequently converted to heat. 

Freckles and other spots are removed when the unwanted pigment is destroyed by heat. Alternatively, it might ruin the hair follicle, preventing the hair from sprouting again. IPL can be applied to any part of the body. 

However, uneven areas may not respond as effectively. It is not suggested for persons with darker skin tones or prone to thick, elevated keloid scars. It also doesn’t work as well on lighter hair as it does on darker hair.

What happens when you book an IPL or photo facial treatment?

First, your skincare specialist will analyze your skin and tell you what to expect before your IPL session. Tell them if you have any skin disorders, such as inflammatory acne or eczema, that could impede your healing following your treatment. 

For two weeks before your procedure, your skincare specialist may advise you to avoid certain activities, drugs, and other products. Your skincare specialist will begin by cleaning the treatment area. 

The next step is to apply a cooling gel to your skin. The IPL gadget is then used to provide light pulses to your skin. To safeguard your eyes, you’ll need to wear dark glasses during your treatment.

The pulses could irritate your skin. Some people compare the sensation to being snatched by a rubber band. It should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the treatment, depending on which region of your body is treated and how wide the area is. 

Three to six treatments may be required to achieve the desired outcomes. Treatments should be spaced about one month apart to allow your skin to heal between them. For hair removal, 6 to 12 treatments are required.

IPL/Photofacial: the go-to treatment

Get improved skin and texture with IPL/Photofacial from Nuance Aesthetics! With a team of experts with significant experience (over ten years!) and patient-centered services, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience in the clinic. Browse their website for promos, discounts, and consultations.


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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