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Works to produce a silkier texture on the skin while evening out skin tone. In some cases, it can even reverse some damage caused by the sun. It is also beneficial for treating discolorations such as brown or red spots. To help you decide if this treatment is right for you, Celibre Medical has put together this short guide to everything you need to know about IPL treatments.

How does IPL therapy work?

Intense pulsed light therapy targets your skin colors with light energy. The light will warm the skin and remove unwanted cells. IPL Treatment Torrance uses a pulse of various wavelengths to treat the target area of the skin. The treatment leads to younger-looking skin because of a more even tone with little to no downtime.

Who should use IPL therapy?

Intense pulsed light therapy is effective for a wide range of skin problems. IPL is most effective on very pale to light brown skin tones. It can be used to treat:

  • Broken blood vessels

  • Discolored skin

  • Acne

  • Fine wrinkles

  • Age spots

  • Dark spots

  • spider veins

  • Birth marks

  • Freckles

  • Rosacea redness

  • And more!

While the procedure is non-invasive, it is not suitable for pregnant women, people with skin conditions, and people taking certain medications. It should also be avoided if you are sensitive to light, use retinoid creams, or use any method of tanning. In very dark skin tones it is not very effective either.

Is IPL effective?

Like any cosmetic procedure, how well IPL works depends on the person and the condition you want to treat. For those looking to scale back redness, IPL is going to be effective in removing up to 75% of the broken blood vessels under the skin. Patients who wish to treat sunspots can expect at least 70% of their marks to disappear. IPL lasers also are used as an efficient hair removal treatment if the treatment is performed on dark hair that’s visible against lighter skin. People with blonde hair or darker skin may not get results from IPL hair removal treatments. Acne scars can also be visibly reduced with multiple sessions under an IPL laser.

Is IPL Therapy Safe?

When performed by a trained technician, such as those at Celibre Medical, the procedure is safe and effective. There are few side effects to be aware of. In rare cases, treatment can cause swelling or pain. Using the services of knowledgeable will reduce the probabilities of a negative reaction to IPL therapy.

What should you expect during a session?

Before your session, you should avoid any form of tanning for at least two weeks. Chemical peels, waxing, and collagen injections should also be avoided for two to four weeks before your appointment. When you arrive for treatment, make sure your skin is clean and free of makeup, perfume, or other topical irritants. Aspirin or any other medicine that can make you bleed more should also be avoided.

During the procedure, the technician will apply a transparent gel onto your skin. After covering your eyes with dark glasses, a handheld IPL device will be passed over the treatment area. Sessions can last between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

IPL is relatively painless, although some patients will experience mild discomfort. For sensitive patients, an anesthetic cream will be applied 15 to 30 minutes before the session begins. After the session, the treatment area will appear red and irritated, as if it had a sunburn, for six hours. In some patients, bruising can persist for up to two days. It is essential to follow the aftercare guidelines provided after your session to experience the best possible results.

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