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What Is IPL Photorejuvenation And How Can It Help My Skin?

Dark spots, freckles, and brown patches are some of the most common skin concerns both women and men experience due to sun damage or aging. Without proper skincare in our younger age, signs of premature aging and sensitivity to the sun become noticeable.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are highly effective, non-invasive, and offer an array of benefits that can address many skin concerns without the hefty price tag compared to other skincare treatments. Today, while there are a variety of non-invasive skin care treatments to choose from, IPL photo facial therapy is the most recognized for giving patients a more vibrant, younger-looking appearance.

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IPL Photorejuvenation

Are you noticing dark spots or patches on your face, hands, and neck? Have some freckles you wish would just vanish? Or are you wanting to get rid of some stubborn acne that won’t go away? IPL photorejuvenation can tackle all these skincare concerns using a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime. IPL can also be used on all areas of the body, as it’s not limited to the facial region.

At our Calgary vein clinic, we offer this effective, non-invasive IPL treatment, as well as many other anti-aging skincare solutions such as Botox, Chemical Peels, and Hydrafacials. To achieve a vibrant, younger-looking appearance, call us at (403) 253-2555 or fill in our online contact form.

If topical serums and exfoliants are not giving you that blemish-free glow or helping your skin achieve a younger appearance, it might be time to consider professional skin resurfacing with IPL.

Skincare Concerns Treated With IPL

Although IPL photo facials are famously known for treating sun-damaged skin and removing unwanted freckles, they can also treat many other skincare concerns, such as:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Excess hair
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Spider veins
  • Stretch marks
  • Melasma
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars

How Does IPL Photorejuvenation Work?

During an IPL photo facial treatment, a light-emitting device is calibrated for your specific skin concern by a licensed medical professional. When compared to laser treatments, IPL uses scattered, broad-spectrum wavelengths of light to cover larger areas of the skin; laser treatments only target specific, small, and controlled areas of the skin using limited, narrow bands of wavelengths. The pulses of light from the device are then absorbed by the melanin (pigment) and red blood cells in the skin. This generates heat and causes a superficial injury without actually causing harm to the delicate dermal tissue in the skin. Your skin then begins its natural healing process and sheds its outer layer, revealing a new healthy skin full of collagen and skin-firming proteins.

The adjustable nature of IPL photorejuvenation makes it extremely versatile and can be customized to your specific skin concerns. It can also be used to treat one or multiple skincare concerns at the same time.

IPL Photorejuvenation Safety

IPL photo facials are a safe procedure that produces amazing results for a variety of skin concerns. While IPL treatments are extremely safe, they may not be suitable for everyone. Speak with a medical professional before deciding if IPL photorejuvenation is right for you. 

Some factors that may make certain individuals unsuitable for IPLtreatments include:

  • If you’re pregnant
  • If you’re using blood thinners
  • If you recently suffered from a severe sunburn 
  • If you’re currently or have been taking acne medication such as Accutane
  • If you’re susceptible to keloid scarring
  • If you suffer from severe scarring
  • If you suffer from a skin-resurfacing disorder.

IPL Treatment Aftercare

IPL treatments usually only take 20-30 minutes and require 4-6 sessions spaced four weeks apart. 

Patients describe the procedure as having a rubber band snapped against your skin; it pinches but does not hurt. Even so, you may be provided with the option to have a local anesthetic or chilling gel applied to minimize the sensation. 

After your treatment, your skin may be red with a stinging sensation that can last from 4 to 6 hours. Blemishes and sunspots may darken. This is a good sign because it means the skin is regenerating and shedding unhealthy layers. Avoid using makeup or any scented lotions on the treated areas for 24 hours to allow the skin to heal naturally.

Contact Us Today

Our specialists at Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic can help you achieve all of your health and skincare goals and can answer any questions you may have about our IPL photorejuvenation treatments. Contact us by calling (403) 253-2555 or fill in our online contact form.


How long do IPL results last?

IPL results can be seen years after treatments as long as your skin is properly taken care of (with extra caution under the sun). IPL treatments are also recommended once every six months or year to promote collagen and other anti-aging proteins in the skin.

How expensive are IPL treatments?

IPL treatments can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000. In comparison, traditional laser treatments cost $2,000 to $4,000. 

Are there any downsides to IPL treatments?

IPL treatments are very safe and effective, but they may not be suitable for all skin types. Tanned and darker skin tones can be unsuitable for light therapies, as IPL can result in hyperpigmentation and skin lightening. Individuals who suffer from eczema or psoriasis may also not be good candidates for IPL, as the treatment causes skin inflammation and redness.

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