Intense Pulsed Light Treatment for Acne – A Non-Invasive Treatment

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Acne affects the majority of people at some point in their lives, and while not always serious, it can be a source of great frustration to sufferers. The majority of cases of acne are caused by hormonal imbalances in the body, but many sufferers don’t realize that there are acne treatments available that tackle this cause directly. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is one such treatment; we’ll take a look at how it works and what you need to know about IPL acne treatment today!

What is an IPL Acne Treatment?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a type of phototherapy treatment that uses controlled pulses of intense light to treat acne. IPL targets several different types of acne lesions, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. Unlike other acne treatments such as chemical peels and laser surgery, IPL does not require incisions or anesthesia. It is also less expensive than laser therapy or chemical peels with comparable results. The patient can go home immediately after treatment without any recovery time.

What Happens During an IPL Treatment?

An IPL treatment is quick and typically painless. The technician applies a gel to your skin to prep it before each pulse, which takes about 30 seconds per area (4–8 pulses total). It’s not exactly a relaxing experience (the pulsing feels like tapping or pinching), but most patients say they don’t find it painful.

Benefits of Using Intense Pulsed Light for Acne Treatments

Since IPL is a non-invasive treatment, it’s generally considered more desirable than other treatments. The energy used to treat acne will cause some discomfort, but there’s no risk of scarring like with laser treatment. Because IPL uses light rather than heat, it also won’t dry out your skin like chemical peels can. And, unlike dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, you don’t have to wait weeks between treatments. Most people see results after just one session.

Are There Any Side Effects With IPL Treatments?

IPL treatments typically have few side effects, but it is a good idea to check with your physician before undergoing any type of treatment. Most common side effects associated with IPL treatments include redness, swelling and pain. If you experience any side effects after an IPL treatment, it’s important to see your doctor immediately. Be sure to monitor your skin closely following treatment so that you can identify any changes as soon as possible.

Contact us at Hellenic Laser Spa today for all your IPL treatment needs!

 

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