Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light is a photorejuvenation cosmetic procedure. Laser (light) energy is pulsed to penetrate the sub-surface of the skin layers and is absorbed by blood vessels or by pigment. The energy insults these targets and the body begins its natural healing process. At Totality, the Lumenis M22 machine is used to deliver Intense Pulsed Light treatments. The M22 uses IPL to treat over 30 skin conditions including: dark spots and hyper-pigmentation, hair removal, rosacea, vascular legions, cherry hemangiomas, and acne.

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Is Intense Pulsed Light safe?

Intense Pulsed Light uses gentle energy parameters to assure safe, effective treatment. Uniquely shaped pulses precisely heat their intended targets, causing remarkably little or no skin damage or discomfort to surrounding normal skin. Clinical trials conducted by leading authorities on pulsed light document its safety and effectiveness. The Lumenis M22 IPL uses Optimal Pulse Technology which allows for further control of the pulse shape, energy, and duration making the patient experience more comfortable and safe.

What are the benefits of Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light (photorejuvenation) removes age spots, sun-induced freckles, and redness due to broken capillaries. Other benefits of IPL include improving dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, and large pores as well as red flushing skin and rosacea.

What results are expected with Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light restores skin to a fresh, youthful appearance. The bottom line is new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of skin imperfections.

What can I expect during treatments with Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light involves minimal discomfort. The treatments usually range from 15-30 minutes dependent upon area and skin condition being treated. A cool gel is applied to the cleansed target area. IPL is well tolerated by most although a sensation of a rubber band snapping on your skin when the light is delivered is common. Immediately following treatment, you can resume regular activities. Generally, a series of five sessions is recommended to achieve maximum results.

What aftercare is recommended following Intense Pulsed Light treatment?

Gentle cleansing and limiting exposure to the sun for several weeks before and after treatment are recommended.

What are the possible side effects associated with Intense Pulsed Light?

Side effects are rare with Intense Pulsed Light. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. As time progresses, these immediate side effects will fade and ultimately disappear. Unlike deep laser resurfacing and chemical peels, IPL is not accompanied by an extended period of redness and swelling, nor does it involve ablation of the upper layer of skin.

Am I a candidate for Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light can be used on most patients and on most areas of the body. Since this procedure spares health tissue, it can be performed on delicate skin areas, such as the face, neck, chest, and hands. Patients with the following conditions need to be individually assessed for this treatment:

  • Current of history of cancer, especially malignant melanoma or recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions such as multiple dysplastic nevi
  • Any active infection
  • Patients with recurrent herpes simplex, systemic lupus erythematosus or porphyrias as these disease may be stimulated by light at the wavelength used in the laser treatment
  • Use of photosensitive medications and/or herbs that may cause sensitivity to laser light such as isotretinoin, tetracycline, Acutane, or St. John’s Wort in the past 6 months
  • Immunosuppressive diseases, including AIDS and HIV infection, or use of immunosuppressive medications
  • History of bleeding tendencies or on oral anticoagulants
  • History of keloid scarring
  • Exposure to sun or artificial tanning during the 3-4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Are pregnant

What does Intense Pulsed Light cost?

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Schedule a Consultation


We encourage you to schedule a consultation today. During our meeting, we will advise on whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) , as well as compose a custom treatment plan designed to achieve the smooth and clear skin you’ve always wanted. Call or text the office today and one of our seasoned staff members will be able to assist you.

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