Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a low-impact alternative to laser skin resurfacing. It can diminish freckles, sun spots and other discolorations of the skin, similar to those treated by chemical peels and Fraxel Laser Treatment. It can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, arms, legs and chest – virtually any area that shows discoloration as a result of sun exposure.

If you are interested in this minimally-invasive treatment, schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.

How IPL Works

IPL works by pulsing the skin with intense light, similar to a laser, but with lower intensity and with a wider range of wavelengths IPL works by selective photothermolysis, similar to lasers. The pulsed light energy is absorbed by targets in the skin such freckles, sun spots, and hair follicles.

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IPL works by pulsing the skin with intense light, similar to a laser, but with lower intensity and with a wider range of wavelengths

IPL works by selective photothermolysis, similar to lasers. The pulsed light energy is absorbed by targets in the skin such freckles, sun spots, and hair follicles.

IPL Procedure and Results

During IPL treatment, your skin is exposed to an intense light. The length of treatment depends on the size of the area to be treated, but typically takes 15-30 minutes. Most people do not experience discomfort. A topical anesthetic is available if desired, but most do not need it.

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Individual results may vary.

intense pulsed light ipl

Individual results may vary.

Although you will see some results after your first treatment, it often takes 3-5 treatment sessions to see optimal results.

intense pulsed light ipl washington dc


During IPL treatment, your skin is exposed to an intense light. The length of treatment depends on the size of the area to be treated, but typically takes 15-30 minutes. Most people do not experience discomfort. A topical anesthetic is available if desired, but most do not need it.

Although you will see some results after your first treatment, it often takes 3-5 treatment sessions to see optimal results.

Comparing Procedures

At the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, IPL is prescribed for correction of uneven skin tone, whether due to blotchy, diffuse redness or brown discoloration.

If you would like to discuss what treatment might be best for you, please schedule a skin rejuvenation consultation with the cosmetic dermatologists at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Surgery today.

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