Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
The intense pulse light (IPL) is technically not a laser but uses visible light over a wide spectrum to achieve some of the effects as laser resurfacing. Recently, it has been used to remove hair; improve skin texture; reduce redness caused by dilated blood vessels; and some lightening of pigmentation. It is especially good for improving redness, but the overall effects on texture are more variable with some getting good results and others getting only mild improvement.
Complications with IPL include redness, slight darkening of pigmentation and “burns” that are manifested as brown streaks. Some patients are uncomfortable with the gel that must be applied during treatment while others do not like the intense light and heat during the procedure. It requires, like the non-ablative lasers, about 3 to 5 sessions to achieve the desired results(*).
*Individual results may vary.