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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL Treatment near Jackson, MS

One of the greatest pleasures of our profession is helping people fall in love with their skin. At Faces, Dr. Jordan and his staff have decades of experience using the latest skincare technology, and we’re excited to help you learn more about intense pulsed light—one of our favorite skincare and hair removal treatments.

Usually classified under the larger umbrella of laser skin treatments, intense pulsed light (IPL) is a type of light therapy sometimes referred to as photorejuvenation. Its primary applications in aesthetics are hair removal and treating skin pigmentation and sun damage. IPL can also be used to treat severe acne and other skin conditions.

Even out and enrich your skin tone or enjoy being hair-free and smooth with very little downtime from this safe, effective cosmetic treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light Treatments?

The Jackson, MS area is a beautiful part of the country. Did you know we get an average of 215 days of sun per year? All that sun is wonderful for many reasons, but the sun does immense radiation damage to your skin throughout your life. IPL is a great solution to help minimize or eliminate the signs of sun damage, as well as some signs of aging. IPL works by penetrating the deep layers of the skin and promoting collagen growth. Heat energy produced by IPL can also be used to destroy hair follicles or target unwanted skin pigment irregularities.

In general, cosmetic surgeons and aesthetic professionals use IPL technology to treat:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Some types of acne
  • Unwanted dark facial hair
  • Rough skin textures
  • Abnormal skin redness

One of the major benefits of IPL is its versatility. It can be used to treat nearly every part of the body but is most commonly used on the face, neck, and chest.

What Is an IPL Treatment Like?

We find that the best patient is a well-informed patient. Our IPL treatments begin with a thorough consultation to answer all your questions about IPL. Our skincare specialists will examine your skin and hair to make sure you’ll benefit more from IPL than other cosmetic services. At your consultation, let us know if you have a history of skin conditions such as inflammatory acne or eczema.

During your IPL appointment, we’ll clean the treatment area and apply a cool gel to your skin. We use the IPL device to direct pulses of light to your skin and hair pigment while you relax with a pair of dark glasses to protect your eyes. Some patients report a mild discomfort described as similar to a snapping rubber band on their skin during the treatment.

Treatment lasts 30 minutes or less and generally requires about 3 to 6 sessions. Hair removal may take more sessions. There is usually very little recovery involved, other than having some red and sensitive skin immediately after your appointment. You should be able to go about your day and put on makeup right after the procedure.

IPL FAQs

IPL is a type of light therapy that works by sending pulses of light into your second layer of skin, known as the dermis. During this process, it avoids damaging the upper layer of your skin, called the epidermis. Pigment in the skin and hair absorbs the light in a process similar to the way a black shirt attracts sunlight and generates heat on a sunny day. The pulses of light target pigment cells, which generates heat and destroys pigment irregularities. For hair removal, heat is used to kill the hair follicle.

People with very dark skin tones may not be good candidates for IPL skin care treatments. During your consultation, we’ll take a close look at your skin conditions and ensure you’re a good candidate or recommend a better treatment plan. Some conditions in uneven areas of the skin may be harder to treat with IPL. Some medications sensitize the skin to light and patients who are taking them should not be treated with IPL

For hair removal, IPL generally isn’t as effective for those with light red, gray or very light blonde hair.

Factors that affect the cost of your IPL treatment plan include the size of the area you would like to treat, the number of follow-up treatments required, and in some situations prescription medication.

There’s no one-size-fits all answer, but prices begin at $350.

IPL is an excellent blanket-treatment for many skin issues, ranging from sun damage to freckles, uneven skin tone to burst blood vessels.

While useful on many different areas  of the body, patients particularly enjoy the results from an IPL Photofacial at our clinic in Ridgeland , MS. As such, the best time of year can be after the summer season, especially in the fall or winter when the sun is not so intense and your exposure is limited.

Absolutely. Intense Pulsed Light therapy can  also be used for hair removal.   By obliterating the base hair follicles, IPL can drastically reduce the hair growing in an area. With multiple successive treatments, it is possible to eliminate unwanted hair, although permanent hair removal is not typically achieved with IPL.

IPL therapy is very effective for many skin issues such as dark sunspots or redness. IPL, however, is not very effective for wrinkles or sagging skin. Treatments such as chemical peels and neurotoxins like BOTOX® , Dysport® or Xeomin® or face lifting surgery can easily be added to your overall plan to address those concerns.  

Intense pulsed light therapy aims to improve skin tone and texture and minimize or eliminate signs of sun damage, as well as some signs of aging.

We have a number of highly trained IPL specialists at Faces who will ensure you have the best possible experience. You will be given a pair of protective goggles to keep your eyes safe during the procedure. We will also apply a cooling gel to the areas being treated to reduce any sensation caused by the intense light. This should keep you comfortable throughout the duration of your treatment.

The best precaution after IPL therapy is to protect your skin from the sun. We generally suggest IPL treatments during the cooler months of the year, October through March, when the sun is not as intense and exposure is limited. 

You can protect the skin on your face by wearing  a broad-brimmed hat, and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. 

IPL is available in the Jackson, MS, area at Faces, PLLC. IPL technology has been available for over 10 years, and we have successfully treated thousands of patients. Faces uses the Lumenis M22 IPL device, which is the most advanced IPL machine available today.

We’re big on patient education at Faces, and we want to help you make sure intense pulsed light is the right decision to achieve your long-term aesthetic goals. If you’re ready to schedule an Intense Pulsed Light consultation with our team of skincare professionals, please call our facial plastic surgery practice at (601) 607-3033. You can also send us a message online!