Sculptra Renewal Aesthetics

IPL Cottonwood Heights, UT

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

IPL, or intense pulsed light, it used to treat wrinkles, sun and dark spots, and unwanted hair. IPL has less focused light than a laser but will penetrate down to the second layer of skin or the dermis without harming the top layer or epidermis.

IPL causes less damage to the skin than lasers because pigment cells absorb the IPL energy, which is converted into heat. The heat destroys the unwanted pigment to clear skin problems. Or, when used for hair removal, IPL damages the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing.

Laser and IPL are similar treatments; however, lasers focus just one wavelength of light while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths – almost like a photo flash.


  • Age spots
  • Sun
  • Damage
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Varicose veins
  • Broken blood vessels on the face
  • Rosacea
  • Unwanted hair on the back, chest, face legs, underarms, and bikini line.

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IPL pulses may momentarily sting your skin, but your skin care specialist will use a numbing cream to help with your comfort levels. Depending on what part of your body is being treated with IPL, the treatment should only take 20 to 30 minutes. Three to six treatments are often necessary to get the desired results, and each treatment should be spaced about four weeks apart to let your skin heal. Hair removal may require six to twelve treatments.

There is little downtime with IPL treatments; however, you may have sensitive or red skin for a few hours. The skin may also slightly swell at the treatment areas, and you may need to avoid using hot water until your skin heals.

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Questions and Answers

Does IPL burn your skin?

Burns from IPL treatments performed under the direction of a licensed therapist is very rare.

How effective is IPL?

IPL works best on lighter skin colors, but most people react differently to IPL, and most patients will need multiple treatments before they notice results.

How long does it take to recover from IPL treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, the treated area can look red or pinkish. Red or pink coloring usually lasts about four hours, and the feeling resembles a mild sunburn.

What should I avoid after IPL treatment?

Avoid using makeup or lotion on the treated area for 24 hours or until the swelling is gone. Moisturize the treated area at least twice daily and use sunscreen at SPF 30 or higher.

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