Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

First the good news- PIH is not truly a scar and will go away with time or quite quickly when treated with acne scar treatments such as IPL or chemical peels and topical skin lighteners applied daily!

Post-acne redness or PIH is the skins natural response to inflammation. PIH develops when a stimuli such as an acne breakout causes inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin (aka pigment) as a protective measure. This pigment is produced in excess causing a red, purple or brown spot to be left behind weeks to months after a breakout has healed. PIH is typically caused by pustular and hormonal inflammatory acne.

One of the best acne scar treatments for PIH is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) due to its ability to target and lighten pigment that is darker than the surrounding skin color. Keep in mind, the IPL is only appropriate for light to medium skin types.

(If you have darker skin with PIH, your best option is MicroNeedling and Chemical Peels. Your Esthetician will make a recommendation on the best peel for you.)

  • Full Face IPL:
    $199 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8
  • Partial Face (cheeks) IPL:
    $135 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8
  • Upper Back IPL:
    $249 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8



Is Photofacial painful?

The procedure is fast and non-invasive. Individual experiences do vary, but some patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure. The sensation is sometimes compared to the snapping feeling of a rubber band or a warm sensation.

Is there any downtime?

One can continue with normal activities immediately following the procedure and wear makeup. The sun spots will appear darker for 4-10 days. During that time, one can go about normal like with makeup on.

What areas of the body can be treated?

While the name might imply otherwise, a Photofacial can be done on the face (including partial face), chest, shoulders and back.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the amount and severity of the sun damage, 3-9 treatments will be recommended. During a complimentary consultation, we will determine the appropriate amount of treatments for your specific situation.

Are there any side effects?

The Photofacial IPL technology is FDA-approved and guaranteed to penetrate the skin safely. During the procedure, patients wear safety glasses or goggles to protect their eyes.
Photofacial side effects are very rare, but some patients experience mild redness or swelling. These effects generally fade within hours after the procedure. Veins may appear slightly redder and brown spots may appear slightly darker in the week following the procedure; this is normal. Patients are allowed to use makeup immediately post-procedure.

Are Photofacials safe to have done while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, light therapy is safe to have done while pregnant or breastfeeding. Some laser treatments are not safe as the machine emits radiation, however, light therapy does not emit any radiation and is thereby completely safe. Since pregnant women cannot use skin lighteners, IPL is actually the best choice for lightening hyperpigmentation!

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Video