Intense Pulsed Light, commonly known as IPL, is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes pulses of broad-spectrum light to target and treat various skin concerns. These include fine lines, acne, pigmented lesions, and hair removal. It works by delivering controlled bursts of light energy into the deeper layers of the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen, a crucial protein that gives our skin its elasticity and firmness. IPL not only addresses surface-level imperfections but also promotes overall skin health and vitality.
At Plastic Surgery of Short Hills, Dr. Alexander Ovchinsky is a trusted expert in IPL treatments. He provides personalized care to meet each patient’s unique needs. At our locations in Short Hills, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY we will assess your skin condition and recommend the most suitable IPL treatment plan to achieve optimal results.
- 1 About Lumenis IPL
- 2 IPL vs. Lasers
- 3 Benefits
- 4 Who is a Good Candidate for IPL?
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 IPL Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results
- 10 Cost of IPL in Short Hills
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
About Lumenis IPL
Our Lumenis IPL treatment can be customized to address specific skin concerns and target different areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, hands, and legs. Despite treating some of the same conditions, it is not a laser. Rather, it uses a flashlamp at wavelengths of broadband light between 400–1400 nm to rejuvenate the skin. (1)
The team at Plastic Surgery of Short Hills can tailor a treatment plan to target and eliminate unwanted blemishes, helping you achieve radiant, younger-looking skin. IPL is a versatile treatment that can help to reduce the appearance of the following.
- Age Spots
- Uneven Texture
- Fine Lines
- Uneven Tone
- Venous Malformations
- Hair Removal
One of the primary uses of IPL is pigmentation removal. The precise wavelengths of light emitted by the device are absorbed by the melanin in the pigmented areas, causing them to gradually fade away, revealing clearer and more even-toned skin.
IPL is highly effective for hair reduction. Unwanted hair on the face and body can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness. Our IPL hair reduction treatments offer a long-term solution by targeting the hair follicles with intense pulses of light, inhibiting future hair growth. With multiple sessions, patients can achieve smooth and hair-free skin in the treated areas.
IPL photofacial therapy is another popular application of Lumenis technology. This versatile treatment can address a variety of skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and uneven skin texture. By stimulating collagen production and promoting cellular rejuvenation, IPL photofacials can help restore a youthful and radiant appearance.
For those struggling with acne, IPL offers an effective solution. The intense light energy targets the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts, reducing inflammation and promoting healing. IPL acne treatments can significantly improve the appearance of active acne, as well as minimize acne scarring over time.
IPL vs. Lasers
Laser and light devices have been used for many years in skin rejuvenation. But what are the differences between them? IPL emits a broad spectrum of light that targets various chromophores within the skin, such as melanin (responsible for pigmentation) and hemoglobin (found in blood vessels). Conversely, lasers employ a single focused beam of monochromatic light. Although some believe that laser treatments are more effective than IPL, research indicates that IPL can produce results that are comparable to lasers. (2)
The benefits of Lumenis IPL extend beyond its versatility and effectiveness. This non-invasive procedure requires no downtime, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. An IPL session is also relatively painless, with most patients describing a mild sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. The treatment is quick, usually lasting around 30 minutes, and requires little to no downtime, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately.
When considering your options for skin rejuvenation and treatment of various skin conditions, trust Dr. Ovchinsky and the team at Plastic Surgery of Short Hills to provide you with exceptional care and remarkable results using Lumenis IPL technology.
Who is a Good Candidate for IPL?
Treatment with Lumenis IPL is suitable for most patients who are in good overall health. However, it is not suitable for people with a recent sunburn or pregnant women. Patients who have experienced cold sores should also take medication to prevent an outbreak. This is because IPL can activate the virus responsible for cold sores. (1)
Before your treatment, you will come to our Short Hills or Brooklyn location for a consultation. At this time, we will ask you to provide some brief details about your health, and one of our aesthetic experts will examine your areas of concern. Please use this opportunity to ask questions.
Dr. Ovchinsky and his team take pride in offering individualized treatment plans tailored to the precise needs of the individual. Because of its versatility, IPL can even be used for multiple skin issues in a single session. Following your consultation, we will discuss the recommended number of sessions required for optimal results, as well as any pre- and post-treatment instructions. Commonly, patients find that 4-6 treatments spaced a few weeks apart provide the most effective results. Our team is committed to ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the entire process.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanners for at least two weeks.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily.
- Stop using any topical medications or products containing retinoids for at least one week.
- Avoid chemical peels or other aggressive facial treatments.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements as advised by your physician.
- Inform us if you have a history of keloid scarring or abnormal wound healing.
- Inform us if you have a history of cold sores, as IPL may trigger an outbreak.
Before the procedure, we will provide eye protection for your safety. Should you require topical anesthesia, this will be applied to the treatment area. During your IPL session, your certified technician will carefully deliver precise bursts of light to the targeted area using the Lumenis device. You may experience a mild snapping or stinging sensation during the treatment, but any discomfort is typically well-tolerated and temporary. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment in the skin or hair follicles, which then heats up and destroys the unwanted cells. Depending on the treatment plan and the treated area of the body, most IPL sessions are fast and are under 30 minutes in duration.
After your IPL treatment, it is normal to experience some mild redness and swelling in the treated area. This will typically subside within a few hours to a few days, depending on the intensity of the treatment and your individual healing response. It is crucial to follow all post-treatment instructions provided by our staff to minimize any potential complications and maximize your results.
During the recovery period, it is important to protect your skin from direct sunlight and avoid any harsh skincare products or treatments that may irritate the treated area. We may recommend specific skincare products or sunscreen with high SPF to aid in the healing process and protect your newly rejuvenated skin.
The results of your IPL treatment will gradually become apparent over time as your skin continues to heal and regenerate.
In general, patients can expect to see improvements in skin tone and texture, reduction in pigmentation irregularities, diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and overall rejuvenation of the treated area. The beauty of IPL lies in its ability to stimulate collagen production, which helps to enhance the natural elasticity and firmness of the skin, resulting in a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Cost of IPL in Short Hills
The cost of IPL treatment will vary depending on the specific needs and goals of each patient. At Plastic Surgery of Short Hills, we understand that every individual requires a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best possible results. Factors such as the size and location of the treatment area, the number of sessions needed, and the complexity of the condition being treated will be considered when determining the cost.
If you are interested in other procedures at Plastic Surgery of Short Hills, please read our blog for more information.
How many IPL sessions are recommended?
The number of IPL sessions needed varies depending on the specific condition being treated and individual factors. In general, a series of 3 to 6 treatments spaced several weeks apart is recommended to achieve optimal results.
Is there any downtime associated with IPL?
One of the advantages of IPL is that it involves minimal downtime. Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment. However, it is advisable to avoid excessive sun exposure, hot showers, saunas, and strenuous exercise for a few days following the procedure to allow the skin to heal properly.
Are IPL results permanent?
Hair reduction achieved through IPL treatments can last for several months to years, but occasional maintenance sessions may be necessary. Similarly, the results of IPL on skin concerns such as pigmentation and sun damage can be long-lasting, but proper skin care and sun protection are essential for maintaining optimal outcomes.
- Gade A, Vasile GF, Rubenstein R. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy. PubMed. Published 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK580525/
- Goldberg DJ. Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2012;5(6):45-53. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3390232/