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IPL Laser

IPL, also known as a photo facial or photo rejuvenation, is a powerful skin rejuvenation treatment. It works by emitting intense pulsed light, which penetrates the superficial layers of the skin to treat signs of skin aging. Among these signs of aging are brown pigments, such as freckles and age spots, fine lines, red blemishes, broken blood vessels, enlarged pores, rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and sun damage. Virtually any part of your body can be safely treated with IPL, and it is a safe treatment for all skin types, even darker ones.

IPL Laser Treatment in Los Angeles

Our skin tends to go through changes that have unappealing side effects as we age. Very often, we may see such issues as:

  • brown pigments (freckles, age spots)

  • fine lines

  • red blemishes

  • broken blood vessels

  • enlarged pores

  • rough sin

  • loss of skin tone and elasticity

  • sun damage

Thankfully, there have been great technological advances in aging skincare, and we can work to reduce these issues. One of those advances in skin treatments is the development of intense pulsed light technology, also known as IPL photo facial treatment or simply IPL treatment.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?

IPL, also known as photo facial or photo skin rejuvenation, emits intense pulsed light. The IPL penetrates the superficial layers of the skin to reduce signs of aging and other skin conditions in the treated area and treat wrinkles. These laser treatments can be done on virtually any part of the body and are safe for all skin types, including light brown skin and dark skin.

How Long Does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment Take?

The light therapy treatment itself only takes about 15 to 30 minutes of your time, and there is no need to apply any gel or topical anesthetic. With this laser therapy, you can be in and out of the skincare center within the same hour.

When you begin the IPL treatments, you will likely need to have 4 to 6 treatment sessions (spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart) to gain the full results of the cosmetic procedure.

What Does IPL Treatment Feel Like?

The IPL therapy handpiece will be cool and comfortable when placed on your skin. The light pulses may produce a mild and brief pinching sensation but nothing more intense than that.

What Happens after Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

Right after your light energy treatment, you may see spots begin to darken and a slight reddening of the skin cells in the surrounding area. This will subside within a couple of hours, and the dark spots will fade and flake off within 1-3 weeks.

Are There Any Guidelines Post-IPL Treatments?

Following your IPL treatment, you will be able to return to work immediately and resume all regular activities with no unwanted side effects. We caution that you avoid sun exposure after the procedure and apply sunscreen liberally in the treatment area.

When Will I See Results?

For most patients, IPL works, and the results will begin to manifest as your skin heals within 2 to 3 weeks of treatment. The final results you are hoping for, though, such as eliminating brown spots and acne scars, will not be apparent until the end of your 4 to 6 treatment series.

Will the Spots and Redness Reappear Over Time?

New spots and redness may appear if you are exposed to the sun for extended periods and do not apply sunscreen outdoors. Sun damage is one of the main reasons the spots and redness come back.

Contact Our IPL Laser Treatments Specialists

If you see visible signs of aging in your skin and would like to reduce them dramatically, contact DSC Laser & Skin Care Center to schedule a free consultation with our staff and learn more about IPL treatments.

Before and After



How long does the IPL treatment take?

Treatment time depends on the size of the area being treated. Treating the face may only take a few minutes, while treating larger areas (e.g. chest, arms, shoulders, back) will take longer.

What happens after the IPL treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off.
Is there any downtime? What are the post treatment guidelines?

& Patients can return to work the same day. Avoid vigorous exercise, very hot water, steam/sauna for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Patients should avoid sun exposure after the procedure and apply sunscreen liberally.

When will I see results?
Many patients see significant improvement within two to three weeks of treatment. However, your final result may not be apparent until the end of the series. You will see gradual improvement with each session. Four to six treatments are recommended, spaced about three to four weeks apart.
What does the IPL treatment feel like?
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?

Over time, new spots may appear without proper sun protection. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and redness.

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