How Many IPL Treatments Are Needed To See Results?

For most women and men, taking care of their skin is a priority to help maintain a youthful appearance at any age. Simple things like incorporating a daily skin care regimen, limiting exposure to the sun, and getting professional facial treatments like an IPL can help individuals keep healthy, vibrant skin. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy offers patients in the Greater Philadelphia area an excellent way to treat a broad range of skin concerns.

IPL treatments are at the top of the list as a popular choice for patients, and Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute offers these treatments at their Fort Washington and Lansdale, PA locations. If your facial skin looks dull or sun-damaged, IPL treatments could be the answer for you. Before getting started with IPL facials, many patients ask, "How many sessions are required for the best results?"

How many IPL treatments and how often?

For patients to get the best IPL results, it is generally recommended that patients receive, on average, 4 – 6 treatments scheduled four weeks apart.

  • Why do most patients need more than one IPL session?
    Every IPL treatment builds upon the previous one, allowing the skin to react gradually. Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute utilizes advanced Spectrum Laser technology for their intense pulsed light treatments. At each session, the Spectrum Laser is adjusted to reach different depths of the skin and deliver the right treatment to the targeted area.
  • Why are IPL treatments done four weeks apart?
    "Cell turnover" is a term used to describe the body replacing dead skin cells with new ones. On average, the body turns over new skin cells about every 30 – 40 days. Scheduling IPL sessions every four weeks allows the body to recover and return to normal before the next treatment.

How does an IPL photofacial work?

An intense pulsed light rejuvenation facial is a versatile treatment that is safe for all skin types. When the skin is heated, the body gets rid of the unwanted skin cells that have been treated. IPL technology uses light energy to penetrate below the second layer of the skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis). IPL sessions work deep within the layers of the skin to target various complexion issues on areas including the face, neck, hands, and chest. The IPL energy also stimulates collagen production, which may help shrink enlarged pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines, enhancing the skin's overall health and appearance.

Who is a candidate for IPL treatments?

The experts at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, which include medical director Dr. Aradhna Saxena and board-certified dermatologist Dr. David Kasper, are proud to use the advanced Spectrum Laser technology on their IPL patients. The Spectrum Laser technology delivers intense wavelengths of light that heat the skin being targeted to boost collagen and start the regeneration process. The ideal candidates for IPL treatments may have a single issue or a combination of concerns about their complexion. Intense pulsed light treatments can help minimize or eliminate:

  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Broken capillaries or blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Rough skin texture
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

The experienced professionals at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute will assess your skin during a one-on-one consultation to determine if IPL treatments are right for you.

What happens during my IPL treatment?

IPL sessions generally take about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the size and number of target areas. All IPL treatments are performed in a private treatment room at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute. Patients may feel some slight discomfort during the IPL session, but this is only during the short duration of the treatment. There is no downtime needed afterward, so patients can resume their normal routine when their treatment has been completed. Slight swelling or redness will occur but only be visible for a few hours. A cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication can help minimize any discomfort.

Are you ready for fresher, younger-looking skin? Noninvasive skin rejuvenation like an IPL facial can recapture your skin's youthful glow and boost your appearance. IPL treatments can tackle a myriad of skin issues and offer patients a noninvasive procedure that requires no downtime. If you are interested in finding out more about intense pulsed light therapy, Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute invites you to schedule a consultation at their Fort Washington or Lansdale, PA location. Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute provides an extensive list of effective aesthetic procedures for their patients. Rejuvenating your skin with an IPL treatment is a fantastic way for Greater Philadelphia-area patients to look and feel younger.