IPL is a popular non –surgical treatment that can improve skin texture and color. The procedure isn’t complicated and can be completed in less than an hour.

Just like most non-surgical beauty treatments, IPL has zero downtime. So, you can get back to work after having it.

If you have already booked an appointment, chances are, you are tensed and clueless about everything that will happen on the day of your treatment.

If you are in this boat, this article will help you put things into perspective, as it shed light on what happens during an IPL procedure.

How exactly does IPL treatment works?

On the day of your appointment, you will be asked if you followed the pre-treatment instructions you were given during your previous visit. If everything checks out, you will be taken to the area where the treatment will be carried out.

You may be asked to lie down or sit, depending on the area being treated.

Before the procedure commences, your skin specialist will first clean the affected area to remove dirt and microbes. When this is done, they will apply a special cool gel on your skin. Next, they will direct the IPL device to the affected area.

During the treatment, you will be required to wear dark shades to protect your eyes from the light emitted by the IPL device.

As the device hovers over the affected area, you may experience a stinging sensation. On average, it will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the treatment. (The time duration can go up or down, depending on the size of the area being treated)

To get the best result, you may need to have between 4 to 6 treatments, which will be spaced a month apart. You may require up to 12 treatments if you are going to be using IPL for hair removal.

Who should opt for IPL treatment?

If you have the following skin issues, you should consider opting for IPL treatment.

  • Acne
  • Discolored skin
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Redness
  • Unwanted hair
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Dark and brown spots
  • Scars

Who should not opt for IPL treatment?

IPL treatment may not be a good fit for you if you have the following issues

  • Skin resurfacing disorder
  • Light sensitive skin
  • Severe scarring
  • Very dark skin
  • Skin cancer
  • Keloid scar tissues
  • If you use a retinoid cream
  • Pregnant women and people who are on certain medications aren’t good candidates for the treatment.

Two things you should know before opting for IPL treatment

It isn’t cheap

A single treatment session may cost $400 to $700. Note that the size of the area being treated may affect the price.

Can’t stop future aging

IPL is an excellent procedure that can make you look amazing, but it can’t stop future aging. You may have to get the treatment a few times a year to maintain your youthful look.

Final note

IPL is undoubtedly one of the best procedures for a plethora of skin issues. Before signing up for it, it is wise that you first consult a medical practitioner. They will be happy to explain the risks, benefits, and a few other things about the procedure to you.

A sneak peek at what happens during an IPL procedure