Who’s A Good Candidate for IPL?

IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light, also known as a photofacial, is a non-laser, precision light generator that is used to minimize skin discolorations associated with accumulated sun damage – including freckles and brown spots on the face, chest and on the backs of hands and forearms. IPL can also help reduce the look of vascular problems, such as rosacea, while leaving the surface of the skin unharmed.

IPL is most effective on white, untanned skin. A good candidate for this type of treatment would be a person with blotchy, sun-damaged or discolored skin. Those suffering from rosacea will see tremendous results as well.

Who Is Not a Candidate?

People with tanned or naturally dark skin are not necessarily good candidates for IPL because there’s a risk that the skin pigment could change after treatment. Anyone taking Accutane should not consider an IPL treatment until at least six months after they stop using the drug. It’s also strongly recommended that pregnant women wait to receive IPL until after they’ve given birth. A complimentary consultation with a SkinSpirit expert can determine IPL is right for you.

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Benefits to an IPL treatment include evening out skin color and tone, improving skin texture and leaving behind a radiant complexion. IPL also stimulates collagen, which can rejuvenate the skin from a textural standpoint as well. Clients typically report that their skin looks younger and tighter after treatment.

To see if you’re a good candidate for IPL, we recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation with one of our experts. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation at one of our locations in Burlingame, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Mill Valley, Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Bellevue, Redmond, or Seattle.


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