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IPL Treatment FAQ


Vista Dermatology offers intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). It treats a number of skin conditions in simple, painless ways — with no downtime!

Is IPL right for you? Here are answers to some questions you may have.

What types of aesthetic concerns can be addressed with this treatment?

  • Acne: IPL treatments can help improve the appearance of red blemishes, irregular pigmentation and skin tone.
  • Aging skin: IPL treatments can help address dark spots, freckles, age spots, uneven pigmentation and diffuse redness.
  • Vascular lesions: IPL can be used to treat port wine stains, broken capillaries, diffuse redness, hemangiomas and cherry angiomas.
  • Brown spots and capillaries: IPL can remove pigmentation and reduce the size of capillaries to lessen redness.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the area and nature of what you’re having treated and may also depend on your skin type. The staff at Vista Dermatology will tell you how many treatments are expected.

What can IPL do for sun-damaged skin?

It makes your skin look clear and bright by delivering short bursts of light that directly target the blood vessels or melanin within your skin.

How long before my vascular lesions vanish?

Smaller vessels can disappear immediately after treatment. Larger ones fade away more gradually over the next few weeks.

On which areas of the body can IPL reduce brown spots and capillaries?

IPL is effective for minimizing these conditions on the face, neck, chest, and tops of hands.

How does the acne treatment work?

Acne occurs when your sebaceous glands overproduce an oily substance called sebum. When extra sebum gets trapped in your hair follicles, your skin can become irritated — leading to the appearance of pimples on your face. Left untreated, some types of acne can cause permanent scarring. With IPL, only the blood vessels that supply the sebaceous gland are impacted, while the surrounding vessels are not affected.

Do you think IPL is right for you? Contact us for a consultation.




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