Frequently Asked Questions
Can IPL treat melasma?
IPL is typically not used for melasma and in our practice we typically utilize PICO lasers. Some peels are helpful for melasma as well.
Does IPL hurt?
Typically intense pulsed light is not painful. Rarely we use numbing cream but most patients tolerate it well.
Does IPL have any downtime?
IPL typically does not have downtime as in traditional redness and erythema since it is light based. Patients may experience browns becoming darker and eventually flaking off over a period of days.
Does IPL help wrinkles?
IPL is not the best choice for treating lines but does improve overall tone.
What type of IPL is best?
In our opinion, IPL with Lumecca is the premier IPL for several reasons. First of all, all other IPLs (at least in our research) only block the lower band of light while Lumecca has a second band in which it blocks. This makes Lumecca much more powerful and selective in treating specific skin conditions. Second of all, Lumecca uses specialized xenon light source which helps give it more power than previous models of IPL (hence the term 3rd generation IPL is sometimes quoted). Finally, peak power of most other IPLs is spread throughout other frequencies while Lumecca puts the peak where you want it.
If I have darker skin can I have IPL?
IPL is designed for fairer skin types. PICO laser is most likely a better option.
If I tried a IPL at another location and it was not successful, why would I try it again?
IPL requires the right type of equipment (many med spas use outdated equipment), settings (if the settings are not done properly than less than optimal results can be obtained). Also, some patients may benefit from other lasers as well instead of IPL.
Is IPL effective for laser hair removal?
No, multiple studies show IPL is inferior in laser hair removal.
Is IPL effective in treating bruising?
IPL can be used to help expedite the treatment of bruising.