IPL Photofacial Intense Pulsed Light

IPL Photofacial, IPL, Intense Pulsed Light Skin Rejuvenation
Non-Surgical Skin Texture Treatment in the San Diego Area

Dr. Palm is a co-author on a study using IPL photofacial technology with topical treatment for melasma. Dr. Palm performs all IPL treatments on her patients. Dr. Palm uses a combination of topical numbing agents, cooled topical gel on the skin, and forced air cooling to improve patient comfort during this procedure. Her offices are in Solana Beach, CA just north of San Diego.

What is IPL? What conditions does IPL treat?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a broad-band light source used to treat a variety of skin conditions including rosacea, sun spots, photodamage, and melasma. IPL targets brown and red discoloration in the skin, and is considered a "no downtime" source of photorejuvenation. IPL is sometimes referred to as a "photofacial."

What IPL does Dr. Palm use?

Dr. Palm uses the latest and most technologically advanced Intense Pulsed Light device, the M22 by Lumenis.  The M22 IPL has 3 filters and multiple settings to address brown spots and red discoloration.  It is efficient and safe in treating a variety of skin types, including tanned and darker skin.  The use of its cooled sapphire tip makes treatment easy, comfortable, safe, and effective at removing sun spots, melasma, sun damage, even pink acne scars.

HOW MANY IPL TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?

A series of treatments is necessary to achieve optimal results. Repeated IPLs have been shown to induce new collagen formation and may improve skin texture. Treatments are typically spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Brown spots will turn darker immediately following treatment and flake off within 5-14 days. Broken blood vessels slowly recede over a period of weeks.

What locations of the body and face are treated with IPL?

IPLs are most commonly performed on the face. However, the neck, chest, arms, and hands are additional areas that have excellent results following treatment. 

IPL treatment in photodynamic therapy (PDT)

IPL treatments may be used as a light source for photodynamic therapy—a treatment PL treatments may be used as a light source for photodynamic therapy—a treatment for precancerous lesions (actinic keratosis), extensive photodamage, and even acne. 

Dr. Palm's expertise with IPL and her approach with patients

Dr. Palm is a co-author on a study using IPL technology with topical treatment for melasma. Dr. Palm performs all IPL treatments on her patients. Dr. Palm uses a combination of topical numbing agents, cooled topical gel on the skin, and forced air cooling to improve patient comfort during this procedure.

If you are interested in IPL as a non-surgical alternative treatment for sunspots, acne, precancerous lesions, and other skin conditions in the San Diego area, call Dr. Melanie Palm at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to schedule your appointment.