Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light

When you look in the mirror, are you satisfied with your skin? If your answer is “no”, you may be able to benefit from a variety of skincare treatments. One effective treatment option that is great for minimizing age spots, sun damage, redness, and more is intense pulsed light (IPL).

What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a cosmetic treatment that uses light energy to improve the texture and tone of your skin. It is especially effective in treating photoaging, which is visible damage caused by sun exposure over time. IPL is most commonly used to treat the face, neck, chest, or hands.

Overall, IPL can be used to treat:

  • Skin redness
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Uneven skin tone and texture

The IPL Treatment

To begin the IPL treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and a special gel will be applied to your skin. You will be asked to wear special glasses to protect your eyes from the light. Your technician will then press a handheld IPL device to your skin, emitting light pulses. These pulses may feel like a snapping rubber band but should not be overly painful. If you desire, a numbing cream can be applied before treatment starts if you feel you will be sensitive to the light. Treatment usually lasts 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the targeted area.

Who is a Candidate?

Healthy individuals who would like to improve their skin texture and tone may be good candidates for this treatment. IPL is most effective on pale or light brown skin tones. You should not undergo this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have certain active skin conditions, use retinoid cream or Accutane, or are sensitive to light. To learn more about this treatment and if it’s right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.


Following your IPL treatment, your skin may feel as if it’s sunburnt for 4-6 hours. Ice packs can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Your skin may be red or bruised for a couple of days and treated brown spots may get darker before they flake off. While your skin heals, be sure to use moisturizing lotion daily, and apply sunscreen when outdoors.

Most people receive between 3-7 treatment sessions each spaced 2-4 weeks apart. It may take several weeks before changes are noticeable in your skin.

Contact Us

For more information about IPL treatments and how they can benefit you, contact First State MedSpa in Wilmington, DE today. We are dedicated to providing personalized treatments to help make your unique skincare goals a reality.