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Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy Specialist

Harlan L. South, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center

Harlan L. South, MD

Internal Medicine & Age Management Physician located in San Francisco, CA

Sun damage, facial flushing, hyperpigmentation: all these conditions become more prevalent as we age and our skin becomes less flexible. There are lifestyle changes a person can implement to protect their skin: staying out of the sun, refraining from smoking, using moisturizer. But sometimes, a bigger boost is necessary. That’s where Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy comes in. This technique, similar to laser skin rejuvenation, uses a broad spectrum of light to enhance skin quality. It’s one of many techniques we offer at Premier Wellness and Aesthetics Center to fight the symptoms of aging.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy Q & A

How IPL Works

If you’ve ever gotten laser skin treatment, the basic outline of IPL therapy will be familiar to you. The doctor runs a handpiece over your skin while you lie comfortably. The process only takes a few minutes. The difference lies in what type of light the handpiece is emitting.

Lasers typically use a single wavelength of light, which is modulated for a certain condition. IPL, however, uses many wavelengths, and each can be individually calibrated to target a different condition. IPL allows for more general skin rejuvenation than a single laser.

IPL is great for treating mild skin irregularities, such as sun damage or hyperpigmentation, which are spots of skin darker than your normal skin tone. The broad spectrum of light targets this irregular pigment and causes it to break down and be reabsorbed by the body. Within a few weeks, your spots will disappear, and clearer, fresher skin will take their place.

If you’re frustrated by spots on your skin, know that a solution is available. Ask about IPL therapy at your next visit and we’ll discuss the next steps.