How many sessions of IPL do I need?
Do you feel insecure about port wine stains or unwanted skin discolorations? Is your skin lackluster or marked with fine lines or acne scars? Photorejuvenation, or intense pulsed light treatments (IPL), may help you achieve better-looking skin. For those wishing to polish the overall texture of their skin, Dr. Yael Halaas offers Palomar Icon Aesthetic System IPL in NYC.
Let’s look at what IPL can do for you and how many sessions you can expect.
IPL is a skin resurfacing treatment
Intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) uses high-intensity light to address specific skin imperfections–including:
- Facial hyperpigmentation and discolorations, such as rosacea, melasma, freckles, and sun and age spots
- Superficial vascular blemishes
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Spider veins
Here are some other examples of what IPL can do for you:
- Precise laser skin resurfacing
- Advanced laser hair removal safe for darker skin tones
- Reduced pigmented areas on the chest, arms, and hands
- Removal of fine hair
- Improved textural irregularities
- Efficient treatments can be done on a lunch break
- Well-tolerated, with little to no patient discomfort and minimal risk
- Dramatic, long-lasting results with no downtime
- Increased collagen production
- Customizable treatments
You’ll need 3-5 IPL sessions for the best results
Treatment lasts between twenty minutes and one hour. Achieving optimal results may take more than one treatment, depending on your skin condition and goals. While you’ll likely notice an immediate improvement, Dr. Halaas recommends 3-5 IPL treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart for best results.
Each treatment builds upon the next one and allows gradual treatment. Each session reaches pigmentation and blood vessels at different depths of the skin so that with each treatment, we can target a specific area.
Because skin cells turn over about every 30 days, we want to give the skin enough time to recover and return to its normal state before treating it again. Spacing the treatments too far apart leads to patients not completing their IPL series, which means they won’t realize as many benefits and results.
After your treatment, you may experience the following:
- A sensation similar to a sunburn, such as itching, swelling, or redness
- You will notice the pigmented areas you targeted getting darker
- The pigmented areas will rise and flake off as the healthy new skin underneath is revealed
During this time, you can continue with your regular activities, including makeup application. Do not pick at flaky areas; allow them to fall off naturally. Once the healing is complete, the new skin underneath will continue to improve, with final results appearing within two weeks.
Let Dr. Halaas rejuvenate your skin with IPL
Double board-certified in the most selective field by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Halaas is the number one female facial plastic surgeon in NYC. She and her highly skilled registered nurses and aestheticians have been featured in the national and international press for their sought-after treatments, such as the IPL Photofacial. They are also a firm favorite of many influencers and celebrities. Their decades of experience and top-quality results make them the leading facial plastic surgery practice in NYC and one of the premier medical practices nationwide for laser treatments.
You may benefit from intense pulsed light treatments if your skin is uneven due to pigmented areas, visible dilated blood vessels, sun damage, or scarring. Dr. Halaas will evaluate your skin and determine whether photo rejuvenation can help you improve the overall quality of your skin. Contact her Manhattan office to schedule a consultation.