Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Jane Smith, MD -  - Phlebologist

VeinCare of Central North Carolina

Jane Smith, MD

Phlebologist & Internist located in Raleigh, NC

If you’re embarrassed by age spots, hyperpigmentation, spider veins, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkling, or unsightly facial hair, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a safe and noninvasive treatment that can help. The IPL probe of the Cutera XEO® improves the appearance of skin on the face, chest, hands, and the body. If you’re ready to feel proud of your skin, contact VeinCare of Central North Carolina to set up a consultation with Dr. Jane Smith, The caring staff at VeinCare serves the Raleigh area, and can be reached by phone or with an online contact form.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Q & A

What is intense pulsed light?

As one treatment provided by the Cutera XEO technology, intense pulsed light (IPL) uses high-intensity flashlamps to create bursts of electrical energy that are directed toward highly pigmented areas of the skin that you wish to fade, or toward follicles of hair that you wish to remove.

The energy levels can be adjusted based on your skin type and the area to be targeted. Intensity will vary depending on whether the energy is used to eliminate hyperpigmentation. 

Dr. Smith, and her staff can use the Cutera XEO™ and its special probe, the IPL device, to treat skin issues. 

At VeinCare of Central North Carolina, Dr. Smith recommends IPL “photofacials” to her patients who would like to remove lesions or wrinkles noninvasively and with minimal discomfort.  

IPL can be used to treat the following skin issues:

  • Age spots, liver spots, and other forms of hyper- or hypopigmentation
  • Spider veins and broken capillaries
  • Rosacea, flushing, or redness
  • Freckles and flat birthmarks
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

What is IPL treatment like?

An IPL session only lasts about 20 to 30 minutes for each treatment area. You may experience a snapping or stinging sensation during the therapy. You will need one to three treatments, spaced about three to four weeks apart. At VeinCare of Central North Carolina, Dr. Jane Smith and her highly trained staff administer IPL treatments.

After your IPL session, your skin may be slightly red or pink. You may experience some slight swelling or discomfort. These can be managed with ice and over-the-counter medications if desired. You can apply makeup and return to your normal activities immediately after your treatment.

How long do the benefits of IPL last?

After exposure to high-intensity light, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. To maintain the quality results of your treatment and to ensure the health of your skin, you should use sun protection every day.

The benefits of IPL can last for many years. Annual touch-ups are recommended to keep your skin looking its best.

If you’re ready to resolve issues such as rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkling, you can contact Dr. Jane Smith for a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for IPL. Call her at VeinCare of Central North Carolina or use the convenient online form.