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Key Laser

Center for Cosmetic Regenerative Medicine®

IPL – Intense Pulsed Light

Brighten your beauty


IPL - Anti-Aging and Skin Improvement

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL
) or Broad Band Light (BBL) is one of the oldest and most popular treatments in laser medicine. IPL is a non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging and pigmentation treatment. Like the name suggests, it pulses the skin with an intense light similar to a laser, but with a lower intensity. 

IPL therapy is is effective for skin imperfections such as:

  • brown spots;
  • redness; 
  • rosacea; 
  • melasma; 
  • pigment blotchiness; and
  • broken blood vessels. 

As an added bonus, IPL promotes luster, brightness and clarity of the skin, subtly stimulating healthier, younger looking skin.

How it Works

IPL diagram

The light energy in IPL is absorbed by the pigment in the skin and the heat that’s generated damages or destroys the structure that holds the color. The treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing process to shed damaged, unwanted cells. IPL brings about more clarity and evenness in tone. 

What you can expect:

  • Although you can choose individual treatments, we usually recommend a package of three sessions, 3-4 weeks apart for maximum effectiveness and skin clarity.
  • Our trained providers will apply numbing cream to the area prior to treatment to make your experience more comfortable.
  • After the treatment you may experience some swelling or redness and some subtle shedding of brown spots for a few days.
  • Brown spots will darken over the next few days, then lighten and shed. 
  • You’ll need to stay out of the sun or UV rays for several days following your treatment. It’s a good idea to always wear good sunblock and avoid excessive UV exposure prevent more signs of aging. 
  • Results include a more even skin tone and a brighter glow, 
  • The improvement from even 1 IPL treatment is visible within one week.

Why choose Key Laser for IPL?

IPL treatments are widely available at medspas and other clinics. Do your research and choose carefully. Any provider you choose should have responsible physician supervision. We often see, firsthand, the negative consequences from poorly performed IPL treatments by minimally-trained staff at clinics without expertise. As with any laser or light treatment, it is important to choose well-trained medical providers. Dr. Douglas Key is an internationally recognized industry leader and his published works and research have helped shape the field of cosmetic laser medicine. Every practitioner at Key Laser is highly skilled and trained in the best skin treatment techniques.

As a medical expert, Dr. Key often weighs in on questions about treatments on RealSelf. Click here to read Dr. Key's answer regarding IPL safety.

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