Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

The intense pulsed light treatment, also called an IPL treatment or a photofacial, is performed at our Bountiful dermatology office by our trained staff members. This light therapy restores your face’s natural beauty by diminishing the effects of aging and weather damage and replacing it with smooth and youthful skin.

The IPL laser can also be used on other parts of the body including the hands, neck, or chest. The most commonly treated areas are those exposed to direct sunlight, causing sun damage, brown spots, broken capillaries, and other imperfections. IPL therapy is used to dramatically improve the appearance of skin without damage.

Which skin concerns can be managed with IPL therapy (photofacial)?

IPL therapy at Ogden Clinic Bountiful is used to treat:

  • Age spots

  • Birthmarks and acne scars

  • Freckles caused by the sun

  • Symptoms of rosacea like redness and flushing

  • Spider veins

IPL therapy penetrates below the surface of the skin leaving the top layer of skin intact. For this reason, there is no post-treatment recovery period. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in the visible vessels, and converted to heat. That heat dissolves the cells that create the pigment and shrinks the vessels.

Preparation and Aftercare

A topical anesthetic gel is applied to the area treated to reduce discomfort. Your Ogden Clinic dermatologist will determine the best IPL setting for your skin, then protect your eyes with coverings. The IPL handpiece is gently applied and pulses of light are emitted across the problem area. There is no recovery time following IPL therapy at Ogden Clinic.