How Many IPL Treatments Are Needed Before I See Results?

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For patients with dark spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and other complexion problems, concealing these concerns can be a daily chore, and it’s often impossible to achieve the even skin tone they desire with makeup alone. At Clear Lake Dermatology, our experienced team understands the frustration you may be experiencing due to pigmentation problems and is proud to offer intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy with the revolutionary Lumenis M22® system as a solution for achieving the dramatic and long-lasting results you deserve. Learn more about what to expect with your IPL treatment at Clear Lake Dermatology — serving patients in Webster, League City, and beyond — including how many IPL photofacials you may need and how often you can undergo this exciting treatment.

What is IPL for the skin?

IPL, also referred to as a photofacial, is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment that is noninvasive and often used to improve pigmentation problems and other common skin concerns on the face and neck. During an IPL photofacial, intense wavelengths of light are delivered to the skin’s surface and work to heat the deeper layers of tissue, encouraging cell regeneration and turnover, collagen production, and more. This process ultimately forces pigmented lesions and other imperfections to rise to the surface of the skin and flake away, revealing a clearer, healthier-looking, more glowing new complexion.

What does IPL help with?

Some of the most popular skin problems that can be addressed and improved with photofacial therapy include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Brown spots
  • Sun damage and sun spots
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Flushing
  • Melasma
  • Visible pores
  • Rough skin texture

While IPL is versatile and can help to improve a wide range of concerns, it is often considered most beneficial for pigmentation and tone-related issues.

How many photofacials will I need for hyperpigmentation?

The number of IPL treatments you’ll require will depend on individual variables, including your specific types of skin concerns, the severity of your concerns, your overall skin type and health, your desired level of improvement, and others. On average, we typically recommend a series of 3 – 6 IPL photofacial treatments to help achieve an optimal outcome. After this initial round of treatment, routine maintenance — or “touch-up” — treatments can be used to keep your skin looking its best over the long term.

How often can I get a photofacial?

For your initial round of 3 – 6 photofacial sessions, we may recommend spacing treatments about one month apart. After this, patients may choose to have IPL photofacials at regular intervals of 1, 3, 6, or even 12 months based on their specific concerns, goals, and other factors. To keep your skin fresh and beautiful between IPL photofacials, it is important to avoid sun exposure, keep the skin moisturized, abstain from smoking, and adhere to a proper skin care regimen as recommended by our knowledgeable team.

Get the glow-up you deserve with IPL photofacial therapy in the Greater Clear Lake area

Don’t let your dull, discolored skin keep you from looking and feeling your best any longer. Start your journey toward clearer, more radiant skin today by scheduling your treatment or consultation at Clear Lake Dermatology, conveniently serving the Greater Bay Area. We look forward to helping you love your complexion and regain confidence with an IPL photofacial in Webster or League City, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.