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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment

Laser And Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatments are used to remove discoloration and/or improve skin elasticity issues. IPL is similar to a laser treatment. However, a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths, making it more scattered and less focused than a laser. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to the skin.


For reference, a premium clinic in Chicago is charging $400 per treatment for both IPL and BBL.

Some patients may opt to have more than one area treated or to retreat an area more than once. Prices may be based on the total number of treatments received, the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, time and effort the procedure requires, and your geographic location.

Recovery & Downtime

You should be able to go right back to your regular activities. The treated area of skin will be red and sensitive for a few hours, as if you got sunburned. Your skin may be slightly swollen, too. Your skin will continue to be sensitive for a couple of days after the procedure. You may need to avoid using hot water on it until your skin heals.

Best For

IPL is not recommended for people who tend to get thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones.
Discuss with your provider your general health status, pre-existing health conditions, and current lifestyle choices for likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications.

Potential Side Effects

Most people experience mild redness or swelling after the procedure. This typically fades within a day or two.
In some cases, patients may experience bruising, blistering, change in skin color, and infection.


IPL, M22®, or similar to IPL, BBL treatments such as Forever Clear® BBL Hero, and more. Different brands and manufacturers may vary in treatment approaches and their intended results.

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