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European Wellness Cosmedical

MedSpa located in Newport Beach, CA

Skin spots, redness, and sun damage can all ruin an otherwise perfect complexion. If you have these features but prefer smooth, clear skin, Britta Wetteskind, RN, can improve the tone and texture with intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials at European Wellness Cosmedical in Newport Beach, California. For more information about IPL photofacials, call European Wellness Cosmedical, or book an appointment online today.

IPL Q&A

What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a form of light that treats the spots, blemishes, and other imperfections on your skin. IPL isn’t quite the same as laser light, which you can also use to manage your skin. Instead, it’s a bright, scattered light that appears in flashes. 

During a 20-minute IPL photofacial, Britta aims the light at specific areas of your skin that have sun damage, spots, and other features. The light passes through your upper layer of skin to reach the layers beneath the surface. It’s attracted to pigment, so the pigments in your spots and blemishes absorb the light and convert it to heat. The light then breaks the pigment apart and stimulates the production of collagen in the process.

Collagen is a fibrous protein in your skin that helps hold it together. You lose some collagen over time, making your skin weaker and less firm. With new collagen production from an IPL photofacial, your skin stays firmer for longer. 


Which features can IPL treat?

IPL can target and treat an extensive list of common skin features associated with sun exposure, aging, and certain skin conditions. After an IPL treatment from Britta, you’ll see a notable reduction of:

  • Age or sun spots
  • Rosacea
  • Other redness
  • Spider veins
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation

You may also notice that your skin’s texture feels smoother as the treatment replenishes its collagen. 


Which parts of my body can I treat with IPL?

You can treat nearly any part of your face or body with IPL, but most people choose to address areas that see a lot of sunlight. Britta might recommend IPL treatments for your:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Chest

For the most noticeable improvement possible, Britta typically recommends a series of several IPL treatments. Depending on the number of blemishes you have, you might need 3-5 sessions in total.


What happens after my IPL treatment?

Following your IPL treatment, you might see the spots on your skin begin to darken. This is a normal part of the process, and it doesn’t mean your treatment didn’t work. Soon, the dark spots fade again and eventually flake right off of your skin. You’ll see the final result a month or more after your last IPL treatment.

The spots you treated with IPL won’t come back, but your skin might develop new spots over time as you age and get more sun exposure. You can get follow-up treatments at European Wellness Cosmedical as this happens.

To find out if you’re a candidate for an IPL photofacial, book a consultation today by calling the office or requesting one online.