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Intense Pulsed Light

Whether it’s rosacea or sunspots, having hyperpigmentation can make you want to hide your skin. Fortunately, Dr. Eric Jorgenson, ND, and his team at New Day Aesthetic Medicine can help eliminate pigment issues with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.

IPL, or intense pulsed light, therapy uses light energy to reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation and the signs of aging. ​IPL therapy uses multiple wavelengths of light to penetrate the second layer of your skin without causing any damage to the surrounding tissue. It’s safe and effective all over the body but does work better on smooth surfaces.

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How Does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Work?

Your IPL therapy begins with skin preparation. After cleansing your skin, Dr. Jorgenson applies an ultrasound gel, which keeps your skin safe and comfortable during the treatment. The New Day Aesthetic Medicine practice’s IPL equipment also features a cutting-edge integrated cooling plate to minimize discomfort.

Dr. Jorgenson will provide eye shields to protect your eyes from the intense light. He then uses the IPL handheld device to apply the light energy directly to your treatment area. Though every treatment is different, IPL therapy sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. Dr.Jorgenson recommends three to six treatments scheduled about one month apart to give you the best results possible.

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Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

  • Addresses multiple issues in one treatment
  • Reduces the appearance of acne and acne scars
  • Prevents premature skin aging
  • Quick and convenient

IPL therapy has shown effective to minimize the appearance of:

  • Liver/Age spots
  • Sunspots
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Acne scars
  • Unwanted facial hair
  • Discolorations (hyperpigmentation)
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) FAQ

In preparation for your IPL therapy, check your skin for any issues that could impact the treatment, such as eczema or an acne breakout.

Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning beds for at least one month prior to treatment, the presence of a tan can increase the risk of burns or unwanted pigment changes from the treatment. Topical medications containing vitamin A (retinols), and medications that increase your risk of bleeding should be stopped two weeks before the appointment unless otherwise specified by your doctor.

Because IPL is non-ablative and doesn’t damage your skin, you can return to your normal daily activities after Dr. Jorgenson completes your IPL therapy. Your skin may look and feel like it has a slight sunburn, which could remain sensitive for a few days.

Interested in Learning More About Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) at New Day Aesthetic Medicine?

If you live in or near Hood River, Oregon, and want to improve the look and coloring of your skin, consider an IPL treatment at New Day Aesthetic Medicine. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

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