Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment Specialist

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC -  - Dermatologist

Herndon Dermatology

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Herndon, VA & Falls Church, VA

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is a breakthrough skin treatment that successfully reduces the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, rosacea, freckles, and more. Dr. Anh P. Dang-Vu utilizes the latest technology to give patients the best results at Herndon Dermatology in Herndon and Falls Church, Virginia. Give your skin a rejuvenating glow with the power of light that evens out your skin tone and softens your complexion. Schedule your IPL online or call Herndon Dermatology.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment Q & A

What is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy?

Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is a photo-rejuvenation treatment that works for many skin conditions. IPL technology uses multiple wavelengths of light to correct sun-damaged skin on the hands, neck, chest, and face.

IPL is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that involves the use of precise, high-intensity pulses of light.

IPL can be used to treat:

  • Acne
  • Scarring
  • Rosacea
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Lines and wrinkles

What can I expect during my intense pulsed light therapy?

During your treatment, your Herndon Dermatology specialist applies anesthetic cream around 30-60 minutes before your procedure to make the process more comfortable for you. You wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the light.

Using the IPL handpiece, your Herndon specialist then delivers the pulses of light over your skin. Some patients describe it as a mild, tolerable, stinging sensation that’s similar to a rubber band lightly snapping on your skin.

The treatments typically only take around 20-30 minutes, depending on the treatment area, and most patients require around three to six treatments for optimal results.

The treatments must be spaced about one month apart.

What can I expect after my IPL therapy?

After your IPL treatment, you might experience mild redness of the treatment area, but this should subside within a few days. Some brown spots might even appear darker before peeling off a few days later.

If you’d like, you can apply makeup directly after your treatment.

It’s important that you protect your skin following the procedure and allow it to heal properly. Follow your Herndon skin specialist’s advice and protect your skin with recommended daily sunscreens and sensitive skin cleansers and moisturizers.

After about one week, you can resume your normal skincare routine. The results of IPL are long-lasting, but nothing can stop the aging process, and sun damage can still occur — many patients return for a maintenance touch-up treatment once or twice a year.

Learn more about IPL and get your customized treatment plan at your consultation. Visit the Herndon Dermatology team for the highest standard of dermatological care. Click to schedule online or pick up the phone and call one of the two offices in Herndon and Falls Church, Virginia.


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