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Dr. Eric Berg Talks About Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Jeune Skin Care e-Newsletter (October 2008)


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Dr. Eric Berg, Dermatology and Skin, Transformations Plastic Surgery, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Eric Berg, MD

Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL) is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation procedures offered at UW Health Transformations, located on the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin, in Middleton.
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For those that are looking for a way to rejuvenate and improve facial skin tone or the visible signs of aging, IPL is a great option.
What is Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL?
IPL is "Intense Pulsed Light" that's delivered to the skin by a hand piece. Small areas of skin are treated at a time, as the hand piece is moved across the treatment area. A special light in the hand piece flashes, and the light is directed at the skin through special filters. The filters allow the treatments to be tailored to address different "targets."
What does IPL treat?
Intense Pulsed Light can be used to treat the following issues:
  • Sun Damage

    Sun damage is the most common reason that the treatment is requested. Treatment of sun damage with Intense Pulsed Light is often referred to as photorejuvenation. IPL treatments for the brown blotches, sun spots and dull skin tone caused by aging and sun exposure can give dramatic improvement – restoring a more youthful, bright complexion with a nice, more even tone. The most commonly requested areas for photorejuvenation are the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
  • Facial Redness and Spider Veins (often associated with rosacea)

    IPL targets the tiny, superficial unwanted blood vessels that cause facial redness and spider veins. The unwanted vessels are gently damaged by the treatment, causing them to gradually fade.
  • Unwanted Hair

    IPL is very good for reduction of unwanted hair, especially if the hair is dark. The Intense Pulsed Light hair removal treatments can be done on most body areas.

Who is a good candidate for IPL?


Good candidates for Intense Pulsed Light include anyone with lots of sun damage that is giving them brown age spots or blotches, and a complexion that has lost its brightness. Anyone with facial redness and spider veins are also possible candidates for this procedure. Those looking for reduction of unwanted hair, especially dark hair, would likely benefit from IPL treatments, as well.


IPL will not treat wrinkles, although the treatments may result in some improvement in fine lines. IPL will not treat sagging skin. At UW Health Transformations, we offer a variety of other non-surgical Cosmetic Laser Services for Wrinkles, including fractional laser, fractional infrared light, and Rhytec Portrait plasma skin regeneration. Botox® and Filler injections also are also offered as non-surgical options for treatment of wrinkles.


What can I expect from IPL?


The IPL treatments are done at our state of the art clinic on the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin, in a pleasant environment. An initial consultation with one of our UW Health Transformations physicians will allow us to gain an understanding of your concerns. We then provide you with treatment options and price quotes. In order to achieve the best results, we usually recommend a package of treatments, spaced about a month apart.


No anesthesia is needed for IPL, and the treatments are generally well tolerated. The average treatment time is 30 minutes or less. There is usually mild redness on the treated area for a couple of hours afterwards. The results are not seen immediately, but appear gradually over weeks and months.


With Intense Pulsed Light treatments, there truly is no "down time," nor any need for bandaging. Many people come in for the treatment and then return to work immediately afterwards. The treatments are safe, fast and comfortable.


There are lots of places that offer IPL - why should I come to Transformations for it?


UW Health Transformations is a very special place, staffed by a wide range of University of Wisconsin physicians who are well trained in the cosmetic (and non-cosmetic) areas of their specialty. Your initial consultation will be with one of these doctors.


At Transformations, the IPL treatments are done by a doctor. All of this helps give you confidence that you will be given the best advice, and that you will be under the care of an expert. Hair removal is done by our professionally-trained Jeune Skin Care Medical Aestheticians, under the direct on-site supervision of a physician.


At UW Health Transformations, we also offer a much wider range of services than is usually found at most places that offer IPL or laser treatments. Our board-certified plastic surgeons offer a full complement of cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic and laser treatment options in a caring, discreet environment.


Specialists at UW Health Transformations also include dermatologists, ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons and otolaryngologists. Meet Our Cosmetic Doctors and Other Providers


Interested in IPL or other Transformations services?