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After years of simply washing your face and using over-the-counter-products, your skin can begin to show age: veins appear, sun damage is evident, pore size increases, and skin tone is uneven. Improve or reverse these issues with Intense Pulsed Light therapy treatments.

Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL, targets hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles) using lightwaves. The light bypasses the outer layer of skin and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer of skin, the dermis. These cells, called fibroblasts, start to produce more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles. Because our supply of collagen dwindles as we age, this treatment is highly beneficial for facial revitalization, but it can also be used on the neck, chest, hands, and other body parts.


IPL is used for a variety of conditions:

  • Lightens and removes sun spots and brown patches on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other parts of the body.
  • Soothes the redness of rosacea and helps control flushing.
  • Removes and minimizes “broken” blood vessels
  • Improves skin tone because it stimulates collagen
  • Minimizes pore size and fine lines

There is little discomfort or downtime and the benefits are amazing. Treatments take approximately 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Generally, the area is numbed 30 minutes before the treatment begins. The patient wears glasses to protect the eyes. As the hand piece is moved over the face, the pulsing light feels like a series of snaps from a rubber band.  After the treatment, there may be a little swelling and/or redness.


Make an appointment with Dermatology Associates in Tigard to speak with a Provider about IPL today.