West Vancouver IPL Photorejuvenation with Dr. Shadan Kabiri

We all want to see our best selves in the mirror. When sun damage, broken capillaries, enlarged pores and more start trespassing on our reflection, self-esteem can take a hit.

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is one of the most advanced solutions to treat discoloration and irregular pigmentation. It sends pulses of light deep into the skin to remove damaged cells. After a series of five treatments spaced three to four weeks apart, your skin will undergo an astounding transformation from spotted and dull to clear and youthful.

If you have questions about IPL and your skin, feel free to call Dr. Kabiri at 604-925-1301.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Skin?

Intense pulsed light technology, or IPL, sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light, treating a range of skin conditions simultaneously. More affordable and involving less downtime than lasers, IPL is often an entry-level treatment for people moving beyond lotions and home remedies to clinical solutions.

Best Treatment Areas for IPL

Though you might hear some people refer to IPL as a “photofacial,” it can refine and rejuvenate the skin on any place on the body.

Neck and Chest



What Are the Benefits of IPL?

IPL offers several notable advantages for you to consider, including:


  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Minimized pore size
  • Minimized discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Minimized appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rejuvenated skin that makes you look younger
  • Low risks and minimal recovery time

Who Is a Good Candidate?

IPL treatments are highly customizable. Together, we work out the areas need the most attention. IPL tends to be most effective on white, untanned skin. People taking Accutane should not request IPL until six months after their last dose of the medication. Those with tanned or dark skin risk changing skin pigment noticeably with IPL.

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What Can I Expect During Treatment?

Most patients find IPL treatments tolerable. We determine your pain tolerance in our consultation and take every possible measure to ensure your safety and comfort during your photofacial.

Each session lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area you wish to treat. If you like, you can return to work and your other normal daily responsibilities after your IPL session.

We provide cooling gel or cold compresses to minimize any discomfort you may feel after the treatment.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

In theIn the days after the procedure, you may experience bruising, swelling, crusting and a slightly darker complexion. These temporary effects are no cause for concern and should resolve on their own. Even with such a minimally invasive treatment, your skin will still respond with its normal, healthy, healing process.

We’ll encourage you to avoid the sun as much as possible for at least the first week following your treatment. Application of a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher also helps your skin recover.

Though we will send you home with detailed post-procedure care instructions, there are several general steps you should take to ensure your post-procedure experience goes as smoothly as possible. Knowing what to expect after IPL will help you remember what not to do after your treatment.

  • Don’t take hot showers, hot baths, or go in a hot tub for at least 48 hours.
  • Don’t use any exfoliating products for the first seven days, as these can irritate your skin as it heals.
  • Don’t pick at any crusting or blisters that form.
  • Wait at least two days to exercise or participate in any other strenuous activity.
  • Don’t go outside without sun protection, such as sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Don’t use any skin care products that have harsh chemicals or contain high amounts of vitamin A, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, Retin-A, glycolic acid, and retinoic acid.

IPL: Frequenty Asked Questions

IPL treatments work wonders, but your specific results will depend on what skin conditions you are hoping to address. Many people report significant improvement, especially after a series of sessions with IPL.

Most patients find their skin looks and feels smoother by the second or third week after the first treatment. Coloration may not be as diminished. In fact, freckles and age spots could get darker at first, before fading. Your second treatment leads to a reduction in redness, dark spots, fine lines, and pore size.

To prolong your results, be consistent with your skin care regimen. Sunburns and overexposure will reverse the effects of your treatment, and dullness will return if you neglect regular exfoliation, cleansing, and moisturizing.

Though you may expect to see a marked improvement after only one treatment, most people see the best results from receiving three to six IPL sessions, spaced three weeks apart, followed by maintenance treatments twice a year.

Your best choice for any treatment of this type is to have a medical professional perform it in the comfort of their facility. Advanced Laser Technology & Cosmetic Center is a leading provider of non-surgical skin care solutions in West Vancouver. Our experienced, compassionate staff is second to none in our commitment to providing unparalleled patient-centered care. See beautiful changes in your complexion when you schedule a customizable IPL treatment.

To learn more, call us at 604-925-1301. You can also ask your questions or schedule a consultation via our online form.