Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Specialist

Medical Cosmetics of Connecticut

Medical Spa & Aesthetic Specialists located in Northeastern Connecticut, North Grosvenor Dale, CT

Signs of aging like sun damage, brown spots, and spider veins are all treated using intense pulsed light (IPL). Dr. Nita Chatterjee and Dr. Arabinda Chatterjee at Medical Cosmetics of Connecticut provide IPL treatments using the advanced technology of the Cutera® xeo® platform. The IPL system effectively eliminates hyperpigmented areas and rejuvenates your skin by stimulating collagen synthesis. To learn more about IPL, schedule a free consultation by calling the office in North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut or using online booking.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Q & A

What is IPL?

IPL devices deliver intense pulses of light using a range of wavelengths and varying pulse durations. Since the wavelength determines the therapeutic effect, the IPL’s ability to utilize several wavelengths means Dr. Chatterjee can target multiple skin problems during one treatment.

Which skin problems are treated with IPL?

IPL treatment is often called a photofacial or photorejuvenation because it refreshes your skin by eliminating unwanted pigmentation and redness. An IPL photofacial may be the best option if you want to diminish any of the following:

  • Age spots, sun spots, brown spots, freckles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Spider veins
  • Rosacea
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Besides improving skin hyperpigmentation, an IPL photofacial also tightens and strengthens your skin.

The Cutera xeo IPL can heat deep layers of your skin, which stimulates collagen synthesis. As new collagen replaces your existing outer layer of skin, fine lines and wrinkles are diminished, and you gain strong, resilient skin.

How does IPL therapy eliminate skin problems?

The IPL device treats skin discolorations using wavelengths that are absorbed by pigments in your blood vessels and hyperpigmented skin, such as brown spots and acne.

As these pigments, called chromophores, absorb light energy, they’re heated enough to destroy the cells. Blood vessels coagulate and collapse, while pigmented tissues in a brown spots break apart into small pieces. Your body naturally carries away the debris, which permanently eliminates the targeted tissues.

What should you expect during and after treatment?

The Cutera xeo IPL has advanced contact cooling technology that keeps your skin comfortable throughout your treatment. The smooth surface of the device is placed against your skin, a pulse of light hits the treatment area, then the process is repeated to cover all hyperpigmented areas.   

Your photofacial may take 30-60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Following your session, you may experience minimal redness or slight swelling, but these side effects shouldn’t last long.

Most patients need several treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Dr. Chatterjee can explain the details of your treatment -- the number of IPL sessions you’ll need and when you’ll see results -- after examining your skin.

If you want to consider IPL treatment to fight sun damage and signs of aging, call Medical Cosmetics of Connecticut or use online booking to schedule a free consultation.