IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a cosmetic treatment used to achieve hair removal or reduce redness and pigmentation of the skin. It is a popular choice for both men and women, and it is generally considered to be a painless procedure. However, some patients may experience a mild sensation of discomfort during the treatment. At the start of an IPL treatment, an anesthetic cream is applied to the area being treated to ensure a pleasant and painless experience.
Modern machines also come with a cooling fan that helps to reduce any discomfort. Studies have shown that IPL treatments are not painful, but some patients may experience a brief shooting pain similar to an elastic band hitting them in the face. After the treatment, some patients may experience a mild sunburn on the treated area for several days, while others feel nothing at all. It is important to note that IPL treatments tend to work best for people with lighter skin tones, and multiple sessions may be required before results can be seen.
When undergoing IPL treatments, it is important to talk to a dermatologist about possible benefits, side effects, and complications. After the third session, many patients report feeling more radiant and looking younger. The light from the treatment does not damage the upper layers of the skin, making it less harmful than laser treatments. Results may take up to several weeks to become visible.