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Update: IPL treatment

April 8, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
Last week I reported on a friend's IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment (with, it must be admitted, a smidge of schadenfreude). Happily for her (and my conscience), she has started to notice some positive results.

The dark spots that, initially, got darker have now lightened, but they haven't yet faded entirely. The fine lines around her eyes have diminished somewhat and the broken capillaries around her nose are completely gone.

She is now thinking that IPL did more for her skin than she realized and may give it a second go at the end of the summer.
  • February 21, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Maria, no she didn't go back for a second treatment. Regarding the "radiowaves", I am thinking that she was referring to radio frequency. This is not the same as IPL. You can read about it here:

  • February 20, 2014

    by Maria

    hi Marta - just one more thing: would it be possible to ask your friend for an update on her experience and post it here? The results show one month after the treatment and since I had 2 treatments, after the first one I was fairly satisfied or else I wouldn't have had the 2nd. So I'm curious if she had just one session or more than one and what her results were.
    thank you.

  • February 20, 2014

    by maria

    Hi Marta -- another update on IPL: the woman who did my treatment used Radiowaves and I still don't know if Radiowaves are an integral part of IPL or if it's something completely different. I'm trying to find out because Radiowaves are apparently like Microwaves and would not be good for the skin! She called it IPL but she also said she uses Radiowaves so I'm not sure what to think. I'm seeing a laser specialist next week, just hoping to get to the bottom of it.
    Thanks for your interest.

  • December 2, 2013

    by maria

    Thank you Marta! I've been treating my skin very well for the last year + since the IPL. I use CE Ferulic during the day, retinol at night, sometimes glycolic at night too -- and always spf30 during the day. I still get compliments on my skin but the IPL did definitely cause grooves around my eyes and I'm afraid it caused some slackness also. Throat area is getting wrinkly (but I've heard botox is good for this...) Anyway I'm trying to look forward instead of back and hope for the best. I'm hoping the damage is not still underneath ready to keep creeping to the surface. I'm seeing another Dermatologist (have seen 2 in the past) next week to see if she knows anything for sure. Thanks again!

  • November 24, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Maria, I am very sorry to hear about your experience. I have not tried IPL, but I have tried to do some research on the issue of whether it causes fat to melt. IPL is mostly - and most effectively - used for surface skin damage, such as targeting age spots and evening out skin tone. It is less effective at removing wrinkles. At normal settings, IPL should not penetrate to the level of fat cells and melt them. It would have to become very hot to do this. Typically, if the IPL is too hot it causes discoloration of the skin (age spots look even darker). However, it may be that your procedure was conducted at levels even higher.

    I have found some potentially helpful resources. Such as <a href="" rel="nofollow">IPL And Laser Supoort</a> And there is <a href="" rel="nofollow">another forum</a> where people with similar issues share advice. You may be able to talk to people with similar experiences and get advice on how your skin can best recover from this experience:

    Good luck.

  • November 23, 2012

    by maria

    Marta! Have you had IPL? I am frantic because after 2nd treatment I have deep grooves around eyes and wrinkles like never before. Online forum of women are saying that it melts the fat under the skin and can cause all kinds of problems. They say the bad results can keep on getting worse with time. I am so scared now - please help if you know anything

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