What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment?

What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment?

Are age spots, freckles or even rosacea distressing you each time you look in the mirror? Then, why not ask dermatologists Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, and Dr. Sarah Grekin at Dawson Dermatology about IPL treatments? In their Honolulu, HI, office, they perform comfortable Intense Pulsed Light services for adults who want a clear, refreshed look quickly, safely and easily.

Just what is IPL?

IPL instruments utilize many wavelengths of focused light, delivering it to areas of the face, chest, hands and neck which show signs of sun exposure and aging. Additionally, IPL helps individuals control the red rash of rosacea, unsightly spider veins and areas of unwanted hair as well.

These treatments are fully customized to your needs and preferences.

Who can use IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light treatments are very versatile. Some medications make people light-sensitive and therefore prohibit the use of IPL. Your dermatologist will examine your skin, review your medical history and tell you if IPL is right for you.

The in-office treatment

To prepare you for your IPL procedure, you'll wear eye protection and also a cooling, anesthetic cream on the areas to be treated. Then, as you relax, the doctor will use the IPL device to deliver short bursts of light directly to your skin.

You likely will feel just a mild sensation like a rubber band snapping on your skin. Most individuals need repeat treatments for maximum effectiveness--typically, three to six at one-month intervals.


You can resume your normal activities right away. However, expect some minor puffiness, redness and flaking. Additionally, wear a moisturizer and sunscreen each and every day.

Are you ready for a new look?

If you are, then call Dawson Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Dawson, Dr. Chun or Dr. Grekin. They'll be happy to explain all your options and compose a treatment plan just right for your skin, health and personal goals. IPL treatment may be part of it! Please phone us at (808) 599-3780.

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