A Solution for Sun Damage: Intense Pulsed Light

I frequently have individuals visit my skin centre for the correction of sun damage, age-related skin conditions and surface imperfections. While there are many skin resurfacing treatments to choose from, when a patient is primarily concerned with skin issues relating to sun exposure, I typically recommend the IPL laser at my Melbourne skin clinic. This treatment can significantly improve the look of brown spots, freckles, or a mottled complexion with 1 to 3 simple sessions.

The Technology

The IPL laser is especially effective for sun damaged skin because it selectively targets and heats the pigmented cells using a high-intensity laser beam. The light beams are filtered through a flash lamp and channeled through the skin’s layers. Unwanted skin cells are destroyed while new skin cells are stimulated in the dermis. Because the IPL laser is non-ablative, it leaves the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) unharmed.


This is a short, in-office procedure than can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. During your session, you may be asked to wear goggles to protect your eyes. You skin is first cleansed and then a cool gel is applied to the treatment area. Using an application wand, your treatment provider will aim the light frequency at specific areas of the skin. Most patients are very comfortable and describe the sensation as a quick pin prick or pinch.

Recovery and Results

There is little to no downtime associated with IPL treatments and you can return to you normal activities immediately. You may notice that your skin is a light pink colour or slightly swollen after the procedure. This is temporary and should resolve within 1 to 3 weeks. Brown spots may also begin to darken, flake off, and fade over this time, as well.

Once your skin has completely healed, you will enjoy smoother, softer skin with fewer pigmentation irregularities. The look of fine lines and wrinkles is also improved and scars or birth marks may also fade with multiple treatments.

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