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Intense pulse light (IPL)

“A light based treatment for redness, sun spots and rejuvenation”

Dr. Ophelia Veraitch, Consultant Dermatologist

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Intense pulse light (IPL)

Quick Stats

Used to Treat

Redness, sunspots, pigmentation


None. Return to activities immediately.



Results Last

Long term improvement in skin

Areas Treated

Face, chest, back, arms, legs

Procedure Time

60 minutes

Why IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has been used effectively and safely to treat a variety of cosmetic skin problems, including skin blemishes, spider veins, skin redness, wrinkles and textural irregularities.

Treating Your Skin Concerns

  • Reducing pigmentation blemishes of aging or sun-damaged skin
  • Camouflaging blood vessels
  • Improving the appearance of wrinkles
  • Reducing pore size
  • Improving textural irregularities
  • Reducing acne scars

How does it work?

During IPL treatment, pulsed light is directed at the skin. The light passes through the outer surface of the skin (the epidermis) and penetrates into the under-carpet of the skin (the dermis). Once in the dermis, the pulsed light energy stimulates a cell called a fibroblast to produce your own new collagen. Over several treatments, this new collagen smoothes and softens the appearance of your wrinkles, pore size and textural irregularities. Using special filters, the IPL can also be used to treat sun damaged skin with pigmentation abnormalities. Vascular blemishes, such as spider veins and rosacea can be lightened and improved.

Your Questions Answered

What happens during the treatment?

The area will be cleansed with a gentle wash to remove all make up and the face will then be washed with an exfoliant wash. While delivering the pulsed light energy to the skin, the skin is kept cool either with the use of a cooling gel or by chilling the light tip in the machine for skin cooling. You will wear goggles during treatment, as pulsed light energy is delivered to the skin.

The strength of the IPL treatment will depend on your skin type and the amount of skin damage you have and will be increased gradually as your skin adapts to the IPL.

What will I notice after treatment?

A mild burning sensation following IPL may last for up to one hour. A cold compress or cold air cooler may be used after treatment if desired. Following IPL treatments there may be a minor degree of redness and puffiness to the skin, with some tingling discomfort that usually disappears in 1-2 hours. Patients vary with their sensation to this discomfort. Some areas may discolour. Brown/ reddish areas of discolouration may turn darker for up to two weeks before they disappear. The skin that has been treated should be handled gently for a few days.

Will I need to have any pre-treatment?

You will be advised to use sunscreens and some patients will use Tretinoin and/or lightening creams before and after treatment. The area to be treated should be free of hair. You should be aware that the hair in the area to be treated may be temporarily or permanently removed.

If you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters in the treated area, an oral anti herpes medicine will be prescribed.

How many treatments will I need?

IPL therapy may require between 3-5 treatments to achieve the maximum skin rejuvenation in each area, ideally three to six weeks apart. It is recommended that you have a maintenance IPL session every 3-6 months after completion of the initial 3-5 treatments to maintain the rejuvenation.

How will I feel during treatment?

Some patients feel discomfort during treatment. Patients report the treatment feels like a rubber band snap. This discomfort may range from mild to moderate and does not last long. If you feel you have a low pain tolerance, a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied for 20 minutes before the treatment is carried out.

What skin types are best for IPL?

Fair skinned and light brown skin. The skin should not be significantly tanned at the time of treatment. Allow your tan to fade before treatment, as the pigment of the tan will absorb some of the pulsed light or laser energy and may cause a skin reaction. If you are using artificial tanning creams, allow these to fade prior to beginning treatment. Use sunscreens following IPL and daily during a course of treatments.

What is the down time?

There is no down time for this treatment. You can return to regular activities immediately.

Why visit Dr. Ophelia for your Morpheus8 treatment?

Dr. Ophelia Veraitch is an award-winning and highly respected Consultant Dermatologist. Specialising in a wide variety of hair and skin conditions, Dr. Veraitch works with every patient individually, working to truly understand the issue at hand, the products and regime a client utilises plus the mental and physical impact this condition has on their daily life. Following a detailed assessment, Dr. Veraitch expertly develops a personalised treatment plan which will help produce results, and ultimately change every one of her patient’s lives for the better.

What are my next steps?

Book a consultation with Dr. Ophelia, who will diagnose your condition and offer treatment options going forward, Click the link below to start the process.

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IPL Prices

Prices start from
£320 per face treatment