Correct Hyperpigmentation, Redness, and Wrinkles in New Jersey


IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light, is a versatile, efficient, and effective treatment for sun spots, freckles, and similar pigmentation issues. IPL at our New Jersey practice can reduce these, as well as improve skin tone and reduce unwanted hair, with just one modality*. The treatment is nonsurgical, so there are no incisions or sutures—and no related recuperation time necessary.

To book a consultation to determine whether IPL at our New Jersey practice may be suitable for you, contact Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care online or by phone at 973-731-9600!

What Is IPL, and How Does It Work?

IPL is referred to by other several names, such as photofacial, fotofacial, and photorejuvenation. But all these terms refer to the same type of treatment. It is a gentle, minimally invasive, and non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation procedure that uses intense pulses of light to penetrate the surface of the skin. Our in-house licensed and trained medical aesthetician administers IPL using a device to carefully target areas to be treated with intense pulses of light energy.

As it works to stimulate the dermis (the deeper, inner layer of the skin) while protecting the epidermis (the outer layer), intense pulsed light accelerates the natural production of collagen in our skin, to make it smooth, supple, and elastic. The treatment causes brown spots to flake away and encourages constriction of the blood vessels, thereby reducing redness in the face.

What Can IPL Treat?

IPL treatment is effective for a range of skin types and can correct a variety of issues, such as:

  • Generally uneven skin tone and texture
  • Unwanted hair
  • Skin discolorations and other pigmented lesions and blemishes, including sun spots, age spots, and freckles

What Side Effects Does IPL Have?

The most common side effects of IPL treatments in New Jersey are redness and/or temporary darkening of brown spots before they flake off. This usually resolves within a few hours to a few days after treatment. In rare cases, mild swelling may also occur for a day or so.

You may be recommended to wait a certain period of time before receiving these treatments if you have recently experienced sunburn or a significant tan in the areas to be treated, as the difference in pigmentation from your regular skin color may impact the effects from intense pulsed light. In cases of significant sun damage, we may also recommend a careful, well thought-out skin care regimen at home, in order to weaken the extra melanin in the skin and maximize the effects from the IPL device.

Additionally, this treatment is not for individuals with naturally darker skin tones, since many have experienced changes in the pigmentation of their skin following a treatment session. A consultation with our aesthetician can establish whether IPL or other treatments at our practice are suitable for you.

Pregnant women must wait until they have given birth and recovered properly to receive IPL, and patients who take isotretinoin medication (such as Accutane) must also wait at least six months after stopping medication to receive these light treatments.

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What Can I Expect During an IPL Treatment Session?

During your treatment session, you will feel a warm sensation as the hand piece passes over your skin. Some patients at our New Jersey practice describe the feeling as a light "snap," similar to one from a rubber band.

Depending on the size of the area being treated and the specific settings used for each patient, the IPL treatment session may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities after a session, as there is little to no downtime associated with these treatments.

However, you may receive aftercare instructions from our team that you must follow to ensure you keep the skin well protected and achieve the best possible results from IPL treatments. It is also essential that you use gentle products on your skin, avoid sun and other UV exposure (such as tanning beds) for a few days post treatment, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen after treatment whenever you are outside.

Patients typically start to observe the benefits of their IPL treatment sessions occurring gradually in the weeks following treatment*. Multiple treatments are often required to maximize the effects of broad- spectrum light energy treatments and achieve the best possible results.

What Body Areas Can Benefit from IPL Treatment in New Jersey?

An IPL photofacial is an obvious application of this treatment, to reduce dark spots and discoloration on the face. But the IPL can also be used elsewhere on the body, such as chest, arms, and shoulders to improve skin tone and color there as well.

Talk to Dr. Deborah Spey and the rest of the team offering IPL treatments in New Jersey to find out more about what the treatment could do for your skin.

Discover the complexion-enhancing benefits of an IPL treatment session in New Jersey. Contact us online or call 973-731-9600 to speak with the skin care specialists at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care.

IPL at a Glance

  • IPL is a treatment used to target specific concerns of the skin, as well as to achieve overall rejuvenation.
  • Short for Intense Pulsed Light, it is a targeted treatment that uses a narrow spectrum of light energy that is administered in a careful and precise manner using a handheld device.
  • The treatment is effective and efficient, while also being minimally invasive and non-surgical in nature.

What Are My Other Options for Skin Care and Rejuvenation in New Jersey?

Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care offers a comprehensive range of both medical and cosmetic dermatologic services.

Our cosmetic dermatology practice includes other light-based treatments, such as laser hair removal, which applies heat from laser energy to damage follicles to disrupt the typical hair growth cycle. Laser skin resurfacing with Fraxel® addresses both the top layer of skin where damage is most visible and deeper layers where collagen stimulation leads to new production of the key element to a healthy, youthful look.

Other energy-delivering treatments are also available, including miraDry®, which uses focused energy to hinder underarm glands' ability to produce sweat, thereby reducing both moisture and odor.

Patients will also find injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic for temporarily smoothing out frown lines and other wrinkles, Kybella® for reducing a double chin without surgery, and soft tissue fillers that can be injected to add volume to the face where collagen loss has caused hollows or creases to form.

Many treatments can be combined, so patients can take advantage of a variety of benefits for an overall improved look. Talk to the Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care team to explain your cosmetic needs and determine which treatments may best deliver the sought-after results.

To learn more about the extensive range of treatments and services at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care and determine which are most appropriate for you, contact our practice by phone at 973-731-9600, or by using our online contact form.