Intense Pulsed Light Specialist

Amethyst Wellness

Aesthetic Specialists & Preventive Medicine Specialists located in Palm Coast, FL

Intense Pulsed Light Q & A


The natural aging process and repeated sun exposure can damage your skin over time.  Amethyst Wellness in Palm Coast, Fl offers IPL treatments to help restore a more even toned, youthful appearance in as few as 2 to 3 sessions.  IPL stands for intense pulsed light and can treat any part of the body.  IPL treatments effectively reduce various skin discolorations such as age spots, superficial freckles, sun damaged skin and hyperpigmentation.  IPL also improves the appearance of broken capillaries, spider veins, facial redness and rosacea.


Q: Can IPL photo facials reverse sun damage?

A: Yes.  IPL photo facials reverse sun damage and decrease signs of aging by boosting collagen production. IPL photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin.  The light is attracted to the melanin in the sun spots and it brings the color to the surface of the skin where it eventually sloughs off. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within.

Q: Is there downtime after an IPL treatment?

A: IPL photo facials are non-invasive and carry minimal risks. There’s no downtime involved and you can immediately resume your normal activities.  Some dark spots may become darker before they slough off.  Others experience reddening of the skin, like a sunburn which can last from several hours up to a few days.  You may wear make-up during that time.  You also want to avoid too much sunlight for 2-3 weeks as the skin will be more vulnerable to sun damage during this time.   Be sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. 

Q: What’s an IPL treatment like? 

A: The treatment process is simple and takes about 20 minutes.   During the IPL treatment a medical professional applies a cool gel to the treatment area.  You’ll be given protective googles to protect your eyes from the intense light.  The IPL hand piece will be placed on your skin allowing the light rays to penetrate the skin’s surface using precise pulses. Some people might experience mild to moderate discomfort like a rubber band being snapped against skin.

Q: How many treatments are required?

A: Some people see results after the first treatment.  Others require 3 or more treatments to see full results.  The skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.