Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a treatment similar to laser resurfacing in that it uses light to treat skin problems, particularly pigmentation problems, and rejuvenate the complexion.

However, instead of a highly focused, single wavelength, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths, delivered in brief pulses. This light helps the skin in two ways.

First, the wavelengths in IPL absorb excessive pigment in the skin (reds and browns) to restore a more even complexion. To a lesser degree, IPL stimulates collagen production to improve overall skin tone. IPL is a non-ablative treatment (no skin is removed during treatment), and typically requires little to no downtime.

What skin concerns can IPL treat?

IPL is marketed under many different names, including BBL (broad band light), photofacial, and photorejuvenation.

However, while individual treatment platforms vary somewhat in their specifications, all use a broad-wavelength intense pulsed light technology—the skill of your provider makes a bigger difference in your treatment than the brand name of the treatment.