What Is An IPL Treatment?

Have you been struggling with unwanted brown spots or redness? Men and women alike deal with this often. IPL treatment can help treat both. An IPL treatment, or intense pulsed light treatment,  works to target brown and red pigment to improve your complexion. With the first session, you will start to see changes in your skin. 

Learning About IPL Treatment

If you have been struggling to feel confident in your skin, find a solution today. This may be the procedure you have been searching for. At O’Neill Plastic Surgery Aesthetic and Laser Center, we can help you schedule your first IPL treatment today. Before you decide, we want to provide you with the information you need to make the choice for yourself. 

What is it? 

IPL treatment is a form of light therapy. The Cynosure IPL technology uses optimal wavelengths of light to target certain chromophores in the skin to improve color, correct sun damage, correct uneven skin pigment, and eliminate unsightly facial vessels. Without going through an invasive procedure, you can experience the effects of intense pulsed light.

Who should get it?

An IPL treatment is for anyone looking to achieve the skin of their dreams. When you go in for a consultation, your specialist will look over your skin and explain how the process works. It is important to share previous skin history and conditions with your specialist to ensure proper healing. 

What should I expect?

During the procedure, wavelengths of light are sent to specific areas of the skin to restore a more youthful appearance and eliminate or reduce those problem spots. Your medical professional will rub a cool gel onto your skin. Then, the light is pulsed on the skin. Your eyes are protected by goggles or laser/ pulsed light eye shields. The treatment can feel like a rubber band on the skin. 

This minimally invasive procedure only takes 30 minutes to complete. Afterward, patients typically experience minimal discomfort and redness. It is easy to return to your normal routine after the procedure. Some patients have said they feel a similar sensation to that of a sunburn, but we offer cooling and calming comfort options post-treatment. The before, during, and after treatment, instructions will be reviewed with you before the treatment occurs.  

Are there any risks? 

As is the case with any medical procedure, there are potential risks. Redness and swelling typically dissipate after a day or two. However, in rare cases, you may experience blistering, bruising, change in skin color, or infection. If you begin to notice any of these changes in your skin after the procedure, it is important to contact your provider to ensure they can provide the proper care for you.


Take control of your skin goals today! IPL treatment is a great procedure to treat multiple issues with your skin. With this information, you can start to decide if this is something that works best for you. Are you interested in booking a consultation? O’Neill Plastic Surgery is here to help you schedule it. Check out our website or give us a call at (843) 881-2130 for more information.

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About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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