Intense pulsed light (IPL), also referred to as an IPL Photofacial, is a treatment that uses light energy to remove uneven patches of red or brown from the skin.  The clusters of pigment cells and damaged blood vessels that produce these undesirable patches are the result of sun, stress, rosacea, and the aging process.

There is a tremendous variation in the power and effectiveness of IPL machines.  They run the gamut from relatively weak machines at salons and day spas to much more powerful and effective machines that can only be used in a medical setting.  To reverse paraphrase Gertrude Stein, an IPL is not an IPL is not an IPL.

Even in medical IPL machines there is quite a variation in the effectiveness and comfort that various technologies offer.

Why is this important to a patient who is considering IPL therapy?  With the most advanced IPL machines each treatment will remove more of the undesirable brown and red and fewer treatment sessions will be necessary to reach a desired outcome.  These are important considerations in people with busy personal and professional lives.

At the Whole Beauty Institute® we are pleased to offer our patients Enhanced IPL PhotoFacials™. The Palomar Icon® platform is the latest and most advanced technology from the company that developed and patented the IPL process.  Since investing in this technology we have found that each treatment is more effective and fewer total treatments are necessary.

We couple the power of the Icon device with our enhanced oxygen facials to provide our patients with Enhanced IPL.  Our technology uses hyperbaric oxygen to deliver soothing hyaluronic compounds to the skin. The net effect is a powerful therapy that leaves the skin cool, hydrated, and refreshed.

Contact The Whole Beauty® Institute

Our clinical team will be happy to provide you with additional information about the Enhanced IPL process.  For information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact us at 312/751-2112 or email us at