IPL Treatment

In Chicago


At Impressions Face + Body in Chicago, we believe your skin should glow as brightly as your inner spirit. Our Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment offers a non-invasive path to rejuvenation, targeting and improving various skin concerns under the esteemed direction of Dr. Dayan.

IPL Treatment in Chicago

Rejuvenate your skin with the precision and ease of IPL treatment at Impressions Face + Body, nestled in the heart of Chicago. Our skilled practitioners, led by the expertise of Dr. Dayan, offer a transformative experience that transcends the typical cosmetic procedure.

What is an IPL Laser Treatment?

Our Chicago clinic offers an FDA-approved IPL laser treatment that effectively targets the visible signs of aging. This non-invasive treatment uses broad-spectrum light therapy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother and younger-looking skin. It also addresses specific skin concerns by reducing sun spots, acne scarring, and improving skin texture.

IPL therapy is highly effective in treating various forms of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, sun spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Additionally, it helps to improve signs of aging, such as fine lines, brown spots, broken facial veins, and provides a hydrating effect on the skin.

IPL Treatment Areas

IPL offers a flexible solution for addressing skin concerns across multiple body areas. The treatment is frequently applied to areas regularly exposed to the sun and prone to signs of aging or damage. Common areas for IPL treatment include the face, neck, chest, back, hands, arms, and legs.

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Chicago's Trusted IPL Treatment Specialists

At Impressions Face + Body, our commitment to excellence is evident in each treatment we deliver. Led by the distinguished Dr. Dayan, a dual board-certified titan with over 23 years of dedicated practice, we stand at the forefront of aesthetic innovation. Dr. Dayan, the medical director of the pioneering DeNova Research Center and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois, ensures that Impressions isn't just a clinic—it's a beacon of progress in the cosmetic industry.

What to Expect for Your IPL Treatment Procedure

Whether coupling your treatment with a bespoke plan to enhance your beauty or stepping into Impressions Face + Body for the first time, our team is with you every step of the way.

Your IPL Treatment Consultation

Your journey to revitalized skin begins with a comprehensive consultation to tailor the IPL treatment to your unique needs. During this initial meeting, we will carefully review your medical history to confirm that IPL therapy is a safe and effective option for you. Our experts will walk you through the procedure step by step, discussing what the treatment entails and how it can be customized to address your skin concerns.

We understand that each individual's skin is unique, so we'll assess the number of sessions that will likely be needed to achieve your desired outcomes. Transparency is key to our practice, and we'll provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved, ensuring there are no surprises and you can make an informed decision.

We also use this opportunity to answer questions, from the science behind IPL to what you can expect during and after the treatment. It's our commitment to ensure you feel informed, comfortable, and confident as you proceed with your skin rejuvenation goals.

How to Prepare for Your IPL Treatment

Preparing for your IPL treatment is crucial to ensure the best possible results and to minimize the risk of side effects. Here are some key steps to take before your appointment:

  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect your skin from sun exposure by using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily for at least four weeks before treatment. Tanned skin can increase the risk of complications.
  • Skip Tanning Products: Do not use self-tanners or spray tans for a couple of weeks before your session, as these can affect the skin's absorption of the IPL energy.
  • Discontinue Certain Skincare Products: Certain products, particularly those containing retinoids or other exfoliating agents, may need to be discontinued several days to a week before treatment.
  • Avoid Certain Medications: Inform your practitioner about all your medications. Some medications, like blood thinners or those that increase photosensitivity, may need to be paused or managed differently prior to treatment.
  • Shave the Area: Shaving the treatment area 1-2 days before may be recommended, especially for hair removal, to prevent surface skin damage from burnt hairs.
  • Clean Skin: Come to the appointment with clean skin, free of any makeup, creams, oils, or lotions.
  • Protective Clothing and Sunscreen: Bring protective clothing and broad-spectrum sunscreen to apply after your treatment, as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun post-treatment.

During Your IPL Treatment Procedure

Your IPL treatment session is designed to be efficient and convenient, typically 20 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. We strive to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure; most patients experience minimal discomfort, often likened to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.

Throughout the treatment, your skin will be protected with a cooling gel, and you'll wear special glasses to shield your eyes from the intense light. During the treatment, an intense flash of light passes through the top layer of the skin and penetrates the deeper layer (dermis) where collagen is found.

IPL Treatment Aftercare & Recovery Timeline

Recovery time is minimal, but your skin may appear red or swollen after your treatment. It may feel like a mild sunburn, but the effect should disappear in a few hours or a day. It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen. Within a few days, you should be fully recovered. Remember, the treatment usually consists of 4-6 treatments, depending on your needs.

Am I a Good Candidate for IPL Treatment?

Ideal candidates are those seeking to improve the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, brown spots, and facial spider veins, as well as those with redness, sun-damaged or aging skin, oily skin, enlarged pores, and acne scars. However, IPL treatment may not be suitable for everyone. If you have unrealistic expectations, certain inflammatory skin conditions, cancerous tumors, or if you are currently using Accutane, this treatment might not be the right choice for you. Impressions Face + Body offers a variety of other non-surgical treatments that could be better aligned with your needs and conditions.

IPL Treatment Benefits

IPL treatment addresses common skin concerns without requiring invasive procedures like chemical peels or surgery. Additional benefits include:

  • Targets Common Skin Concerns: Highly effective against acne scarring, sun spots, rosacea, and other prevalent age-related skin issues.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Patients typically experience only mild discomfort during the procedure, often described as a light snap with each pulse of light.
  • Quick Recovery: Post-treatment downtime is minor, allowing patients to return to their daily routine almost immediately after the session.
How much does an IPL treatment cost in Chicago?
As needs vary, the cost of an IPL treatment will, too. It will depend on the amount of treatments needed, as well as the size of the area targeted. During your consultation, we will review all costs attributed to your plan.
Does IPL remove wrinkles?
While IPL is not primarily a wrinkle-removal treatment, it can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles by promoting collagen production and improving skin texture.
Are there any risks for IPL treatment?
As IPL treatment is minimally invasive, serious complications are rare. Some risks may include facial redness (which will dissipate within 48 hours), mild swelling, and bruising.
How painful is an IPL treatment?
Most patients report minimal discomfort during IPL treatments, often likened to a light flick or the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
Which is better, IPL or microneedling?
Choosing between IPL and microneedling depends on your specific skin concerns. IPL is excellent for addressing pigmentation issues like sunspots and rosacea, while microneedling is often preferred for its effectiveness in reducing scars and promoting skin rejuvenation.
How many IPL treatments are needed?
The number of IPL sessions required can vary based on the individual's skin condition and goals. Typically, 4-6 treatments are recommended to achieve optimal results.
How long do IPL treatment results last?
The longevity of IPL results can vary, but many patients enjoy long-lasting improvements in skin quality. To maintain these results, especially for age-related changes, periodic maintenance treatments might be suggested.
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