Dark spots, an uneven complexion, and fine lines can age your features and detract from an aesthetically-appealing appearance. Heights Laser Centre offers IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments as a non-invasive and effective way to restore a healthy glow, and is one of many options we offer to rejuvenate your skin.
IPL can reduce skin damage caused by aging, sun exposure (photodamage), stress, and behaviors such as smoking. Common treatment areas include the face, neck, and chest. Vancouver patients who have rosacea can also benefit from IPL. The procedure is gentle, non-surgical, and requires no downtime.
We are committed to providing our patients with amazing, natural-looking results. Our Medical Director, Dr. Perhez Jaffer, is highly trained in photofacial and skin rejuvenation procedures, and each of our laser technicians hold certifications. Our IPL technician even has 20 years of experience in practice!
Experience The Heights Laser Centre Difference
Whether you’re considering IPL treatments for pigmentation spots caused by sun damage or aging, or fine lines caused by stress or even smoking, we understand that you want to know what you’re getting into before you sign up. That’s what our team is here for. We want you to be fully-knowledgeable about your proposed treatment option before you say “Yes!” We want every single one of our patients walking out of their initial consultation feeling educated and completely informed about IPL.
Experienced Technicians and Advanced IPL Technologies
You can have confidence in your care with Heights Laser Centre. In addition to being a physician-led aesthetic medical practice that’s fully licensed, all of our medical laser technicians hold certification. Our talented IPL technician has two decades of experience in practice! Our top-of-the-line Lumenis M22™ modular laser machine further promotes safety and comfort.
As a board certified physician-led practice, we have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and have an A+ rating. Our excellent track record allows you to have unparalleled confidence in the quality and safety of the care you will receive, in a relaxed and supportive setting. Walk through the doors of our medical spa, and you become part of a family—one that’s committed to achieving your personal goals.
Heights Laser Centre is dedicated to making your IPL photofacial rejuvenation treatments a pleasant and relaxing experience. We want you to feel comfortable!
During your consultation, our experienced IPL medical technician will talk with you about your cosmetic concerns. They’ll also perform a thorough skin analysis to develop a customized treatment plan based on your discussion. You can discuss the plan with Dr. Jaffer if you want to understand it more in-depth. Our technician will also learn about your daily aesthetic routine and make recommendations to improve your skin’s quality and health following IPL.
We’ll provide you with a concise pre and post treatment plan to help make the whole experience safer and more effective.
As part of your consultation, your laser technician will help you understand how IPL works and what you can expect in our care. The technology will be described and you’ll find out what you can expect in terms of your predicted results.
In advance of your treatment, your laser technician will take a set of “before” photos and examine your face, neck, and chest. Based on your examination, the technician may recommend additional treatments. Often, our patients benefit from microdermabrasion in combination with IPL. Microdermabrasion removes excess skin and gives the IPL more direct contact with pigmented areas. This helps patients get the best outcome possible.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Because we want to make sure you are as knowledgeable as possible during your initial IPL consultation, both your IPL laser technician (who has 20 years of experience, by the way) and Dr. Jaffer will encourage you to ask as many questions as you have. One of the most common questions we get from our Vancouver patients is “How many treatment sessions will I need.”
A Full Treatment with IPL Typically Requires 3 to 5 Sessions*
Patients considering IPL need to know that for the treatment to be considered complete, multiple sessions will be required. These sessions are usually scheduled about a month apart from each other.* The reason Dr. Jaffer and our laser technician recommend multiple sessions is to give you the best results possible. You want that sunspot or fine line gone for good – right? If so, trust our team’s knowledge and experience when it comes to how many treatments they recommend based on your unique skin and case.
Sometimes, to get the best results possible, after your skin examination Dr. Jaffer will also recommend that you undergo rounds of microdermabrasion. This is a normal skin hygiene procedure that removes excess layers of skin and allows the IPL to have more targeted contact with your desired treatment areas. While it is an added step and it may extend the time you have to wait to see your results, following this recommendation is in your best interest as it allows your laser technician to perform the best possible work.
Will I Need Maintenance Treatments After I Complete All My Initial IPL Sessions?
Vancouver’s Dr. Jaffer prioritizes having his patients not only initially achieve great results but maintain them for the long term, too. Because of this, he recommends the following regimen after you’ve completed your initial round of IPL treatments:
A once a year IPL touch up treatment to keep pigment changes and fine lines from ever returning*
A daily skin regimen of using topical sunscreen, Vitamin C serum and Vitamin A cream (Retinol)
Taking Omega 3 capsules every day
You want to address pigmentation marks or fine lines on their skin. But every single case is different! Some potential patients are fair skinned; others have darker skin tones. Some have a healthy layer of skin on the surface; others require microdermabrasion. And of course, every pigmentation spot and fine line is different.
Because everyone is unique, it’s virtually impossible for the average Vancouver resident to know for sure which laser is right for you. That’s exactly why an initial meeting with Dr. Jaffer at Heights Laser Centre is so important. Come to him with your problems and concerns, and he’ll examine you and recommend the best course of treatment, whether that be IPL or another state-of-the-art laser.
Heights Laser Centre utilizes the top lasers in the market. Our current technology, the Lumenis M22™, is equipped with contact cooling to improve your comfort with each application. Some of our patients choose to have a topical anesthetic cream administered beforehand to decrease their sensitivity further.
During your appointment, our experienced technician will:
Apply a special gel to the treatment area
Position the IPL applicator
Release the pulsed light
Move to the next location for treatment
The process generally takes 20 minutes. Your experience may vary depending on the number and size of areas you are having treated.
During treatment, the laser delivers intense pulses of visible light. These are absorbed by darker areas of the skin, such as blood vessels and age spots.
The intense pulses of light heat up these darker regions and cause minor damage.
The body’s immune system works to repair this damage. As a result, the body absorbs these cells, and the blemishes disappear.
Great experience here at Heights laser! Knowledgeable, pleasant staff makes it very enjoyable!
I had a birthmark and spot on my forehead and after four treatments with the IPL laser, both have almost completely disappeared. I’m very happy with the results. Lorea was great and made the whole thing comfortable and pain free.5/5
After IPL: Recuperation and Results
Immediately following an IPL photofacial, your skin may be red and slightly swollen. This should last for only a few hours. In time, your skin should appear younger and have a more even complexion.
2 weeks after each treatment, Heights Laser Centre will invite you for a follow-up appointment. The set of “after” pictures you take during this visit will help you see the benefits of your treatment. You may also receive microdermabrasion if that is part of your customized aesthetic plan.
If you are like most of our Vancouver patients, you will receive 3-5 IPL treatments spaced one month apart. This will allow you to enjoy gradual but significant improvement over time. You can expect smoother, more attractive, and more youthful skin by the end of the process.
IPL Photofacial FAQ
When will I notice a difference?
Our Vancouver patients see a significant reduction in redness, dark spots, and lines after their first IPL treatment. Following a full regimen of IPL treatments, the skin should be 50-70% brighter and more even.
How many treatments should I have?
Most patients have multiple photofacial appointments to achieve their desired results. Heights Laser Centre recommends 3-5 IPL treatments administered about one month apart.
Is treatment with IPL painful?
Heights Laser Centre prioritizes patient comfort. We have invested in the most advanced tools available to provide you with the best IPL treatment possible. Our skilled laser technician has trained extensively in aesthetic applications, such as treating pigmentation and fine lines, to ensure you have an effective and efficient experience. Both our laser’s cooling technology and the use of a topical anesthetic cream can make the treatment much more manageable.
Will the benefits last?
IPL results have a long duration. We advise one treatment yearly after completing the initial series to keep the pigment changes away. We encourage our Vancouver patients to extend the benefits of their treatment with a proper skin care regimen. Typically, this includes the daily topical use of sunscreen and Vitamin C serum and taking oral Omega 3 capsules.
What is rosacea?
Medical experts and dermatologists have identified four different types of rosacea:
Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea). Symptoms include persistent redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea). Symptoms include raised red bumps and pimples.
Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea). Symptoms include red skin plaques (raised skin patches) and skin thickening, often enlarging the nose with excess
Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea). This occurs when rosacea manifests in and around the eyes. Symptoms include styes, burning, tearing up, dry eye, swollen eyelids, and corneal damage, which can lead to vision loss.
Can IPL treat each rosacea subtype? What if I have symptoms from several subtypes?
Patients can experience more than one subtype of rosacea at a time, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. Because of potential long-term effects, Heights Laser Centre recommends that Vancouver patients who may have rosacea seek early diagnosis and treatment. IPL photofacials are approved for all four subtypes of rosacea.
ADDRESS YEARS OF SKIN DAMAGE WITH TREATMENT THAT TAKES MINUTES TALK TO US.
4 Conditions That IPL Can Treat
We employ top-of-the-line technology and use the Lumenis M22 IPL machine that can provide you with amazing results from your IPL treatments.
The Lumenis M22 IPL is equipped with contact cooling to improve your comfort with each application. Some of our patients choose to have a topical anesthetic cream administered beforehand to decrease their sensitivity further.
This amazing IPL technology gives patients relief from the following skin conditions:
This is one of the most common skin conditions treated by IPL at Dr. Jaffer’s office in Vancouver. Rosacea causes severe rosiness of the cheeks and IPL is the best solution to treat it by targeting the superficial vessels that cause rosacea.
For men and women who have spent too many hours laying out under the sun, IPL treatments can be a lifesaver! The pulsating light of the Lumenis M22 laser is absorbed by the upper layer of the skin, which then gets converted into heat. This heat gently destroys the cells that contain sun damage.
Whether Vancouver men and women have new scars or scars caused by acne, Dr. Jaffer’s Lumenis M22 IPL laser can reduce their appearance by breaking down the micro blood vessels that give scars their red color.
Cutaneous Vascular Lesions
IPL treatments can improve the appearance of cutaneous vascular lesions like telangiectasia. The absorption of light energy causes the lesional blood vessels to coagulate. Over time, the vascular lesion will fade, and your skin’s natural color will emerge.
Clearly, there are many different types of skin conditions that can be treated with IPL. In order to find out if your specific condition can be resolved with IPL, schedule an initial consultation with us. During your appointment, we will fully evaluate your skin to create an individualized treatment plan, so you get the results you want!
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