Just like women, men are susceptible to hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines, and rosacea.
Fortunately, these skin conditions can be effectively treated with a series of intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments to help male patients achieve clear and even skin.
What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Men?
An intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment emits a broadband light to target discoloration on the face, neck, chest, and back. It’s often used to diminish broken blood vessels, acne, sun spots, fine lines, melasma, and rosacea.
IPL is an excellent option for men as it is non-invasive, does not involve needles or incisions, and has zero downtime. The procedure can be completed over a lunchbreak in 30-60 minutes.
Ideal Candidates for Treatment
Men that are in good health, committed to a daily skincare regimen, and regularly apply sunscreen are often good candidates for an IPL treatment.
It’s also important that patients do not have recently tanned skin and are able to avoid or substantially limit sun exposure for at least two weeks post-procedure.
What Can Men Expect from an IPL Procedure?
Prior to an IPL, male patients will be instructed to have a clean shave to avoid an unwanted reduction in facial hair.
During the treatment, patients are provided with goggles to protect eyes from the bright flashes of light.
The IPL handpiece delivers energy to the skin one pulse at a time, and most men find the treatment to be very tolerable. However, if you are concerned about discomfort, your provider can apply a topical anesthetic beforehand.
IPL Recovery and Results
Post-IPL, the skin may look and feel like a mild sunburn, which typically subsides within 24 hours. Patients may also note that areas of hyperpigmentation may initially appear darker before coming to the surface and flaking off.
All normal activities can be resumed immediately after with limited to no sun exposure for two weeks. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF should be used daily to preserve treatment benefits.
Results can be seen within one-to-two weeks with an improved skin tone and texture. Optimal effects from IPL usually require a series of three-to-six sessions spaced four weeks apart.