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There are many treatments that physicians claim will rejuvenate damaged and discolored skin; intense pulsed light (IPL) technology is one of the best options for certain skin imperfections. San Francisco physician Sheena Kong may recommend IPL treatments to you if you want to improve the tone and texture of your skin and/or reduce the appearance of discoloration or hyperpigmentation. IPL can be performed on its own or to complement the results of another treatment option.

What does IPL Treat?

IPL photorejuvenation can address a variety of skin conditions on your chest, face, hands and neck, including the following:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation (e.g., sun spots, age spots, freckles)
  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Red or ruddy skin

Benefits of IPL Treatment

IPL rejuvenates your skin without requiring you to take a lot of downtime to recover. It can address a multitude of complexion problems, including redness and broken capillaries. IPL can take years off of the appearance of your face, and treatments can be repeated to maintain your results, if you are happy with the outcome. Dr. Kong offers some of the top results from IPL Bay Area patients have come to depend on.


Dr. Kong believes that every patient should be educated about their custom treatment. She will take the time to fully answer all of your individual questions and concerns prior to any treatment performed. With her vast experience in the use of IPL, she is well-qualified to perform this advanced laser treatment to restore, rejuvenate, and refresh various body areas. Read answers to questions about IPL to get basic information about the system.

What is IPL?

The process involves the use of a special laser system to penetrate the blood vessel. When the laser enters the vessel, it causes it to collapse and seal, after which the body reabsorbs the tissue, which takes several weeks. Advanced laser treatments make the process of removing unsightly veins a simple procedure that does not damage the skin, tissue, or other veins, and does not involve the pain associated with surgical removal.

Does laser vein removal hurt?

To perform the procedure, a local anesthetic is used so the patient does not experience discomfort or pain. Patients report a tingling sensation. The laser used to treat spider veins has a cooling function for a higher level of patient safety and comfort.

What is the recovery time for laser vein removal?

Typically, there is little to no recovery time laser vein removal. The area treated may appear slightly red, or a small bump could appear which quickly disappears. It is important to keep the treated area protected from the sun while your body does its work.

What device is used in an IPL treatment?

A specialized handheld wand is used in an IPL treatment. A groundbreaking development in aesthetic technology, IPL photorejuvenation is effective in treating a wide range of skin flaws. A specific wavelength is used to target sun spots, age spots, or other areas of hyperpigmentation. A different wavelength is used to penetrate the skin and target visible spider veins that mar your facial appearance.

The IPL system effectively treats larger areas such as chest or arms, and then adjusted to target specific skin concerns. IPL is an advance in anti-aging technology, and a very effective skin rejuvenation treatment.

What is the difference between IPL and Laser?

IPL and lasers both utilize light energy to treat skin problems such as unwanted brown spots or visible blood vessels. The IPL system produces pulses of broad spectrum light, while a laser uses a focused beam of light energy directed to treat a specific skin flaw and can penetrate deeper.

The pulses of light energy emitted by the IPL system works to trigger natural cell regeneration for a fresher, smoother, younger look. Several treatments may be required to achieve best results. IPL photorejuvenation is an effective way to resolve surface imperfections like sun spots, rosacea, or broken capillaries.

Is IPL an effective anti-aging skin treatment?

Nothing looks more natural and fresh than healthy, glowing, firm skin. As an IPL treatment triggers natural collagen production, your skin quality improves from the inside out. For smoother, finer texture, firmness, and a glow generated from within, regular IPL treatments are an effective anti-aging treatment that many patients rely upon as part of a standard beauty regimen.

Does IPL photorejuvenation hurt?

IPL photorejuvenation treatments are not exceptionally painful. At our San Francisco skincare clinic, we understand that each patient’s experience varies, based on the sensitivity of a certain area and individual pain tolerance. Dr. Sheena Kong delivers all treatments herself and focuses on keeping her patients comfortable.

Each IPL photorejuvenation device contains a cooling mechanism that numbs the area, reducing discomfort. Some patients may still experience a burning or stinging sensation during their treatment, but it is not particularly painful and quickly subsides.

After the procedure you will receive specific instructions from Dr. Kong about how to care for the treated areas and keep side effects to a minimum. Protect the area with sunscreen and don’t stay in the sun for extended periods as your skin will be sensitive.

How long will the results last?

A good skincare regimen is vital to maintaining the results of an IPL treatment, particularly when the treatment was used to treat redness or sun spots. Extended exposure to the sun’s harmful rays will lead to further skin damage. It is very important to regularly apply sunscreen, even on days that you don’t expect to be in the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or clothing that shields your face if you will be out of doors for a longer period of time.

A good quality moisturizer and exfoliant are also recommended. Dr. Kong can help you choose the most effective products for your skin type. Many patients have regular IPL photorejuvenation treatments to maintain firmer, more supple, youthful-looking skin. You are invited to find out more about this fast, effective treatment.

Contact Us for More Details

To learn more about our San Francisco IPL treatment, please contact Dr. Sheena Kong at her San Francisco Medical Spa, located in the heart of SF. A member of our team can answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to consult with Dr. Kong personally about your skin care needs.

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