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At Pure Medical Cosmetics, we use IPL treatment to target a range of treatments including brown spots, redness, rosacea, and facial veins. 

IPL Treatment Ottawa

What is IPL treatment?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, otherwise known as a photofacial, is a way to improve the colour and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure or age that is particularly noticeable on the face, neck, and chest.

IPL treatment can also help if you have acne or red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition, including rosacea. Rosacea IPL treatments work to help push the blood in the face away from the skin and coagulate spider veins, reducing the effects of rosacea. 

IPL uses light energy to target skin discolouration. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.

Appointment Details

$200 per treatment

Appointments typically last 50-60 minutes.

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What to Expect

The treatment for skin discolouration will vary from case to case. Mild cases may need one treatment with very little downtime. Cases with more severe discolouration or sun damage may need a more comprehensive treatment plan with multiple sessions, and more significant downtime.

After your appointment, the skin on the targetted spots with slough off. This can take up to 7 to 10 days. Patients can wear make-up during this time and may not be noticeable depending on the severity of starting condition. Mild swelling and redness can last up to 48 hours in more severe cases. 

In general, we recommend 1 to 6 treatments to see the best results.

Please be aware that this treatment can not be done on tanned skin or if you have excessive sun exposure 2 weeks before or after your appointment.


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IPL Treatment FAQs

If you're considering IPL treatment, you probably have questions about what to expect from the process. Read our FAQs below to learn about what IPL treatment entails, and how it might go for you. 

  • Who is IPL treatment recommended for?

    IPL treatment is for people who would like to minimize skin discoloration, rosacea and signs of sun damage without surgery.

    Our cosmetic specialists recommend this treatment for those who have fair and untanned skin.

  • What long-term results should i expect with IPL treatment?

    While the immediate results of IPL treatments in Ottawa are apparent with the reduction of skin discoloration, there are some long-term effects that may also be seen such as:

    • Increased Collagen Production
    • Minimized Effects of Sun Damage
    • Younger, Healthier-Looking Skin
  • How should you prepare for IPL treatment?

    There are a few things you can do ahead of your IPL treatment in Ottawa that can help make it a success. Here are some of the recommendations from our cosmetic specialists:

    Avoid Direct Exposure to Sunlight

    IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment utilizes high-intensity light waves to treat the skin. Because of this, you should take precautions to ensure that you limit the amount of UV exposure your skin has prior to your visit. 

    If you need to go outside in the time leading up to your IPL photofacial we recommend using SPF 30+ sunscreen at all times as well as a hat and appropriate clothing when possible.

    Stop Exfoliating a Week Before Your Treatment

    The high-energy light used in IPL treatments creates controlled injuries to the areas of concern. In order for the treatment to remain as gentle as possible we need the skin to be in a healthy, uninjured state.

    When preparing for your IPL photofacial in Ottawa, our cosmetic specialists recommend that you stop exfoliating at least 1 week before your visit. This will help prevent excessive injury during treatment and potentially reduce downtime afterward.

    Do Not Use Any Tanning Products on Your Skin

    We know that a healthy glow is often desired by our clients. In some cases, we may need to ask that you hold off on using any type of tanning product until after your treatment is complete and you have recovered.

    Our cosmetic specialists ask that you refrain from using self-tanning products for at least a month before your IPL treatment to ensure optimal targeting of your skin concerns. 

    Avoid Makeup on the Day of the Treatment

    IPL treatments will need to access your skin directly in order to provide the desired effect. We would like to ask that you arrive at your appointment with a clean, makeup and product-free face.

    Prior to beginning treatment, your practitioner will also perform a gentle cleansing of your face.

  • Are there any side effects of IPL treatment?

    Facials in Ottawa using IPL treatment are generally safe and side effects are rare. Even so, there are some potential side effects to mention, such as:

    • Pain
    • Redness
    • Swelling
    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Hypopigmentation

    When performed by a trained professional the potential for these or more serious complications is decreased.

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