Freckles, age spots, and general pigmentation issues can be remedied with IPL/Intense Pulsed Light, also known as photofacial rejuvenation. The light from the IPL targets the pigment in the damaged skin cells. Immediately after treatment, the area is red and swollen, almost like a burn. Over the next few days the redness fades, but the brown in the damaged spots becomes darker and darker. Then the spot peels off. It can take up to 10 days for these darker spots to slough off, and up to 21 days to see your full results.
By changing the setting on the handpiece (which filters the light to target different colors) this treatment can also treat issues with skin redness — rosacea, flushing, and broken capillaries — caused by sun damage, alcohol, and spicy foods.
IPL is not only great for the face but can also be used on the neck, chest, arms, and hands. Treatments are spaced every three weeks for the face and every six weeks for areas of the body. On average it can take anywhere from two to six treatments depending on the severity of what is being treated.