IPL (Photorejuvenaton / Photofacial)

IPL (Photorejuvenaton / Photofacial) 2017-09-09T10:45:44+00:00

IPL Photorejuvenation in Vancouver, also known as Intense Pulsed Light or Fotofacial, primarily addresses the tone and texture of the skin reducing the brown pigmentation and redness that create a dull, aged complexion. IPL photofacial is the most popular laser treatment for the face in the world and is especially popular in Vancouver, Delta, Richmond and Surrey as a quick treatment that brightens the skin with no time off work required. At Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre we use the Harmony platform for IPL rejuvenation. It is one of the most versatile lasers in the world and uses Advanced Fluorescent Technology, the next generation of intense pulsed light.


  • No downtime treatment to address reds and browns
  • Any area of the body can be treated
  • Even out skin tone to produce radiant skin
  • Calm the red skin of rosacea

How it works

IPL is a treatment that delivers pulses of light to the target areas, such as brown pigment and red cells in the skin. This light is converted to heat energy, which fades those specific targets resulting in a more even, brighter complexion with less discoloration. IPL Photorejuvenation has been performed in Vancouver for over 20 years, and there are many studies in the medical literature demonstrating true, antiaging benefits. Individuals who have had IPL treatments once or twice a year over a decade have healthier more radiant skin with less skin cancer than those who do not have these treatments.

What to expect

Most patients tolerate the treatment without comfort measures. However, a numbing cream can be applied before if necessary on sensitive individuals. The sensation can be likened to snapping a rubber band on the skin at times. Occasionally patients can experience some mild puffiness that will subside over the next 12 hours.

Patients may find that their freckles and brown spots are more defined immediately following the treatment as they are drawn to the surface and fade over several days. Repeated treatments result in brighter, younger looking skin that reflects more light – glows!

When to resume normal activities

You may resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure including applying makeup.


Over the week following the treatment the skin takes on a younger, more refreshed look with less pigmentation and fine lines.

Recommended sessions

We recommend 3 sessions one month apart with maintenance every 6 months and this treatment can be paired with a microdermabrasion to remove the dead surface layer prior to the IPL treatment. This ensures optimal light absorption.

Possible downtime

  • Possible swelling around the treated area for 12 – 24 hours
  • Enhanced pigmentation resembling coffee grounds that can last up to 10 days

Post treatment care

  • Wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure to reduce recurrence of pigmentation
  • On day 4 you may do a light exfoliation with a Clarisonic brush