Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Lasers are devices that use light as an energy source to change the skin. Examples are hair removal lasers (our GentleLase), tattoo removal lasers (our RevLite) and lasers for remodeling the skin by removing the surface (resurfacing lasers such as Fraxel, CO2 resurfacing {CO2RE} and eMatrix).

With the advent of new technology, we now refer to all of our equipment as “energy-based devices.”

The difference between intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) and laser is that laser uses only one wavelength whereas IPL has a range of light wavelengths. Lasers are much more specific for one target, whereas IPL has a range of targets. Let’s say we had a brown spot we wanted to treat (also known as a sun freckle, lentigo or age spot). We have a laser that has one specific wavelength of light that just targets melanin, which is what a brown spot is made of. So it is a specializing laser, and is extremely effective for that one thing, but it doesn’t have many other uses. For instance, if we have someone who has brown spots but also has dilated blood vessels on the face as a result of sun damage or from having rosacea in addition to sun damage, then we would need to use 2 different lasers to treat those two different things. We could add a laser that is focused on red spots called the Vbeam® to the laser that is focused on the brown called the Q-switched.

Since there are a lot of people with both brown and red spots, someone got the smart idea of using IPL, or a blend of different wavelengths. This allows us to treat both red and brown at the same time. However, because it is kind of a jack-of-all-trades, it isn’t as effective in one single treatment for each of these things as the lasers are. So we typically do a series of treatments over a few months, because over time the results from this adds up to the results we might get with the other devices if we used them separately. Another bonus to treating the entire skin surface with light, as opposed to just treating certain spots, is that we also get improvement in wrinkles, pores and all the in between tones that exist (ie not yet formed brown spots and red that are still there nonetheless and will be coming out soon).

The lack of downtime and overall effectiveness of this treatment makes it extraordinarily popular, and it has been a mainstay of esthetic treatments for about 15 years.

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Additional Information

Radio frequency skin tightening is not based on light, but is based on electricity. An energy is developed that has a positive and negative pole and the heat generated is due to the resistance of the skin as the energy travels through it. This can cause general “bulk” heating in the case of Thermage®, where the heating causes the cells that make new collagen to be very active as well as change the way the collagen sits in the skin in an advantageous way that makes the skin firmer or tighter. We can also use radiofrequency to resurface the skin, like we do in eMatrix, by using many tiny electrodes (positive and negative poles) to cause heating just under the skin surface which is great for wrinkles, scars and pores.

The advantage of radiofrequency is that it is “color-blind” so that it doesn’t matter if you are tan or have a dark color of skin, it doesn’t specifically heat up melanin, thus removing a big potential cause of side effects from laser (too much heating of the skin, which can be different for different people and even different parts of an individuals face or body can cause hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin).

Energy based devices have gotten safer and more effective over the years much like other technology in our lives. At Advanced Dermatology we have many different devices because each has some very great advantages but also some disadvantages. Unlike being a carpenter with only one hammer, where everything looks like a nail, we have many sophisticated devices so that we can tailor them to what your needs and exact skin type and goals are.





Frequently asked questions

Which skin conditions does Intense pulsed light Therapy Treatment improve?


  • Helps dissipate tiny vascular veins 
  • Scarring 
  •  Lightens pigmentation 
  • Facial lines & Wrinkles
  • Helps with the overall strength of the skin
  • Sunspots
  • Freckles & age marks

How many treatments do I need for Intense pulsed light therapy treatment?


For optimal results, a series of 4 to 6 treatments are recommended one month apart for intense pulsed light therapy. 

Are there any side effects for Intense pulsed light therapy Treatment?


Some clients experience a little redness after the intense pulsed light therapy , but we do put natural clean make up on after if desired from Ultrapure Cosmedix.

Is the Intense pulsed light therapy Treatment and the radio frequency used together?


Yes! Both the Intense pulsed light therapy Treatment and radio frequency skin tightening are used in one function. However, if a client prefers, then the Intense pulsed light therapy Treatment or the Radio frequency skin tightening treatment can be used individually. 

Who performs the Intense pulsed light therapy treatment & Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments?


Gwendolyn DiFerdinando is a licensed Master Aesthetician and will perform the Intense pulsed light therapy & Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments. With over 16 years of experience in the field of non-traumatic skin treatments and facials, you are in the most skilled, accomplished and talented hands in Greensboro.  

How much do the treatments cost?


The treatment for one session of intense pulsed light therapy & radio frequency skin tightening is $265 and a discount will be applied for a series of 4-6 treatments at a cost of $215. We also offer to spread the cost of the treatments into 8 monthly payments so that you don’t miss out. This then allows you to start the treatment immediately without delay or having to pay for the upfront cost. 

Which skin conditions does Radiofrequency improve?


  • Hair removal 
  • Photo rejuvenation
  • Pigmented and vascular problems 
  • Acne treatment
  • Cellulite treatment
  • Skin tightening

Are there any side effects for Radiofrequency?


After the radio frequency skin tightening treatments, the skin may have a mild redness and is warm to touch, but this is because of increased blood circulation and will go back to normal within 1-2 days after the procedure. There is no recovery time so clients can return to their daily routine immediately after. 

How many treatments do I need for Radiofrequency?


Normally a recommendation of 4-6 treatments of radio frequency skin tightening , depending on age and skin laxity. Your aesthetician will conduct a consultation and create a treatment plan specifically for your circumstances.