5 Conditions Perfect for IPL Treatment


facial laser skin treatment hawaiiNot every cosmetic dermatological treatment in Hawaii is versatile enough to address such a wide variety of skin conditions like intense pulsed laser (IPL) treatments can. Its innovative technology is effective for laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation of your appearance. The procedure incurs almost no downtime or side effects, and the improvements are natural looking.

At Kitagawa Dermatology, Honolulu cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kory Kitagawa and his staff are proud to provide IPL laser treatments as part of a comprehensive plan to treat your skin with care. Among the many advantages of IPL treatment is the fact that it can be used to treat more than one or two skin conditions safely and effectively.

5 Dermatological Conditions Perfectly Suited for Intense Pulsed Light Treatment in Hawaii

Corrects Unwanted Facial Redness

An IPL photofacial is one of the most effective ways of addressing facial redness, particularly for fair-skinned patients. The laser energy gently heats up and shatters the vessels responsible for the redness and eliminates them from the body. In general, 6-8 laser skin resurfacing treatments spaced about a month apart are the average number of sessions before you see the full results – clearer, smoother skin that lasts for up to 12 months.

After that, it may be necessary to have maintenance touch up sessions 1-2 times a year, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun.

Helps Improved Skin Damaged by the Sun

Damage to your skin from the accumulation of sun exposure throughout your life can cause irregular coloration of the skin, including brown or red spots or patches, often called age spots or sun spots. They are related to broken capillaries just under the surface of your skin, which contributes to a more aged appearance.

IPL laser skin resurfacing in Hawaii can minimize these discolorations with a different range of light wavelengths and filters that decrease the amount of damage done to your surrounding skin. The effects make your skin appear brighter and younger looking.

Furthermore, IPL laser therapy can help improve the texture of your skin because of the gentle, deep heating that helps your skin increase its production of collagen. This will visibly improve the texture of your skin, help smooth the appearance of fine wrinkles and strengthen the overall health of your skin.

Correct Acne Scarring

Just as when you were a teenager, acne as an adult can make you self-conscious. An IPL photofacial can help with that in two ways.

First, it can be used to treat active acne by destroying the bacteria that causes acne and by correcting associated redness and irritation. In fact, acne can be treated even more effectively when IPL is combined with topical acne medications or other light therapy.

Second, the innovative pulsed laser skin resurfacing therapy is used to reduce or erase acne scarring. During treatment, the short pulses of an intense light target and destroy the pigmented cells in your scarred skin, reducing the effects of acne damage and helping your skin regain its clear, smooth texture.

Clears Problem Capillaries and Other Irregularities

The appearance of broken or dilated capillaries in your skin is common in fair-skinned people in Honolulu, and they can make you appear older and adversely impact your self-esteem. These include spider veins on your face or legs as well as nose veins.

IPL laser treatment is among the most effective available for reducing or eliminating the effects of broken capillaries. Your clear, smooth skin will be restored, and you’ll have a more youthful-looking appearance.

For irregularities such as enlarged pores, the pulsed laser skin resurfacing therapy is effective, as well. The heating action of the laser energy shrinks the targeted tissue, resulting in smaller, tighter pores, which helps you look younger.


Rosacea is another vein-related skin condition often affecting the following areas of the body:

  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Chin
  • Nose
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

Rosacea often causes facial flushing, soreness, and even bumps or pimples. Without proper treatment in Honolulu, the skin can thicken and develop a rougher texture. Furthermore, exposure to the sun, hot water, stress, or the wind can exacerbate the condition as can alcohol or perspiration. Rosacea can also cause you to be unusually anxious in professional or social settings.

IPL laser treatment is effective in addressing the capillary and redness issues caused by rosacea. After the prescribed series of sessions, your skin is firm, clear, and rejuvenated.

IPL Side Effects

Due to the minimally invasive nature of IPL treatment, the side effects are few. In general, they are mild and short-term; often, they disappear within 1-2 days, though the average is usually 3-5 days.

It’s possible that the following could occur at the targeted site:

  • Tenderness
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Temporary flushing
  • Itching

Learn more about intense pulsed light therapy at WebMD.com.

To Learn More about IPL Therapy, Contact Kitagawa Dermatology

IPL laser therapy is effective for addressing a wide range of skin conditions, especially under the guidance of a trained, skilled dermatologist in Honolulu, Hawaii like Dr. Kitagawa. If you have skin issues that are affecting your self-esteem, appearance, and even skin tone or structure, contact Kitagawa Dermatology by calling 808.533.4434 or visiting us online to schedule a consultation. We’re located in the Kuakini Medical Plaza.

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