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What Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Treatment?

DLK’s state-of-the-art IPL Technologies stimulate and remodel collagen for skin tightening and pore reduction, constricts blood vessels to reduce and control redness and spider veins and targets dark pigment to reduce brown spots, and helps to even skin tone and to decrease the appearance of scars.

Many body sites can be treated including the face, neck, chest and hands. IPL uses light to heat up the collagen in the dermis and stimulate collagen remodeling. The superficial part of the skin is spared so there is no injury to the outer layers of skin and thus there is little or no downtime. IPL is a safe and effective treatment with no recovery time and patients can return to normal activities immediately. A series of treatments done every 3-4 weeks is recommended for best results. Treatment is usually very well tolerated and takes about 20 minutes.

IPL at a Glance:

Procedure Length
Approximately 20 - 30 minutes;
a series of 6 treatments spaced 2 - 4 weeks apart is recommended
Recovery Time
No downtime
Requires maintenance every 3-4 months
Intense pulses of light that penetrate the skin
Pain Level
Mild discomfort
No anesthesia; however, a cooling gel is applied to avoid direct contact with heat

The Treatment:

The facial skin is made up of three distinct layers: a visible outer layer on the surface called the epidermis, a collagen-rich under layer beneath the surface called the dermis, and an inner layer beneath the dermis called the subcutaneous layer. When the collagen in these three layers breaks down due to sun exposure, family heredity, or the normal aging process, your skin reduces production of collagen and begins to thin and underline pigment or redness begins to appear on epidermal layer of the skin.

IPL emits intense pulses of light to penetrate all layers of the skin. During the treatment, collagen is stimulated and blood vessels under the top layer of skin constrict, reducing redness and pigmented lesions. During the treatment, protective goggles are placed over the patient’s eyes and a thin layer of conductive gel is applied. A hand piece with a cool tip is placed against the skin and the skin is treated with a very brief pulse of light which feels like the snap of a rubber band.

The heat emitted by the IPL treatment treats the undesired lesions by triggering the natural healing process. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and the patients can return to the regular activity immediately after. A cool gel is applied to the skin to avoid direct contact with heat and the IPL has a built in cooling for patient safety and comfort.


At home the skin can be cleansed daily with a mild cleanser and we can give you some recommendations according to your individual skin care needs. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment.

A series of IPL treatments can help restore a more youthful appearance without downtime or a prolonged recovery. For optimal results, it is recommended that a series of 6 treatments scheduled 2-4 weeks apart be administered followed a maintenance treatment every 3-4 months.

Exclusions for Treatment:

You should not have laser or light treatments if you have had unprotected sun exposure or used tanning beds or tanning creams in the last 4 weeks; are or may be pregnant; have active infections or an immunosuppressive disease; have open lesions; have active Herpes virus infection; or are using a drug called Accutane which can interfere with skin healing.

Is IPL Treatment Right for You?

To find out if this treatment is the best fit for your individual skin concern, contact us directly. Dr. Kellet will assess your needs and develop a program built specifically for you.

To schedule your treatment or consultation please call 416-440-2597.



DLK on Avenue
108 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2H3
Phone: 416-440-2597
Fax: 416-923-2597


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TUE: 8:30am - 7:00pm
WED: 8:30am - 7:00pm
THU:8:30am - 7:00pm
FRI: 8:30am - 7:00pm
SAT: 9:00am - 5:00pm
SUN: Closed