If you have unwanted pigment like brown or red spots, laser treatments are one of the most effective ways to get rid of them. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we offer a variety of state-of-the-art laser platforms.

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a laser light technology used to reduce pigmented spots on the skin. Sometimes called the photofacial, it works by administering light energy that is attracted to specific pigments in the skin like melanocytes or hemoglobin. There, the laser energy generates heat which damages the treated cells. These damaged cells are then gradually removed from the body.

What Are the Benefits of IPL?

IPL is a very effective way to get rid of unwanted pigment versus other skincare treatments like peels or surgical removal. IPL can be used for the following concerns:

  • Brown spots (moles, birthmarks, or freckles)
  • Red spots and visible veins
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Unwanted hair
  • Acne scarring

IPL is also an effective anti-aging treatment and can help achieve brighter, more youthful skin.

What Can I Expect From IPL Treatment?

To begin, you’ll meet with our laser technicians to determine your best options for treatment. Your skin will then be cleansed and made ready for treatment. You’ll be given protective eye shields and the laser handpiece will be applied to the skin. For most patients, IPL does not hurt – rather, it feels like a light rubber band “snap.” Once complete, your skin will be soothed and made ready for the rest of your day.

IPL Maintenance

After laser treatments, it’s extremely important to keep your skin protected with SPF 30+ daily. Your skin will be extra sensitive to sun damage and can be susceptible to hyperpigmentation. It’s normal for the skin to look sunburned with redness, sensitivity, and light swelling. Make sure to use a light, unscented cleanser and moisturizer, avoiding any active ingredients or hot temperatures for the time being. Also avoid exfoliating, scratching, or picking your skin while it recovers – as well as exercising or strenuous activity.

It’s normal for any brown spots or areas of pigmentation to appear darker as your skin recovers – this happens because the pigment begins to rise to the surface of the skin before falling off. It will crust off within a few weeks and leave healthy, clear skin underneath.

Most patients require a package of treatments for best results and our team will ensure you know when to come back for your next appointment.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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