Your Initial Consultation

Your doctor and esthetician will discuss IPL as part of your skin consultation. Our goal will be to understand your desired outcome and determine if you are a good candidate in Bellevue for Intense Pulsed Light or other skin therapies. They will walk you through the details of the treatment and the results you can expect. Patients with certain conditions, such as those listed below, may not be good candidates for IPL, but your Newvue team will be sure to guide you to the treatments that will best suit your needs. Some of the conditions that may prevent you from getting IPL therapy:

  • Certain skin diseases or disorders
  • Patients with dark to very dark skin tones
  • Tattoos on the treatment area
  • Skin trauma
  • Breastfeeding or pregnancy
  • Other conditions

Prior to Your IPL Procedure

You may want to shave the area you want to be treated a day in advance of your IPL treatment in Bellevue to minimize any discomfort from razor burn, and you should avoid intense sun exposure or tanning within 4 weeks of your treatment.

Your IPL Procedure

Your procedure will go fast. A small area can be treated in minutes, and a full-face treatment generally lasts about 30 minutes. You will be seated comfortably in our Intense Pulsed Light and laser suite in Bellevue. The esthetician will apply a cold gel to the area that will be treated and provide you with eye protection. The IPL handpiece will be placed against the treatment area, and your treatment will begin. You will feel a sensation like a small rubber band being snapped against the area followed by a warm sensation.