Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment Specialist

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology located in Encinitas, CA

Wish you could get rid of skin imperfections, erase the signs of aging, or diminish visible veins? Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments with Dr. Mario Yco of YCO Facial Plastic Surgery make it possible to rejuvenate your skin with this noninvasive technology. Dr. Yco is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat surgeon, offering numerous nonsurgical cosmetic procedures to men and women in the Encinitas, California area who want to improve their skin’s texture and tone. Call to learn more about the versatility of IPL treatments or schedule a consultation online.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment Q & A

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

What can intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy treat?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy treats a variety of aging signs and other skin problems, including:


  • Sun damage and age spots
  • Freckles and birthmarks
  • Varicose veins
  • Rosacea
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Unwanted hair
  • Large pores
  • Wrinkles


The IPL energy encourages your body to produce new collagen in the treated area, which helps fill in wrinkles and make your skin appear smoother and more evenly toned.

How is IPL different from laser treatments?

IPL is different from other types of laser treatments because it uses several different wavelengths of light all at once, like a photo flash, to scatter the energy around your skin. Most lasers use a single concentrated wavelength of energy.

Since IPL is less focused than laser energy, it can penetrate below the surface of your skin without causing damage to the surface. The pigment in your skin absorbs the IPL energy, converts it to heat, and destroys discoloration, redness, or even hair, nearly anywhere on your body.

Additionally, laser skin resurfacing treatments are more invasive than IPL treatments. Where IPL is non-ablative, meaning you don’t lose a layer of skin, ablative lasers do remove skin tissue, often leaving you with red, swollen, itchy skin after treatment.

Since IPL treatments are relatively quick and highly effective with minimal or no downtime, they are an ideal way to treat many different skin problems without the inconvenience of a recovery period or interruption in your busy schedule.

What can I expect during an IPL treatment?

As with any laser or light therapy treatment, you wear protective eyewear during the procedure. Dr. Yco or a team member may apply a cool gel to your skin to help the handheld device glide smoothly and to help regulate the temperature of your skin.

You may feel a warming sensation or something similar to the snap of a rubber band against your skin. This is typically mild and easily tolerated. Overall, IPL therapy is a relatively painless procedure.

Immediately following an IPL treatment, your skin may appear red, but that should subside in a few hours. In the weeks that follow, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the appearance of acne scars, dark spots, and other imperfections. You’ll have a smoother, more even skin tone and texture.

Find out if intense pulsed light treatment is right for you. Call the Encinitas, California, office or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.