intense pulsed light therapy and skin care

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy and General Skin Care Enhance Aesthetic Injections

When beginning medical aesthetics training, it’s important to become fully immersed in the broad spectrum of treatments available. For new injectors training to become certified in injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, a growing knowledge of intense pulsed light (IPL) – and other skin care therapies –  is critical to overall success and ensures patient loyalty. By strengthening your knowledge of medical aesthetics and skin care, the proper advanced and complimentary recommendations can be made to patients.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses a high intensity, non-laser light source1 as a treatment for skin conditions such as age spots, sun-damaged skin, undesired hair growth, benign pigmented epidermal lesions (such as freckles), cutaneous lesions (such as scars) and vascular lesions (such as spider veins). Unlike lasers, which use only one wavelength of light, IPLs use many.

IPL therapy helps enhance the condition of the skin, which contributes to the success of clinical outcomes of aesthetic injections such as Botox and dermal fillers. IPL treatments improve skin tone and texture and also stimulate collagen production. When a patient is seeking an improvement in their appearance with aesthetic injections they should also be encouraged to add quality daily skin care products and IPL for further enhancement, and optimization, of their injectables.

Skin Care and Aesthetic Injections

In addition to treatments such as IPL therapies, general skin care helps enhance the effect of aesthetic injections. In order to improve physical outcomes, as well as patient satisfaction and self-esteem, a strong emphasis must be placed on skin care before and after injection procedures. At home skin care can enhance areas not addressed by injections, which contributes to a more youthful appearance overall.

The Effect of Skin Care Following Aesthetic Injections

While proper skin care involving minimizing sun exposure, wearing sunscreen daily, and treating problems as they develop (with IPL and other modalities) is important on their own these practices are critical to also maintaining results obtained from neurotoxins and dermal fillers. Patients will invest thousands of dollars on aesthetic injections but if they don’t maintain their skin, and general, health it could be all for naught. Aesthetic injections should not be stand-alone procedures especially if the patient  is unable to maintain their overall health and skin integrity.


When beginning medical aesthetic injection training, it’s important to become versed in complementary treatments such as IPL therapy. Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy partners with Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics, located in Portland, Oregon. Spectrum offers comprehensive medical aesthetics and laser training, which includes intense pulsed light therapy. Enhance your aesthetic injection training and professional expertise by furthering your knowledge of IPL therapy and general skin care at Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics.

  1. Goldberg, David J. (2012). Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.
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