Arbutus Laser

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

A global, comprehensive approach is key to achieving desired outcomes.

Skin Rejuvenation & Resurfacing

OUR APPROACH TO Skin Rejuvenation

Our Skin Department staff have a combined background of Medicine, Nursing and Esthetics. Our vast experience allows us to provide exceptional results for our patients whether the goal is treatment of a specific concern, prevention or regeneration.

Our team is committed to continuous learning and has undergone extensive training in laser and resurfacing treatments. We embrace every opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field. We have literally performed thousands of treatments. When you choose Arbutus Laser for your treatments, you can trust that you are in the hands of experienced professionals dedicated to helping you achieve your desired skin goals.

“Even out your skin complexion with IPL.”

If it's a concern for you,
it's one for us.

Intense Pulsed Light

WHAT IS IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is a polychromatic light (multiwavelength) technology used to target skin concerns such as irregular pigmentation, sun damage, redness, rosacea and large pores.

While IPL is often referred to as a laser, it is technically not a true laser. Instead, it utilizes a broad spectrum of wavelengths. The light energy stimulates a cell called a fibroblast to produce new collagen. Over several treatments, this new collagen often smoothes and softens the appearance of wrinkles, pore size and textural irregularities.




IPL - Spider veins and Diffuse Redness



IPL - Sun Damage & Redness


30-60 minutes depending on treatment area


2-7 days of redness, swelling, temporary pigment darkening


within 3-4 weeks


3-5 treatments every 4 weeks, maintenance every 6-12 months


mild to moderate


At Arbutus Laser, we have been at the forefront of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments since they were first invented in the late 90’s (Syneron invented the original IPL). Our highly skilled technicians have undergone extensive training in IPL technology and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments have become more refined, objective, and predictable in results treating sun damage, pigmentation, redness, rosacea and large pores more effectively and safely.

Over the years, we have seen tremendous benefits to our patients who have received on-going IPL treatments. These benefits include even complexion, decreased flushing of the skin, pore size reduction, plumper skin due to collagen production and an overall youthful appearance.

We have had the opportunity to work with many different devices and believe IPL is more target focused and provides faster results for our patients.


IPL is not safe for darker or tanned skin, and sun exposure must be avoided after treatment. Maintenance treatments are usually needed for long term benefit.


It is always our goal to provide excellent value for this service with highly skilled providers at industry average pricing.

Pricing for an IPL treatment will vary based on the treatment area and the concerns being treated, therefore, the cost of IPL ranges widely and starts at $450 per treatment.

Have more questions?

We have answers! 

Our experienced team is ready to help.


Q: Can IPL treatment be performed on all skin types?

A: IPL is best for skin types 1-4 (fair to medium skin types)

Q: Can IPL be done in other areas than the face?

A: Yes, IPL is popular in other areas such as the neck, chest, arms, shoulders, hands, and legs.

Q: Are there any specific medications that I should avoid before undergoing IPL treatment?

A: Certain medications, such as anticoagulants, retinols, and photosensitizing drugs need to be avoided prior to treatment. Discussion at the time of consultation/treatment with the physicians will provide more guidance.

Q: Is IPL treatment painful?

A: IPL treatment may cause a mild discomfort or sensation similar to a rubber band snap. Our technicians work pretty quick so it is generally well-tolerated. Cold air and gel is applied to minimize any discomfort.

Q: How long should I wait between IPL treatment sessions?

A: Treatments are usually done 3-4 weeks apart.

Q: Can IPL treatment be performed during pregnancy?

A: No, IPL laser treatment is generally not recommended during pregnancy due to the lack of safety data.

Q: Can IPL be used to treat acne scars?

A: IPL is not the most beneficial treatment used for acne scarring.

Q: Are there any specific aftercare instructions following IPL treatment?

A: Aftercare instructions include avoiding heat and intense activity for 48 hours, avoiding exfoliants and retinoids for 2 weeks and keeping out of the sun for the next 3-4 weeks. We recommend applying a mineral sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) daily. 

Q: Can IPL treatments be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

A: Yes, IPL laser can be combined with other procedures to enhance overall results. Some combinations must be done in separate visits while others do not.

Q:Can IPL be used for hair removal?

A: Some places market IPL for hair removal, but we find that we have lasers that are much more effective for hair removal.