Cosmetic Services

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Sun exposure damages our skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, texture and pigment irregularities, and age spots. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials at Greenbrae Dermatology can reverse sun damage and treat redness, broken capillaries, and facial veins to restore a radiant, youthful complexion.*

How Does IPL Work?

IPL isn’t a laser treatment, even though it’s similar. Unlike lasers, which deliver a steady beam of a single wavelength to the skin, IPL treatments produce light of multiple wavelengths that is more scattered and less focused than a laser. Also, IPL treatments penetrate to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to your skin.*

The red or brown pigmentation absorbs the light energy, which passes through the skin. That breaks up dark pigmentation and promotes the growth of new collagen and elastin for firmer skin.* The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.* Different wavelengths are used to target specific conditions in addition to hyperpigmentation.

Who Can Benefit From IPL?     

Intense pulsed light gently, yet effectively, rejuvenates your skin with little to no downtime.* IPL is ideal for patients bothered by:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage and hyperpigmentation
  • Redness from acne and rosacea
  • Broken capillaries or facial veins

Our medical team adjust the wavelengths to address the specific condition bothering the patient. IPL treatments are effective on the face, hands, décolleté and shoulders to even out skin tone and color and promote smoother, more youthful-looking skin.*

*Disclaimer, results may vary from person to person.

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501 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Suite 200
Greenbrae, California 94904

Phone number:

(415) 925-0550



Open Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm PST
Saturday: 8am – 4pm PST
Sunday: CLOSED

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