Intense Pulse Light

The application of certain wavelengths of light to the skin around the eyes has been found to reduce inflammation, reduce bacteria and demodex in the lashes, and heat up the lids to help lid expression.

The procedure is performed in the office. Make-up is removed, and gel is applied to the skin. We use the Lumenis M22 system for our IPL treatments. The handpiece is held at the skin and the treatments feel like rubber band snap. Most patients have no problem with discomfort. The first visit usually takes about an hour, and subsequent visits typically last 30 minutes. You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.

Patients typically require four treatments. Those with bothersome acne rosacea may require more. A maintenance treatment is typically performed every 6-12 month.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a thermotherapeutic (light) treatment used to reduce inflammation, while also improving lid bacterial growth as well as demodex. Treatments require about 30 minutes, but the first treatment takes about an hour due to pretreatment protocols Dr. Swartz uses to assess treatment efficacy. You will be able to return to daily activities immediately after treatment. The treatments are not significantly uncomfortable, and resemble a rubber band snap.

Current studies support the need for four treatments, which Dr. Swartz prefers to do 3-4 weeks apart. This treatment was developed based on facial treatments for acne rosacea, which is a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance.