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Why is IPL more effective than other common types of hair removal?
IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light.” It differs from a laser in that the light emitted is of many different wavelengths, instead of a single wavelength [the way a laser is]. These many different wavelengths can be used to more selectively target hair follicles while causing little or no damage to surrounding skin.

Is IPL available for all skin types?
IPL can be used on all skin types safely. But at our office, patients with darker skin types will first have a test spot done behind the ear to insure IPL will not change the skin color.

Are there any restrictions?
The procedure is safe to be done on any part of the body, but it should not be done on or around any open areas, sores or mucous membranes.

How long does a typical session last?
An IPL session can range from 15 seconds to about 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. For instance, large areas like the legs or back take longer.

What should patients expect from a typical IPL session?
IPL is relatively painless, with patients experiencing a cooling followed by a light “rubber band snapping” sensation. The light can be very bright so protective glasses are given to the patients and worn by the treating aesthetician or nurse.

How many treatments does it usually take to achieve permanent hair reduction?
Permanent hair reduction can be seen in as little as six treatment sessions, but more sessions can be required depending upon the area and number of hair follicles.

Named one of “America’s Top Doctors,” Dr. Marotta is a leading dual board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, injectable treatments and facial rejuvenation. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Marotta is actively involved in the teaching and training of other physicians and holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Marotta and his staff are trained in all the latest techniques and treatments, including IPL, and can be reached at (631) 982-2022 and