The Difference between Fractionated Laser Therapy and IPL

Many types of medical-grade aesthetics treatments can lead to confusion. That is often the case for Fractionated Laser Therapy and IPL.

Below we break down the differences between Fractionated Laser Therapy and IPL treatment types for your benefit.

What is IPL Treatment*? 

Intense Pulse Light goes by many names including IPL for sort, or even Photofacial., IPL treatment is not a laser  instead, IPL is a broad spectrum light therapy treatment that targets red and brown pigments in the skin.  Since IPL works to address pigment concerns for the skin, the treatment is GREAT for skin concerns such as:

  • Rosacea

  • broken blood vessels

  • age spots

  • pigmentation in the skin

IPL treatment can be especially helpful in  reversing sun discoloration from the summer months! 

*Please note: There are ethnic considerations with this treatment. 

What is Fractional Laser Treatment?

Fractional Laser Treatment, is a laser treatment that targets the texture of the skin. 

Fractional Laser Treatment is used to help improve skin quality by stimulating collagen production and elastin, which are known to repair skin health, youthfulness and appearance.. 

Since Fractional Laser Treatment (Pixel) is used to treat skin texture concerns, this treatment is great for:

  • fine lines

  • larger pores

  • smoothing deeper wrinkles

  • scars

  • stretch marks 

As you can see from the lists above, IPL is used for pigment and skin coloration concerns whereas Fractional Laser Treatment is used to help with skin texture and skin rejuvenation. That said, these treatments can be performed together for patients with both pigment and texture concerns....making them a great treatment duo to address multiple skin concerns all .  while stimulating collagen production. Best of all,, there is minimal downtime and can be done at the same visit! 

Interested in learning if Fractionated Laser Therapy or IPL treatment could be right for you? The medically-trained team at Mint & Needle will work with you to evaluate your skin type and goals to see if you could be a candidate for this treatment..


Book a consultation at our Middletown, DE office to discuss your skin concerns and learn more about available treatment types today.