The Laser Clinic Blog

23rd Feb 2024

What is the difference between IPL and Radiofrequency (RF) and can they be used together?


Advanced aesthetic technologies like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency (RF) have become the talk of the town. These non-invasive treatments promise fantastic results, but what makes them different, and can they be BF’s in the quest for better skin?  Our latest Blog explores the world of IPL and RF to understand what sets them apart and whether they can team up for a supercharged treatment.


IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, has had the spotlight for a while now for its effective treatment of various skin conditions and for overall skin rejuvenation. It uses a mix of light to target specific skin issues, such as sun damage or redness. IPL is fantastic for dealing with pigmentation problems and vascular lesions, but when it comes to things like collagen boost and skin tightening, it might not be the first choice go-to solution.


Now,  Radiofrequency (RF) on the other hand is a collagen boosting dream. This technology is all about giving your skin a super boost from the inside out. RF heats up the deeper layers of your skin, making it produce more collagen and tightening things up. Wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin – RF tackles them like a pro, as it targets the water molecules in the skin, and generates micro-vibrations in the tissue. This results in advanced dermal heating. The heating stimulates new collagen and elastin growth resulting in stronger, firmer dermal tissue which leads to subtle skin lifting and tightening, for more youthful looking skin.


What They Target

  • IPL is your surface-level problem-solver, targeting elastin but also taking care of pigmentation and surface redness.
  • RF is the deep-diver, working on collagen production and deeper skin issues.

How Deep They Go

  • IPL does its thing on the outer layers of your skin.
  • RF goes deep, reaching the dermal layer and doing its magic from within.

Recovery Time

  • After IPL, you might have a bit of redness, but it’s usually a quick recovery it certainly won’t impede on your daily tasks.
  • RF treatments depending on how intense they are may need a little extra time for the redness to subside but it very much depends on the person.


Simple Answer is Yes! Here at the Laser Clinic Morpeth we love putting these 2 players together. IPL and RF should be besties and work as a dynamic duo solely for your skin’s benefit! It is not just us though many other skin experts swear by the combo and it is happening far and wide. After all it is scientifically backed to prove its safety and effectiveness (See publication : Facial skin rejuvenation by combination treatment of IPL followed by continuous and fractional in National Library of Medicine radiofrequency).

Together, they tackle everything from surface blemishes to those deeper skin concerns, giving you a well-rounded glow-up.


All-Around Results

  • IPL deals with surface issues, while RF boosts collagen for long-lasting skin goodness.

Tailored Treatments

  • The combo lets you customise your treatment to tackle a variety of skin concerns in one go.

Maximised Effectiveness

  • IPL and RF complement each other, making the overall treatment super effective.
  • It is great for a wide range of ages and can be suitable for those with early signs of ageing.

When it comes to achieving radiant and youthful skin, knowing the ins and outs of IPL and RF is key when making the right decision. While each of them brings something special to the table, the real magic happens when they join forces. Combining IPL and RF treatments opens up a world of possibilities, offering a complete solution for those looking to tackle both surface and deeper skin issues. We generally advise multiple treatments for best results (typically 6 sessions).

Results are subtle, changes to collagen structure are visible several weeks after treatment and then maintenance treatments are advisable.

We advise our clients to drink plenty of water throughout the treatment courses, keeping the skin well hydrated to ensure optimum results. So as you can read we certainly know what we are doing!
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