PHOTOFACIAL / IPL for PIGMENTATION/DULLNESS

The skin rejuvenation laser is also known as photofacial or IPL. Our laser uses less light energy compared to other IPL machines, so you have a lower chance of side effects.

This treatment targets age spots, sunspots, rosacea, and red capillaries.

It evens the tone of your skin and improves the texture of your skin.

After the treatment, you can notice a reduction in pore size and an increase in skin smoothness.

Most patients derive maximal benefit from 3 to 5 treatments spaced about every 3 to 4 weeks.

Your whole face can be treated.

The treatment feels like a rubber snap sensation.

Unlike other laser procedures, no anesthetic is required.

Brown spots including freckles and age spots will gradually get lighter with each treatment.

After the treatment session, you can immediately resume your normal daily activity.

How IPL works

Our technology uses intense pulse light and bipolar radiofrequency to target the brown and reds in your skin.  The laser uses less light energy compared to other IPL machines, so you have a lower chance of side effects.  With each treatment your brown spots will gradually get lighter.  Most patients derive maximal benefits from 3 to 5 treatments spaced about every 3 to 4 weeks.

What you can expect during your IPL treatment

Most people do not experience much pain with our photofacials and do not need any numbing cream.  If you feel you may need numbing cream, please come in 15 minutes earlier and tell us, so we may apply the cream before your treatment time.  You will feel a rubber band snap and some heat.  After your photofacial, your skin looks like you just had a regular facial.  You can immediately resume your normal daily activity.  In the following days, your spots may initially get darker and then lighten in 2 weeks.  You may also get “coffee ground” looking spots on your face that will slough off in 3-10 days.

Areas that can be treated

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Back

What you need to do before IPL treatment

Please avoid tanning the area to be treated. If you do go out in the sun, use complete sun block (>SPF), applied 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. Deeply tanned skin should be treated 4 to 6 weeks after active sun exposure. Schedule your treatments when you are not having your menstrual period as some women experience more pain with this treatment during their menstrual periods.

For 7 days before treatment, avoid taking anticoagulants (including baby aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, flax, fish oil and extra vitamin C and E). However, if you have been prescribed an anticoagulant (such as heparin or warfarin, Naprosyn, or any other blood thinner), then you must get permission from your treating doctor to have the treatment.

For 2 to 3 days prior to treatment, discontinue any irritant topical agents, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, resorcinol, and retinoic acid.

If possible, arrive with clean skin. There should be no lotion, sunscreen, make-up, perfume, powder, bath or shower oil, or deodorant present on the skin area to be treated. Your skin should be clean. If you do come in with something on your skin, please inform us, so we may clean your skin prior to the treatment. The treatment needs to penetrate the skin, so lotions such as sunscreen and make-up will block the light and then you will have a less effective treatment.

After treatment instructions

Please avoid tanning the area to be treated. If you do go out in the sun, use complete sun block (>SPF), applied 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. Deeply tanned skin should be treated 4 to 6 weeks after active sun exposure. Schedule your treatments when you are not having your menstrual period as some women experience more pain with this treatment during their menstrual periods.

For 7 days before treatment, avoid taking anticoagulants (including baby aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, flax, fish oil and extra vitamin C and E). However, if you have been prescribed an anticoagulant (such as heparin or warfarin, Naprosyn, or any other blood thinner), then you must get permission from your treating doctor to have the treatment.

For 2 to 3 days prior to treatment, discontinue any irritant topical agents, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, resorcinol, and retinoic acid.

If possible, arrive with clean skin. There should be no lotion, sunscreen, make-up, perfume, powder, bath or shower oil, or deodorant present on the skin area to be treated. Your skin should be clean. If you do come in with something on your skin, please inform us, so we may clean your skin prior to the treatment. The treatment needs to penetrate the skin, so lotions such as sunscreen and make-up will block the light and then you will have a less effective treatment.


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