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IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL™ photorejuvenation, also known as Intense pulsed light photorejuvenation or Intense pulsed light photofacial, is a treatment that addresses a variety skin conditions or discoloration of the skin such as:

  • acne scarring
  • birthmarks
  • blemishes
  • sun-induced age spots, freckles or wrinkles
  • symptoms of rosacea
  • unsightly veins
  • unwanted hair
  • reds and brown spots caused by sun damage

Photorejuvenation can be used to treat these conditions on almost any area of the body.

IPL™ Photorejuvenation: Frequently Asked Questions

What is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy?

IPL Photorejuvenation was pioneered by Dr. Patrick Bitters Jr. and Dr. Stephen Mullholland and is intended to improve the overall appearance of the skin by removing red and brown sundamage. During a procedure, specific wavelengths of light are applied to the sun damaged or discolored area. These wavelength absorb selectively in to two targets, melanin (brown) and Hemaglobin (red). When the energy is absorbed into the brown melanin, the energy becomes heat and bakes the melanin like a crust of bread. Within a few hours the melanin will become as much as 50% darker and the over a 10-14 day period will gently slough off, leaving behind cleaner, clearer more beautiful skin. When the energy absorbs into the red hemoglobin, the energy again converts to heat causing the blood vessels coagulate and shut down. Some of these vessels will disappear immediately while others will be reabsorbed by the body between a 2 and 3 week period. There are many claims that Intense pulsed light Photorejuvenation will stimulate collagen. While there may actually be some collagen stimulation, I would never recommend this procedure if your primary concern is lines and wrinkles.

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Is IPL photorejuvenation safe?

Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation is one of if not the safest treatment you can have performed. During the treatment we use a device that blows ice cold air on the treatment area, this significantly reduces discomfort and temporary side effects associated with the procedure. Temporary side effects such as, redness, swelling and stinging are possible but uncommon.

When we say this procedure is safe, you must always understand a procedure is only as safe as the technician performing it.

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What results can I expect after IPL treatment?

The first few hours (3-4) after the treatment your skin will be red and feel like a mild sunburn. We recommend soft gel ice packs for the first several hours after the treatment to help get the heat out of the skin. This will also minimize the potential for swelling and should help redness go away quicker. Within eight hours of the treatment any brown spots you have will become 25-35% darker. This is the expected initial outcome of the treatment. Over the next 14 days the brown spots will naturally and gently slough off. By week 3 your skin should start showing a marked improvement and will continue to improve through week 6. The end result, whether you need one or a series of treatments will be clearer, brighter and fresher skin.

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Are multiple treatment sessions recommended?

In many cases we see exceptional results after one treatment but depending on the severity of the sundamage, a series of treatments may be necessary.

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What is the average cost of IPL treatment?

$300 per treatment for a full face

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Are there side effects associated with IPL photorejuvenation?

The side effects associated with Intense Pulsed Light are temporary. The milder ones are redness of the treated area along with a mild sunburn sensation. Brown spots will turn temporarily darker and will slough off in 7-10 days. The more severe of the temporary side effects are swelling and bruising. while rare they can occur but are temporary and will resolve.

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What are the advantages of IPL photorejuvenation vs. laser treatment?

Many! The current Intense Pulse Light technology has a built in cooling tip that contacts the skin, cooling the skin before, during and after each pulse. The Intense Pulse Light treats reds and browns simultaneously. There are very few if any lasers that can treat browns and reds in the same treatment or that offer contact cooling.

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