IPL Photofacial Overview
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, which many in San Diego and the surrounding areas of Southern California tend to do, your skin and appearance can be dramatically affected. Common signs of sun damage include rough, dull texture, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, visible blood vessels, and diffuse skin redness.
An IPL photofacial can address all of these issues. Just like going to the dentist for a teeth cleaning is necessary to keep your teeth healthy and white, regular IPL treatments keep your complexion radiant and youthful. IPL treatments can also be combined with other laser treatments for more effective results.
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology now offers easy online booking to make scheduling quick and easy for our patients!
The Cosmetic Laser Dermatology Difference
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, located in San Diego, CA, our board-certified dermatologists and physician assistant are proud to offer a comprehensive variety of 60+ laser treatments to suit our patients’ unique skincare needs.
We offer the latest IPL devices at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology including the all-new Stellar M22™. All IPL devices are not the same. The Lumenis M22 and Stellar M22 IPLs are the safest and most effective on the market. They can treat virtually any skin type because of their patented Optimal Pulse Technology, which is ONLY found on the Lumenis IPL machines.
Not only did Dr. Mitchel Goldman help develop the first intense pulsed light device for treating common skin issues, but six of our dermatologists have been involved in numerous research studies involving IPL, giving our team the most experience performing IPL treatments than any other practice in the country.
Common Conditions and Treatment Areas
IPL photofacials using the original Lumenis M22 or upgraded Stellar M22 are not solely for full-face photo rejuvenation; they’re excellent for improving the appearance of other parts of the body, as well, including the hands, arms, neck, and chest.
IPL is effective for a wide range of skin conditions, including:
- Sun damage, brown spots and other pigmented lesions
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Unwanted hair
- Spider veins
- Large pores
- Rosacea and redness
- Skin irregularities
- Hyperpigmentation including melasma
- Blood vessels or vascular lesions
- Rough skin texture
Benefits of IPL:
- Removes or reduces broken facial capillaries
- Fades fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes redness
- Smooths rough skin
- Erases skin irregularities
- Improves skin discoloration
- Shrinks pores
How much does IPL photofacial treatment cost in San Diego?
Because each patient has a unique treatment plan, cost varies from patient to patient. Visit our Promotions page to learn about the latest deals on our services.
Schedule An IPL Photofacial at Our Medical Spa Today
Our board-certified dermatologists are currently accepting new patients and will be happy to meet with you to discuss if IPL photofacial is the right skin rejuvenating treatment for you. Contact our medical spa to schedule your consultation or to book your IPL treatment session.
What to Expect
An IPL treatment uses high-intensity pulses of light to penetrate the skin and trigger your natural healing process. The device can target multiple skin concerns in a single treatment. The Stellar M22 is highly effective in treating pigmented lesions and sun damage with powerful, short pulses and integrated cooling between pulses to reduce the risk of skin damage.
An IPL photofacial is remarkable in its efficiency. Your skin and subdermal tissue absorb the gentle yet penetrating light. If you’re having treatment for a vascular lesion, the light is absorbed by the blood. If you’re being treated for a pigmented lesion, the melanin in the skin absorbs the light and is then naturally eliminated by the body.
Each IPL Facial session lasts about 10-15 minutes each, and patients usually undergo 2-3 sessions every 1-2 months for maximum effectiveness.
No anesthesia is used, but a cooling gel and cold air helps to minimize pain. Patients experience minimal pain and compare it to a mild rubber band snap.
IPL facials are performed only on an outpatient basis.
IPL facials cause minimal side effects, and mild swelling, soreness, tenderness, redness, or irritation should subside within a few days.
IPL is not recommended for patients who have recently undergone a tan from the sun, because the laser will not be able to differentiate between the tanned skin color and the underlying darker pigmentation of deeper layers of the skin. Complications that may arise from this include blistering and burning.
Recovery From an IPL Photofacial Treatment:
There is little to no recovery time associated with IPL facial. Patients can expect to go back to whatever they were doing that day, but it is recommended that they stay out of the sun. due to how sensitive the skin may be right after treatment. Our board-certified dermatologists may recommend touch-up treatments every six months to maintain your results.
Now you can schedule your IPL sessions quickly and easily using our online booking form.
Q: What is IPL?
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a light treatment designed to improve the skin by penetrating deep to repair melanin-related issues or to minimize those involving blood vessels. An IPL photofacial delivers noticeably smoother, fresher, and healthier skin.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
Generally, since a cooling gel and cold air is used during treatment, most of our patients report minimal pain; the most common description is that the laser feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin.
Q: How long does each session take?
IPL treatments are usually performed within 5-15 minutes, although this can vary depending on the extent of the treatment you are undergoing (e.g., how broad an area or the number of areas being treated, etc.).
Q: How many sessions will I need?
The number of IPL sessions you require depends on your aesthetic goals and the condition of your skin. Typically, you can expect a series of 2-3 treatments every 1-2 months. Touch-up sessions may be necessary every 6 months to maintain your desired results.
Q: What can I expect post-treatment?
After an IPL photofacial, little to no recovery time is needed. After a treatment session, you can go right back to work or whatever your plans are for that day. Any postoperative redness is to be expected and will fade naturally.
Q: How long will my results last?
Before undergoing an IPL treatment, the skincare specialists at CLDerm will discuss with you the proper aftercare techniques that help prolong results. A simple rule of thumb is the following: the better you care for your skin, the longer the results will last. Many of our patients have seen their results last for several years, coming in every year to touch up age spots or to simply rejuvenate their skin.
Q: Is an IPL photofacial effective for all skin types?
An IPL photofacial treatment is effective for all skin types.
Q: Is IPL effective even when you have a tan?
An IPL treatment is not recommended for patients who have a genuine tan from the sun (exposure to UV rays) or even a fake tan (sprays or lotions) because the light cannot differentiate between the tanned surface skin color and the darker pigmentation at deeper layers of the skin. Even a minor tan can cause unwanted side effects, such as blisters. Patients should allow the tan to fully fade over a period of 2 to 4 weeks prior to an IPL treatment.
Q: What side effects are there?
IPL photofacials have a strong track record of safety. Typical side effects are temporary and include mild swelling, soreness, tenderness, and redness or irritation.
Q: How much does IPL photofacial treatment cost?
Because an IPL treatment is customizable, the cost varies from patient to patient. For example, if you have treated over a small area and/or for just a few age spots, your cost for treatment may be lower than for another patient undergoing more extensive treatment or having many areas being treated. Contact our dermatology experts today to learn more about pricing and financing for our skin care treatments.
Q: Will an IPL treatment increase photosensitivity?
If you are more sensitive to light than you were before treatment, it’s possible that certain medications or topical skincare products are contributing to this change.
In any case, we always advise that you cover up as much as possible when in the sun, particularly following an IPL photofacial. Hats, long pants, long-sleeved tops, and broad-spectrum sunscreen are your best defenses against recurring damage.
Q: Is IPL the best treatment for uneven skin tone?
The best way to know this for sure is to see your trusted neighborhood dermatologist.
Q: Does IPL always work for freckles?
IPL’s efficacy against freckles depends on a number of factors, including your skin type, the kind of freckle you want to be treated, how your skin reacts to laser energy, and the skill/technique of the practitioner performing the procedure. For the best advice, schedule a consultation with San Diego’s Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.
Q: What is the difference between IPL and laser resurfacing?
IPL uses a broad spectrum of light to target a variety of skin concerns in one session, while laser resurfacing uses a single wavelength of light to deliver precise energy to specific skin tissues. IPL is typically a gentler process compared to laser resurfacing.
Clear + Brilliant is a great alternative to IPL for pigmented lesions. It is a gentler version of a traditional fractional resurfacing treatment. Clear + Brilliant noticeably improves hyperpigmentation, brown spots, sun damage, and large pores without damaging the skin.
Although an IPL photofacial treatment is an excellent standalone treatment for a variety of skin conditions, it can be combined with other procedures for even more enhanced results. Along with simple proper skin care, these can include chemical peels, various types of non-invasive lasers treatments, and injectables. To learn which expert cosmetic treatments will work best for you, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today.
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