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IPL Photofacial in San Diego

An IPL photofacial with the Lumenis Stellar M22™, our newest IPL device, is a non-invasive light therapy that targets multiple skin concerns on any skin type or tone in 15 minutes or less. IPL is the perfect “lunchtime procedure” since there’s little to no downtime. 


Minimize sun damage, brown spots, redness & more

An IPL Photofacial can treat

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Skin irregularities, rough texture, & large pores

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Sun damage, melasma, & rosacea

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Pigmented & vascular lesions

Did you know?

IPL was actually developed by our founder and medical director, Dr. Mitchel Goldman, in 1992 so you know you’re in good hands when you choose us for your treatment.

Before and after photos of a woman that had intense sun damage, the after photo shows the sun damage was repaired with IPL photo facial, San Diego, CA.
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IPL treatment results in San Diego
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Most professional and most impressive! The service from the physicians to office staff is superb!

Dr. Fabi is wonderful! I've been seeing her for over a year, and she has helped me regain my confidence.

Dr. Boen made me feel so comfortable and at ease when I talked to her. She explained everything before she did my treatment. I loved that. She was really easy to talk to.

I live in Orange County and drove all the way out to see Dr. Wu because a friend of mine referred him (she had amazing results from her face and neck procedure). Dr. Wu is truly an artist! He made me feel extremely comfortable during my procedure. I was anxious when I got there, but he (and his staff) have such great energy and are so very kind and gentle that you can't help but feel at ease! The office was immaculate and they adhered to covid rules (sanitizing, temp checks, masks). This is my go-to place from now on and Dr. Wu is my go-to guy! Can't wait to see my final results! Thank you Phyllis (pre-op) for being so wonderful and informative! You were so very helpful and kind! I'll definitely be back!

Leysin and the entire team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are fantastic. They are professional, caring and communicative. The laser treatment was comfortable, efficient and effective! I highly recommend this practice. I definitely will come back and recommend her and Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to my family and friends.

Dr. Goldman is amazing! I came here for my permanent eyeliner removal (which is not offered anywhere near me), and they are completely removed in just one session. They use a special contact lens to protect your eyes from the laser, and there are no damages to my eyelashes. The healing was also nice and smooth. They have everything you need. I live almost 3 hours away, but it was totally worth the trip. For anyone who is looking to remove their permanent makeup, this is the right place to go :)-

Dr. Butterwick is fantastic, all of her team as well. They make sure your experience is pleasant and painless as possible. My tattoo removal and my injectables look amazing. I highly recommend her for any skin treatment.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was recommended to me by my dermatologist. He recommended Dr. Monica Boen. I'm so glad I took his recommendation. Everyone here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was super nice and friendly. Very welcoming. I came here for hair removal treatment. I did 4 sessions with Dr. Boen. Dr. Boen made me feel so comfortable and at ease when I talked to her. She explained everything before she did my treatment. I loved that. She was really easy to talk to. I definitely will come back and recommend her and Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to my family and friends.

This office is awesome. My visit today was with Dr. Groff. His bed side manner is so fun and welcoming. He understood my concerns and recommended a treatment plan that I feel was reasonable. I love his staff! They take there time to make sure you understand the treatment and after care. Everyone in the office, from the front desk to the nurses in the back, are so friendly and beautiful. They are very prompt and I trust my care with CLD. I can't wait for my next visit. See you guys in a few weeks!

"Dr. Sabrina Fabi is genius! Her technique is unlike anyone, her eye is precise, and her kindness and caring manner comes from the depth of her soul. She's simply brilliant! It's no wonder people travel the country just to be treated by her."

I wish I could give them 10 stars! I had such an awesome experience for my first visit and I am referring everyone I know to this office. From the super friendly staff to the state of the art procedures, they are the cream of the crop.

“I came to participate in a research study. All of the Doctors and staff at C.L. Dermatology are very professional, warm and friendly. All our my needs were anticipated and the hospitality of this office is like a five star hotel.”

Benefits of an IPL Photofacial With The Industry Leading Stellar M22 

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Patented Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT®) delivers the most advanced therapeutic settings for the most effective treatments.

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Integrated cooling technology calms your skin with both contact and cool air before, during and after each pulse for enhanced comfort.

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Multi-application platform targets multiple skin concerns in a single session.

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Our advanced proprietary therapeutic delivery of light pulses allows for the treatment of ALL skin tones, including darker tones, without causing pigmentation abnormalities.


What is an IPL photofacial, and how does it work?

An IPL photofacial uses intense pulses of light to penetrate the skin eliminating unwanted blood vessels and irregular pigmentation as well as triggering your natural healing process. Unlike a laser, which targets skin concerns with a focused beam of light, IPL’s multiple wavelengths scatter within the skin, treating various conditions simultaneously.

What can an IPL photofacial treat?

An IPL photofacial encourages clearer, brighter skin for a glowing complexion. In a single treatment, an IPL photofacial can target:

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Brown sports
  • Redness, rosacea, and visible blood vessels
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Melasma
  • Large pores
Which areas of the body can an IPL photofacial treat?

At our office, we use the Stellar M22 IPL photofacial device to treat these concerns on the face, neck, décolletage, hands, arms and legs, shoulders, and back — nearly anywhere on the body.

How long does an IPL photofacial take?

An IPL photofacial with the Stellar M22 device typically takes about 10 minutes, making it the perfect lunchtime treatment.

Is an IPL photofacial painful?

Thanks to the Stellar M22’s Optimal Pulse Technology and integrated cooling, IPL photofacials at our office are typically much less painful than other procedures. The device’s short, powerful pulses with cooling before, during and after the pulse allow for ultra-short treatments with minimal discomfort.

Is there downtime after an IPL photofacial?

While you can typically resume your normal activities after an IPL photofacial, you may experience mild redness, skin irritation, burning, and swelling for a few hours after treatment. It is typical for the darker irregular pigmented spots to flake off with a coffee-ground appearance over a few days.

When will I see results?

You may notice visible improvements in your skin’s tone, texture, and radiance within a week of your first IPL photofacial.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients benefit from 2-4 treatments spaced a few weeks apart for visible, long-lasting results. Your board-certified dermatologist may recommend visiting for maintenance treatments every 6 months after your initial sessions. 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.

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