what is an IPL photofacial?
How do you get rid of sun damage and dark spots on your face and neck skin? We have a few suggestions at Advanced Dermatology for both men and women with hyperpigmentation issues. One of our skin rejuvenation techniques is to perform intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy with our elos Plus device by Candela. Even though it is not an invasive procedure, an IPL session can pack a punch when it comes to fighting off the aging process or the sun's damage to your skin. Call for a skin analysis at our Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX office to see if you qualify for intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.
Am I A Good Candidate For An IPL Photofacial?
An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to correct many complexion problems (especially brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery time. The best candidates for an IPL photofacial at Advanced Dermatology may have a combination of problems with their skin, including rosacea, sun damage, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, visible pores, flushing, freckles, sun and age spots, or broken capillaries. We will assess your complexion to see if you will benefit from a photofacial during your initial consultation.
What are the Benefits of IPL?
When over-the-counter creams only treat the surface of your skin, IPL therapy works by addressing the deeper layers. The intense pulsated light penetrates the skin and stimulates collagen production so the skin can repair itself, becoming firmer, smoother, and more elastic over time. Best of all, IPL treatments achieve great results with minimal discomfort and little downtime. Advanced Dermatology is proud to offer top tools to combat a wide range of issues at the same time.
"I had my first of 4 IPL (Intense pulse light)treatments for my rosacea yesterday. Avery consulted with me and thoroughly explained the procedure. She said I would see a difference after the first one, and she was right! Krystal performed the treatment. She explained the entire procedure and kept me comfortable the whole time. When it was over, Krystal gave me a mirror, and I could already see a huge difference. If you have rosacea, this is the place to go! Everyone was super nice and courteous. The office is beautiful and clean. Krystal and Avery are amazing! Go see them!"- A.B. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"Advanced Dermatology is like no other medical office I have ever visited!! The minute you walk into the League City office, you are warmly greeted and promptly checked in for your appointment! The ladies behind the desk are truly kind, knowledgeable, and helpful! It is a beautifully kept office as well! I have been seen by Dr. Pezzi, and she was thorough and answered any questions. The esthetician, Sharon, did an IPL treatment for my redness and hyperpigmentation, and she was absolutely wonderful! She took great care with the procedure, asking how I was feeling, giving me feedback on what she was seeing, just really taking her time and care with my procedure. She answered question about the IPL she was administering and gave me other suggestions for future care for my particular issues! Her manner and knowledge really impressed me! I will definitely be having additional services done with Sharon, she was outstanding! Thank you Advanced Dermatology. You deserve the 5 star rating!"- K.B. / Google / May 01, 2022
"Kendra McCarty, PA-C is so great! Saw her the first time yesterday, and she listened to my concerns, and addressed them accordingly. I have rosacea, and she was very knowledgeable, and provided a treatment plan for me to try. I also consulted with Amber Berry, LMA who is equally as awesome! Love her upbeat, confident, and straight forward personality and approach. Very personable as well. Took her time in explaining how everything would work, and provided quotes and lots of info for everything. Edited 5/10/22: Saw Sharon for the first time as Amber is working out of the Sugarland office now. Sharon is so sweet, generous, loving, caring, and makes you feel very comfortable! She did my 3rd IPL, and Dermaplaning, and even followed up with the next day to see how I was doing! So sweet and really cares! Highly recommend! Can’t wait to see Sharon again for my last IPL treatment, then I’ll be ready for some facials!"- K.F. / Google / May 11, 2022
"I struggled with acne post-partum. After evaluations from 2 other dermatologist at other facilities I finally got the treatment that was effective. Kendra McCarty was fantastic. She not only listened to my concerns but provided multiple treatment options for me to evaluate. She was the first one to explain to me the battle of "hormonal acne" and how to quickly treat. Needless to say, I am acne free and SO thankful to have been under her care and direction. I highly recommend Kendra and the office is very clean, quick with appointment times, and staff are friendly and knowledgeable."- J.A. / Google / Jun 04, 2022
"Kendra McCarty, PA-C is so great! Saw her the first time yesterday, and she listened to my concerns, and addressed them accordingly. I have rosacea, and she was very knowledgeable, and provided a treatment plan for me to try. I also consulted with Amber Berry, LMA who is equally as awesome! Love her upbeat, confident, and straight forward personality and approach. Very personable as well. Took her time in explaining how everything would work, and provided quotes and lots of info for everything. Edited 5/10/22: Saw Sharon for the first time as Amber is working out of the Sugarland office now. Sharon is so sweet, generous, loving, caring, and makes you feel very comfortable! She did my 3rd IPL, and Dermaplaning, and even followed up with the next day to see how I was doing! So sweet and really cares! Highly recommend! Can’t wait to see Sharon again for my last IPL treatment, then I’ll be ready for some facials!"- K.M. / Google / May 28, 2022
what is an ipl photofacial good for?
IPL works deep within the layers of your skin to improve many complexion concerns (especially mild acne scars, brown spots, facial redness, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, redness, and rosacea) with little or no downtime. Candidates for IPL at Advanced Dermatology may also have a combination of concerns with their skin, including rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, melasma, or broken capillaries. We will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for IPL at a private consultation.
how is an ipl photofacial performed?
IPL is performed inside one of our Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX offices in about 20 – 30 minutes in our minor procedures room. To start the treatment, your IPL provider will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special protective shields. The IPL will be administered using the elos Plus laser. It will pass over the skin while emitting pulses of light energy. Whereas most patients will feel some discomfort during an IPL session, it is generally tolerable for short periods of time. Add on extra time if you plan to have other treatments at the same time.
how many ipl sessions will i need?
There is no downtime associated with a photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little swollen and pink. This will decrease on its own as the day continues — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Advanced Dermatology advises patients to keep an ointment on the skin's surface to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take medication to reduce swelling. Over the course of several days, the sun damage and other irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's important to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial and to not pick at your skin. While you should see some visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL sessions. Our practitioners recommend 3 – 6 treatments performed around once a month at Advanced Dermatology.
IPL Photofacial FAQ
How much does an IPL photofacial cost?
Your complexion issues are unique, which means the cost of IPL will vary based on your unique goals. Advanced Dermatology offers special deals sometimes, and we accept most payment methods. During your initial visit, your technician can estimate your cost and determine how many sessions are needed to fit your needs and goals.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Visible improvements can be seen after your session, but the best results are visible about one month after a full series of treatments is completed. It’s common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. You will notice gradual improvements in redness, blotchiness, age spots, and sun spots over time.
What are the possible side effects of an IPL photofacial?
You may have mild side effects like temporary redness, swelling, bruising, blisters, or crusting. This should subside 2 – 3 days following your treatment. You will be sun sensitive, and you should keep in mind that sun exposure will affect the results of the procedure. We also recommend using sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent problems like spots and redness.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
To prepare for an IPL photofacial treatment, patients are asked to skip sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the appointment. You may be asked to discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova several days before your procedure, and you may want to start taking aspirin or ibuprofen a week before the procedure to help prevent bruising. You also need to use sunscreen since your skin will be extra sensitive.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
Multiple IPL photofacial sessions are better to provide gradual, natural-looking improvements to your skin. Each treatment helps to diminish spots and other surface irregularities. Several sessions also produce longer-lasting improvements.
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