WANT THE CONFIDENCE THAT COMES WITH KNOWING YOU LOOK YOUR BEST? GET YOUR FREE CONSULTATION Eliminate Sun Blemishes with IPL CASE STUDIES SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS SEE MORE PHOTOS Eliminate Sun Blemishes with IPL IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Therapy Procedure a) Elimination of blemishes, acne scars and a variety of other unwanted skin problems for facial rejuvenation, or b) removal of unwanted hair by non-invasive delivery of intense pulses of light to superficial and deep layers of the skin in 4 to 6 treatment sessions. Length Each session takes about 20 minutes to 45 minutes. Anesthesia Most patients do not require anesthesia, but a topical anesthetic may be applied. Place of Treatment A physician’s office-based facility. Side Effects a) Swelling: Patients may experience mild swelling and some redness after IPL treatment that usually subsides within a few days. b) Blistering: Some patients may have blistering in the treated area after IPL therapy. c) Hyper/hypo-pigmentation: Hyper/hypo-pigmentation (darkened/lightened skin color) may occur for some patients and lasts between 3 to 12 months after IPL treatment. Permanent changes in skin pigmentation only happen in rare cases. Risks Scarring: Blistering and slight bleeding may occur in some patients. Although rare, blistering and bleeding may lead to permanent scarring in rare cases. Recovery Patients are recommended to stay out of direct sun light for 2 weeks and should avoid strenuous activity such as exercising for the first 36 hours after IPL therapy. Most patients can resume normal activity immediately after treatment. Recovery If patients keep their skin well be protected from the sun and receive a full series of treatments, the results of photorejuvenation can last up to 1 year. IPL therapy for unwanted hair removal is considered a permanent solution. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Am I a good candidate for IPL therapy? Individuals who are prone to keloid scarring, are dark-skinned, are darkly tanned, or are sensitive to burns may not be good candidates for IPL therapy because they are more likely to suffer from unwanted scarring and changes in skin pigmentation. The best candidates are of European descent and have highly elastic, non-oily skin. However, IPL therapy has been successfully performed on individuals with all kinds of skin types and you should not be discouraged to consult with a physician about IPL therapy based on your skin type. Individuals of all ages seeking to eliminate blemishes, acne scars and many other types of skin problems, or would like to permanently remove unwanted hair will benefit from IPL treatment. Individuals using blood-thinning medication, are diabetic, pregnant or have special conditions such blood clotting disorder are not suitable candidates for IPL treatment. What does IPL therapy involve? Most patients do not require any anesthesia for IPL therapy; however, some individuals may request a topical anesthetic that is applied 20 minutes prior to treatment. A cold gel is also applied to the area being treated. Once the patient is prepared and wearing laser safety goggles, intense bursts of light are delivered to the skin surface non-invasively using a hand-held device. Patients may experience moderate to no pain, which has been described to feel like a rubber-band pinch. Patients can resume normal activity immediately after surgery. Each treatment session lasts approximately 20 to 45 minutes and 4 to 6 sessions are usually required. The treatment sessions are usually performed every 3 to 4 weeks. How do I plan my IPL therapy? While IPL therapy does not require any pre-treatment tests because of its non-invasiveness, patients should discuss any special conditions with their physician. For example, the safety of IPL therapy has not been tested on patients under 18 years of age, and are pregnant or breastfeeding. How do I prepare for IPL therapy? Patients undergoing IPL therapy should avoid taking aspirin and drinking alcohol one week prior to treatment in order to minimize bruising and bleeding at the treatment site and maintain normal blood circulation. Patients should also make sure that the area to be treated is not infected prior to treatment. It is recommended that patients protect their skin from UV exposure before and after IPL therapy. What results can I expect after IPL therapy? If patients keep their skin will protected from the sun and receive a full series of treatments, the results of photo rejuvenation can last up to 1 year. Patients usually notice an improvement in the texture, color and tone of their skin, in addition to decreased redness after IPL therapy. IPL therapy for unwanted hair removal is considered a permanent solution. Most patients are extremely satisfied with the results of IPL therapy and are amazed at the short recovery time and absence of pain. Where will my IPL therapy be performed? IPL therapy is usually performed at a physician’s office-based facility. Therefore, it is extremely important for patients to make sure that the office facility is accredited by a surgical accreditation body such as AAAASF What type of anesthesia will be used for my IPL therapy? Since IPL therapy is expected to cause little or no pain, most patients do not receive any anesthesia. In some cases, patients may opt for a topical anesthetic cream that is applied 20 minutes prior to treatment. What should I expect after IPL therapy? Since IPL therapy is a non-invasive procedure, you can resume most normal activities immediately after surgery. However, patients should avoid touching and washing the treated area within 6 hours after IPL therapy. Patients may experience some redness and mild swelling after treatment that usually disappears within a few hours to a few days. Due to the increased sensitivity of your skin after treatment, patients should protect the treated area from UV exposure for 2 weeks. Patients should wear a high factor broad spectrum sunscreen at all times. It is also recommended that patients avoid strenuous activities for the first 36 hours after IPL therapy. When will I be able to return to work following IPL therapy? Patients can return to work immediately after surgery. However, patients with jobs that entail sun exposure to the treated area may require longer work restrictions because patients should avoid UV exposure for the first 2 weeks after IPL therapy. Are there any side effects associated with IPL therapy? a) Swelling: Patients may experience mild swelling and some redness after IPL treatment that usually subsides within a few days. b) Blistering: Some patients may have blistering in the treated area after IPL therapy. c) Hyper/hypo-pigmentation: Hyper/hypo-pigmentation (darkened/lightened skin color) may occur for some patients and last between 3 to 12 months after IPL treatment. Permanent changes in skin pigmentation only happen in rare cases. Are there any risks associated with IPL therapy? Scarring: Blistering and slight bleeding may occur in some patients. Although rare, blistering and bleeding may lead to permanent scarring in some cases. HOW OUR PATIENTS FEEL ABOUT US: 5 Stars I am very happy with my breast augmentation results! 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