WHAT IS IPL?
If the presence of dark spots or sun damage has caused you to feel insecure with the appearance of your skin, Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer advanced and effective IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy for patients who qualify for the treatment. An IPL photofacial is a skin rejuvenation service designed to help women and men with hyperpigmentation (such as dark spots, sun damage, etc.) on their neck and face. IPL is a noninvasive procedure that is incredibly safe, efficient, and produces stunning outcomes for many individuals. Using the state-of-the-art Cynosure Icon, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino sends intense wavelengths of light that raise the temperature of the skin cells just high enough to initiate the natural healing process and increase collagen production. As the added nutrients take effect, you should see a healthier layer with an improved tone and fewer pigmentation irregularities.
WHO CAN GET IPL?
An IPL photofacial reaches deep within the layers of your skin to target a range of complexion issues (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with minimal or no post-treatment downtime. The best candidates for an IPL photofacial at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery are those who have a combination of concerns with their complexion, including sun damage, rosacea, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, melasma, age and sun spots, or dilated capillaries. Dr. Tamburrino will examine your complexion and help you to determine if you could benefit from IPL treatments during your private consultation.
HOW DOES IPL WORK?
A photofacial is completed at our Doylestown, PA office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our private treatment rooms. To start the process, a member of our team will wash and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with shields. An IPL photofacial with the Cynosure Icon is performed using a handheld wand that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. Although most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL, it's generally tolerable given the short treatment time.
What to Expect
There is no downtime associated with an IPL photofacial, but you may leave your appointment with your skin a little inflamed and red. This will subside naturally in about a day, but you can cover the discoloration with cosmetics if you wish. Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery will advise you to apply an ointment to the skin to decrease irritation and promote healing. It also helps to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to ease swelling as you recover.
Over the next 2 – 5 days, the sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then begin to flake away. It's important to protect your skin from the sun at all times and to not pick at your skin after an IPL photofacial. While you should notice some visible improvements after your first session, your skin will attain its best results after several photofacial treatments. Dr. Tamburrino typically recommends 3 – 6 sessions performed every four weeks to achieve ideal results.
Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin's health when you were a child. However, once skin damage (such as hyperpigmentation and other issues) starts to become visible, you now may be expressing interest in treatments to improve the tone and texture of your skin. We encourage you to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our Doylestown, PA office and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team. With IPL laser treatments at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help you achieve a youthful glow and a smoother complexion.