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IPL technology offers several benefits:

  • Reduce Rosacea breakouts and reduce facial redness and flushing
  • Reduce fine wrinkling, freckling and brown spots due to sun damage
  • Smooth skin texture and reduce pore size
  • Reduce irregular pigmentation and enhance skin tone

Our Laser specialist ARNP, can selectively diminish unwanted vessels and brown spots by tuning light waves onto blood cells and pigments, causing these unsightly spots to fade. This procedure can be with little to no downtime. An additional advantage is that this procedure even causes the collagen under the treated skin to get thicker, helping reduce fine lines, wrinkles. IPL offers improvements to mottled sun damage.

The face, neck and chest can all be treated. The overall quality, texture and skin tone is improved. The skin is noticeably smoother and looks better. The treatments are usually a series of three to five sessions, three weeks apart, (although longer intervals are also acceptable). Each treatment is personalized to the individual’s needs to maximize improvement.


Each treatment takes 30-60 minutes. A numbing cream is applied 30 minutes before the procedure to eliminate practically any discomfort. Next, a cooling gel is placed onto the skin and flashes of focused intense light pulses are passed over the area. There is minor discomfort after the treatment, although immediately after the procedure tiny capillaries may flush a bit and brown spots may appear slightly darker. However, make up can be worn right away, and all of these changes fade over a period of hours to a few days. There may be some mild redness and short term swelling, but only occasional minor bruising.

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. People with visible aging from the sun can expect to see their skin become smoother with a decrease in fine wrinkles, and fading of sunspots. Many people with Rosacea see an improvement in breakouts and are able to decrease their medications. On average we see about 25-50% reduction in wrinkles, 70% reduction in redness, and 70% improvement in skin smoothness.

By comparison, IPL, / Photoderm/FotoFacial treatments can reduce facial redness, have no down time, and a risk of scarring close to zero. Light Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion smooth the surface texture of the skin and clean pores. These are wonderful surface treatments that brighten dull skin, reduce brown sun-spots and help acne breakouts. The FotoFacial treatment removes brown spots as well, but also treats red capillaries and stimulates collagen production for fine wrinkles. Photoderm uses the same intense pulsed light technology as FotoFacial, but in a different way. With Photoderm we can specifically target red vessels in the skin, e.g. red birthmarks, spider angiomas, spider veins or ‘broken capillaries’, and can also focus in on specific bothersome brown spots. Photoderm is a spot treatment instead of an area treatment like FotoFacial. It works very well, but can cause bruising that lasts one week (two at the most). The treated area can be covered with make-up.

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