IPL Photofacial

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that minimizes sun spots, freckles, redness, and other signs of uneven skin tone and texture.

Fast Facts

IPL Photofacial

Years of sun exposure can lead to sunspots, age spots, freckles, and broken blood vessels. The red and brown tones make the skin appear aged and uneven. IPL turns back the hands of time by selectively destroying melanin (pigment) and hemoglobin (red blood cells) leaving behind a smoother and clearer-looking complexion. We use IPL to treat the face, chest, arms, and hands. For patients with rosacea, IPL can be used to decrease diffuse redness and prevent flushing. IPL treatment is non-invasive and ideal for treating a variety of complexion issues, including sun spots, dark spots, freckles, redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, and certain birthmarks.


  • Do not apply self tanning lotions
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Discontinue use of any harsh skincare products, peels, and aggressive scrubs


  • Treatment area is cleansed
  • Gel applied to treatment area
  • Pulses of IPL administered to the skin
  • Soothing serum applied after


  • Redness and swelling for 1-2 days
  • Treated blemishes may appear darker before fading
  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure
  • Refrain from intense exercise for 1 week


  • Results after 3-5 treatments spaced 1 month apart
  • Results noticeable several weeks after treatment
  • Upkeep treatments once every 6 months
  • Avoid sun exposure to prevent future blemishes
How long does IPL treatment take?

IPL treatments are quick, easy, and generally pain-free. You may feel a slight tingling sensation as the handpiece is passed over the treatment area. Treatment times with the Photofacial can vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. However, your entire IPL treatment will take between 30 and 60 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Results from non-invasive IPL treatments are gradual and progressive allowing for a subtle and discrete change. Some pigmented lesions will initially darken and fall off while others simply are reabsorbed into the body fading over time. You may see some improvement as early as 1-week post-treatment with your IPL procedure. Maximum benefits can be seen as collagen and elastin levels are restored over the course of 3-5 months. Many patients require a series of treatments spaced 1-month apart to achieve an optimal outcome. Once you’ve met your initial goals, single maintenance treatment can be done as needed to prolong the effects of your Photofacial series.

Is there any downtime?

While IPL is typically considered a no-downtime procedure, some patients prefer to wait to return to social engagements for up to 1-week as their skin fully heals. However, you are free to get back to your normal routine immediately with several minor restrictions after a Photofacial. A high-quality sunscreen and protective clothing are a must throughout your IPL treatments.