An IPL treatment (or photofacial) is a laser treatment that uses pulsed light therapy to improve the skin’s appearance. A photofacial in Frederick, MD, using our Palomar StarLux laser, is a comfortable and effective option to improve your skin tone. PhotoFacials can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions:
IPL treatments with Maryland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Will are quick and effective, with little-to-no downtime. After your treatment, you can return to work or other regular activities immediately.
A handpiece will be moved over the treated areas, filtering light to target blood vessels and pigmented lesions. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments for a variety of skin conditions. You will notice a flashing light, audible tone and a mild sensation on your skin when the handpiece is active. You may experience a feeling similar to that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin, but most patients find that this sensation is not painful. It is typical to have a few visits to treat conditions such as sunspots, rosacea and vessels.
After your photofacial, you will most likely experience a mild sunburn sensation. Occasionally, this may be accompanied by minor swelling. When present, swelling and sensation usually last 2-24 hours, and a cold gel or ice pack can be used to soothe the area.
Depending on the skin condition treated, you will often see results within 1-2 weeks:
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