At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery in Orlando, board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto offers IPL treatments to patients who want to eliminate sunspots, acne, or hyperpigmentation. IPL stands for intense pulsed light and it uses a high-powered hand device that uses controlled broad-spectrums of light to target the outer layer of the skin. Once the surface layers of skin are destroyed, new skin growth and regeneration is stimulated to produce a fresh, clear, and smooth layer of outer skin. Treatments typically last 30 minutes - 1 hour and have little to no down time. It is commonly used to enhance facial skin, but it may also be used on the neck, chest. and hands.
Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure. With IPL, the technician utilizes pulses of light strong enough to damage skin lesions and initiates a healing process that will start production of new skin tissues. Typically, cold gel is applied on the skin to help with any discomfort. The eyes are also protected from the intense light. The treatment may only last less than 30 minutes as extended exposure to the laser may cause complications. Patients are able to return to their normal routine after a few hours.
"Bridget and Amanda made a super weird and uncomfortable procedure quite easy! I was really nervous, but their calming manner and conversation relaxed me. The Geneveve treatment was completely painless and there was no down time. My significant other thoroughly enjoys the results as well."- K.M. / Yellowpages / Jun 26, 2017
"I had a great experience with Dr. Soto and his assistance. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Soto was very helpful and did my procedure exactly how I wanted. I am very happy with my results."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 09, 2019
"My experience was excellent and the results far exceeded my expectations! Thank you, Dr. Soto!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 06, 2019
"Excellent team, awesome job, great results."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 30, 2019
"Always a wonderful experience!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 18, 2019
What to Expect
Treatment can only last for 20 minutes or less depending on the skin condition. Several sessions are required spaced every 3 weeks. The results are gradual and optimal results may be seen after several months. There may be discomfort during treatment and pain may be present but tolerable, similar to a slight sting of a rubber band snap. After treatment, the skin may appear reddish with slight swelling and blotchiness. This normally disappears after a few hours. It is very important to adhere to the technician’s post-treatment advise when it comes to care.
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IPL Photo Rejuvenation FAQs
Improvements are noticeable even after the initial treatment but optimal results may be evident after several months. The positive results of this laser treatment are gradual as the skin must be given time to heal to avoid any complications of an aggressive approach. There is no standard recovery time as patient’s condition can greatly vary.
Temporary Side Effects?
Side effects are mild. Redness, swelling, bruising are normal right after treatment. After a few days, blisters and crusting and skin peeling may be present. The patient must not pick on the skin as it is undergoing a normal process as it heals itself.
It is recommended for patients who are scheduled for an IPL photo treatment to refrain from tanners and exposure to sun 1 month prior to schedule. There are also medications that must be avoided such as minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova a few weeks before schedule. These precautions minimizes and risks of complications and reactions the laser light may cause. To help prevent bruising and excessive swelling, patients may be required to take aspirin and ibuprofen 1 week before treatment.
Although patients will not be as sensitive to sun exposure as one might think after undergoing the IPL, going out under the sun must be a limited activity especially in between treatments. Doing so may significantly affect the outcome and may cause complications. Sunblock must be regularly applied. This also helps in minimizing possible recurring skin issues like sun spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
Single Session Only?
A single session can’t last more than 30 minutes as extended exposure to IPL may be risky to the patient. An aggressive approach may bring negative effects instead of correcting skin irregularities. Several sessions are spread in between at least weeks so the resurfacing is gradual and results are also longer term as the skin heals naturally.