Before and After: IPL PhotoFacial
Uneven skin tone is a common aesthetic problem we all notice as we age especially if we have an active lifestyle out in the sun. After years of sun exposure, you will notice brown spots, freckles, sun spots. You may also notice unwanted vessels around your nose or rosacea on your cheeks. These common concerns can now be removed and you can reveal your glowing complexion with skin revitalization.
IPL PhotoFacial with Cynosure’s Icon™ device is one of the most powerful devices made. It is ideal for reducing the appearance of pigment on your face, chest or hands including age spots, sun damage, freckles or birthmarks. It is also the perfect solution for unwanted vessels on your face including spider veins, broken vessels or rosacea (redness/flushing of the cheeks). In just a few quick treatment sessions you will see a reduction in the appearance of brown spots and vessels leaving you with a more even skin tone and beautiful looking skin.
These are actual patients at Babcock Dermatology, please do not copy photos.
Before and After: IPL PhotoFacial
Before and After: IPL angioma forehead
Before and After: Icon laser face treatment
Before and After: Icon laser for dark spots on hands
Before and After: Icon laser upper face treatment
How IPL Photo Rejuvenation Works
Icon™ utilizes optimized intense pulsed light (IPL) technology which, unlike lasers, uses many wavelengths of light with special filters that deliver the best wavelengths to treat specific aesthetic conditions. As the handpiece glides over the area being treated, specialized pulses of light are delivered into your skin and target brown spots, sun-damage and vessels without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Once these targets absorb the energy they are destroyed and will slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process. You will see your brown spots turn darker in color and flake off over the next few weeks. You may also see an immediate improvement in your vessels with a continued clearance over the next few weeks.
What To Expect On The Day Of Treatment
Before the optimized pulsed light handpiece is used, a gel is applied to your skin where you will receive treatment. You will also be provided eye shields to protect yourself from the light during treatment.
You will feel cooling while the handpiece is gliding over the treatment area to provide a comfortable session. You may also feel a slight rubber-band like snapping when the energy is being delivered into your skin which disappears almost immediately however, a warm sensation after the treatment is common. Depending on the size of the area, treatments can take just minutes.
For a few days after your treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn but can resume your normal day to day activities immediately following treatment. Some patients experience mild swelling after treatment.
Brown spots became darker
Clearer skin a few weeks after treatment
Preparing for Photo Rejuvenation
- Remove all make-up and lotions prior to the treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Stop tretinoin, Retin-A, Differin, Retinol, hydroquinone, bleaching products, glycolic and salicylic acid products 5-7 days prior to treatment.
- Take Valtrex pills if you have a history of cold sores.
Post Treatment Instructions For Skin Revitalization
- Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days.
- Avoid sun exposure on the treated area and use a sunscreen SPF 45 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
- The pigment may initially look raised/darker with a reddened perimeter. The pigment will gradually turn darker over the next few days and begin crusting and eventually flaking off of the skin from day 7-21.
- The vessels may undergo immediate graying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about 10-14 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why have IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments at Babcock Dermatology?
Dr. Melissa Babcock completed a laser fellowship at The University of California, San Francisco in 2002. Since that time she has worked with many lasers. She has spent time researching which laser would be best for her practice. The Cynosure Icon™ laser/IPL system stood out as the best in class. It is the highest powered IPL system on the market, delivering world class results. The Cynosure Icon™ laser/IPL system has many hand pieces to treat conditions that patients care about most, namely pigment, redness and skin rejuvenation.
What type of pigment can be treated?
Icon™ is designed to treat age spots, sun damage and freckles on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs and feet.
What type of vessels can be treated?
Icon™ is designed to treat spider veins and broken vessels on the face, neck, and chest.
Am I a good candidate for Photo Rejuvenation?
The Cynosure Icon™ laser/IPL system can be safely used on most skin types. During your consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your skin type and treatment goals.
What type of result can I expect?
You can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of brown spots, sun damage and vessels for a more even skin tone. You will see a continued improvement over the first 6 weeks after your treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated, the sessions could range anywhere from 15-45 minutes.
What does the treatment feel like?
Most people feel only a “snap” like a rubber band followed by warmth of your skin. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece glides over the treatment area to help in providing a comfortable session.
Some people choose to apply topical lidocaine 4-5% (available at Amazon) 30 minutes prior to treatment. Do not exceed maximum dose: 5 gm per single application (approximately 6 inches of ointment squeezed from the tube). This covers a full face. Exceeding maximum dose can lead to serious side effects. Topical numbing can be applied at Babcock Dermatology for $30.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients require 3 treatment sessions for best results.
How far apart are treatment sessions?
Treatment sessions should be scheduled 3-4 weeks apart.
How much does IPL PhotoFacial cost in Atlanta?
Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated and goals of the treatment. Patients can purchase individual treatments or packages. The individual prices start at $275.
How does IPL Photo Rejuvenation work?
Specialized pulses of optimized light are used to target brown spots, sun damage and vessels without harming the surrounding skin. They absorb the energy delivered to your skin causing them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.
How quickly will I recover?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects with IPL Photo Rejuvenation?
Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you during the consultation.
Say goodbye to tired, dull skin – and hello to a brighter, younger-looking you!
Only ThreeForMe™ laser treatments address three common skin concerns – wrinkles, sun damage (brown spots) and facial veins – all within one procedure. The procedure is only 30 minutes and has minimal downtime, getting you the best results possible while still fitting within your busy schedule.
How it works
ThreeForMe™ is exclusive to the clinically-proven Icon™ laser and is performed in two steps.
- The first step addresses facial veins, discoloration, freckles and brown spots using an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.
- The second step uses a fractional Erbium laser, a “microbeam” laser technology, to stimulate collagen and elastin production – the keys to the support structure of our skin. This leads to firmer, smoother skin with fewer fine lines, wrinkles and texture irregularities.
Combining these technologies provides the benefits of both in less time – giving you the younger-looking skin you want, only sooner!
What to expect
You will see continued improvement in the skin’s appearance during and after a course of 1-3 treatments with visible results after each individual treatment. You may see results in facial veins immediately after the treatment along with a darkening of the brown spots. These spots will flake off over the next one to three weeks leaving you with a glowing appearance. Lastly, you will see progressive results on any fine lines, wrinkles or scarring over the next six months as your skin naturally responds to the treatment.
It’s as easy as one, two, ThreeForMe™. Schedule your consultation with us today!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate? ThreeForMe™ laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your skin.
How many treatments will I need? A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 sessions at one-month intervals, however, everyone’s skin conditions are different so we will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. We will discuss your specific treatment plan during the consultation.
How will the treatment feel? During ThreeForMe™ treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. Immediately after, the treatment area will feel warm for an hour or so. You may also experience some minor redness and swelling similar to mild sunburn which should resolve in a few days.
How long does the treatment take? Treatments are quick and typically take about 30-45 minutes. (Plan to be in the office at least an hour due to photos, topical numbing, preparation, etc).
How long before I can resume normal activities? Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of “social downtime”.
Is the treatment safe? ThreeForMe™ laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective. The use of the Skintel® Melanin Reader™, which electronically reads your skin tone, adds even more safety to the treatment.
Call Babcock Dermatology to learn more about IPL PhotoFacials at (404) 835-3052
We are excited to offer various treatments to help your wellbeing and look of your skin. While we strive to provide the latest content on Babcocok Dermatology’s website, is not to be taken as medical advice. Babcock Dermatology is not responsible for any omissions of information or any damages arising from the content on our website. For any treatment it is important for you to understand that results and individual experience may vary. For many dermatologic treatments common side effects include numbness, discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Rare side effects can occur. Before your cosmetic treatment we provide an informed consent which is a document with the common side effects and cost of the procedure written out. We also encourage patients to ask any questions before a treatment.