While the visible signs of aging can’t be avoided, they can be dramatically minimized by our board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Mountcastle. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation is a laser treatment used to balance skin tone, and reduce the amount of sunspots and age spots. At our Ashburn, VA Mountcastle Medical Spa & Laser Center, IPL is given as a non-invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of Rosacea, redness, broken capillaries and mild acne scars on the face, neck, chest and hands. Men and women who have mature or sun-damaged skin are the ideal candidates for IPL as it provides them with continual, natural improvements.
Before the laser treatment begins, a cold gel is applied to the area being treated, and patients are given protective eyewear to wear throughout the procedure. Using the IPL hand piece, the physician pulses light to the skin’s surface. Without damaging the skin, the laser is absorbed by the dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat from the laser causes damage to the vessel or lesion, so the body begins a natural healing process. After the treatment is complete, patients can immediately return to normal activities. Redness or blotchiness may last for up to 1-2 hours after the procedure.
"I had a great experience!! The entire staff was friendly and very efficient. I was offered treatment on the same day of my first appointment. It worked out perfect for me since it’s hard for me to take time off from work. Dr Mountcastle was great and did a wonderful job!!I highly recommend him !!Ana"- A.A. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
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"I have gone to many med spas and this place is the best. The lobby and ambience are so nice and relaxing. The receptionist was very friendly and Amy answered every question I had and explained all the procedures I was interested in getting. I got 20 units of Botox and other places I have gone to, have always up-sold me and I hated the results (that surprised/Joker look). Amy assured me I would still have expression but look smoother. I had minimal bruising and actually went shopping after receiving Botox and Juvederm. Amy is a pro and I will definitely be back!"- A.L. / Yelp / Dec 26, 2017
"Amazing! My first time ever getting Botox and I was pretty nervous at first and it is the best thing I could have ever done. I have also now moved on to laser hair removal and it is so worth it! Defiantly recommend mount castle medi spa to everyone. The staff is even more wonderful then the treatments! :)"- A.M. / Yelp / Dec 22, 2017
"Incredibly friendly and professional staff. Sincere empathy and desire to help. Dr. Mountcastle is an elite surgeon and makes you feel comfortable and safe."- G.G. / Google / Dec 18, 2017
What to Expect
A physician or trained medical staff member can perform an IPL Photo Rejuvenation laser treatment on patients. The procedure is gentle, safe and non-invasive, which allows for little to no recovery time. A full series of the laser treatment includes 3 to 4 sessions, with each session lasting 20 minutes every 3 weeks. Some patients may experience a slight sting, similar to the snapping of a rubber band, while the skin is being treated. All IPL treatments are customized to each patient’s skin type and condition to provide the best possible, long-lasting results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $350 - $425
- Procedure Recovery Location
IPL Photo Rejuvenation FAQs
Improvement can be seen after each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It’s common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of redness, blotchiness, sunspots and age spots over time.
Most patients experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, bruising or superficial blisters. These subside within a day or two after the procedure.
Do I Need to Prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 to 4 weeks prior to the procedure. They should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment, and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before the procedure to help prevent bruising. Patients should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Are Patients Sun Sensitive?
Patients will not be sun sensitive, but they should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will affect the results of the procedure. Patients should always wear sunscreen to protect their skin, and decrease the appearance of redness, brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
Why so Many Sessions?
A full series of IPL Photo Rejuvenation sessions are required in order to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with little to no risk of the patient’s safety. Multiple sessions also allow for longer-lasting results.