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IPL Photo Rejuvenation

IPL Photo Rejuvenation - IPL - Greater Washington D.C. Area*

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Overview

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.

Procedure Information

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. 

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.

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Average Cost  
$350 - $425
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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IPL Photo Rejuvenation FAQs

Quick Results?

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.

Side Effects?

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.

* All information subject to change. All gallery images contain real patients and are the property of Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.