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.
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"Amazing!!! Back in September I decided to get a breast reduction surgery and after doing my research and talking to Dr. Mountcastle before when my husband had his surgery I knew he was the one. There are a lot of plastic surgeons out there but Dr. Mountcastle made me feel comfortable he is very nice, friendly and his work is amazing. He spent the time and explained everything about the process so I was able to understand the expectation of the overall procedure. Staff was amazing too! Before and after surgery they were very nice, friendly and helpful as well. They called and checked on me after surgery and any questions I had they called back in a promptly manner. I cannot be more happy with my results. He literally changed my life and I can’t thank him enough."- M.C. / Google / Dec 20, 2018
"I met Dr. Mountcastle over 6 months ago after diligent searching for someone to support me. Firstly, he is super focused, smart and passionate about his craft. What I like most about his team is that they were thoughtful, caring, and patient as I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to any procedure. Today was my big day and while I was so scared Dr. Mountcastle was patient with me and so very kind. I would HIGHLY recommend him. Lastly, I want to that’s Fredah, the scheduling Guru who worked with my busy schedule to make my procedures affordable and timely! Thanks you to the Mountcastle Team. I look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with my network!"- S.H. / Google / Nov 28, 2018
"The best in Northern VA - I've seen Dr. Mountcastle for various treatments over the past 6 years and have always had a wonderful experience with him and his staff. It's clear that he is a true expert in the field of plastic surgery. He and his staff explain everything and put you at ease before, during, and after the procedure. The onsite MedSpa is great too! I wouldn't consider ever seeing any other plastic surgeon."- C. / RealSelf / Nov 26, 2018
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.