If you are bothered by how your skin looks because of dark spots, fine lines, or sun damage, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery can offer you a skin consultation at our Atlanta, GA office to see if you could benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) with BroadBand Light (BBL) laser technology. An IPL photofacial is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin for adults with hyperpigmentation and wrinkle problems on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce amazing results. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence and our licensed aesthetician send intense wavelengths of light that warm the skin just enough to set off the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. As the added nutrients take effect, you should see a healthier layer with a more even tone and decreased spots of pigmentation.
What is BBL?
Broadband light (BBL) therapy uses regenerating technology to improve the skin's aesthetics and make it look more youthful and smoother. It works by applying therapeutic-grade light energy that slightly warms the top layer of skin and generates collagen production. Those with an array of skin issues may benefit from BBL because it functions to address unwanted freckles, rosacea, broken blood vessels, and sun damage. It can also help create a more smooth and even skin texture to generate fresh, glowing skin. BBL can be added to other aesthetic treatments to fulfill your needs and goals.
"I highly recommend Dr. Lawrence. I've had several procedures done by her over the years and have been extremely satisfied with everything. I will continue to go to Dr. Lawrence and recommend her for all cosmetic procedures (wether injectables, photofacials or more invasive cosmetic surgery). Dr. Lawrence and her staff are truly the best and listen to the patient wants and needs and strive to achieve satisfactory results each and every time. 5 stars."- G.K. / Yelp / Oct 17, 2018
"Ask for Lisa! - I have actually received most of my services from Lisa Tomlinson who is an employee or maybe partner of Marisa's. (Unable to find her in provider list).I would absolutely never trust my face with anyone else. Lisa does an incredible job! I have received multiple injections from her over the course of about 4 years now. She is truly a genius. Every single time I have work done with her, the..."- C. / RealSelf / Feb 12, 2018
"Dr Lawrence and her entire staff are top notch. I interviewed multiple doctors and choosing Dr Lawrence was an easy decision. Extremely skilled, caring and a true artist!! Also sees beyond the physical to the person inside."- L.P. / Google / Feb 04, 2020
"I highly recommend Dr. Lawrence. I’ve had several procedures done by her over the years and have been extremely satisfied with everything. I will continue to go to Dr. Lawrence and recommend her for all cosmetic procedures (wether injectables, photofacials or more invasive cosmetic surgery). Dr. Lawrence and her staff are truly the best and listen to the patient wants and needs and strive to achieve satisfactory results each and every time. 5 stars."- G.K. / Yelp / Oct 17, 2018
"I have seen Dr Lawrence since 2011 and have undergone multiple procedures, both cosmetic and medically necessary. Her staff is top notch and I never feel like I am inconveniencing anyone when I call with questions or need to be seen unexpectedly. Due to some other health issues (cancer survivor, bariatric patient), I have a difficult time healing after surgery and Dr Lawrence is always patient with me and remains optimistic and vigilant for any signs of infection or incision dehiscence. She has returned to the OR to reclose my non-healing wounds multiple times (my issue, not hers), and never once complained about it cutting into her busy schedule, family time or otherwise inconveniencing her. I truly feel like we are a team."- B. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2018
An IPL with BBL photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to treat many complexion blemishes (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery may have several problems with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), wrinkles, rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, age and sun spots, or spider veins. Dr. Lawrence will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for an IPL photofacial during your private consultation.
A photofacial is done inside our Atlanta, GA office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our minor procedure rooms (if performed alone). To start the process, our licensed aesthetician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with shields. The photofacial is administered using a handheld BBL device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the quick treatment time.
What to Expect
There is no recovery period associated with an IPL photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little red and inflamed. This will go away on its own in about a day — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Our team recommends patients use an ointment on the skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory medication to help ease swelling. After several days, the irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's crucial to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after an IPL photofacial and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you should see visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several photofacial sessions. Dr. Lawrence recommends approximately 3 – 6 treatments scheduled around once a month at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL cost?
IPL treatment plans are highly customized to meet the needs of the patient. As every patient case is unique, so is the cost of the treatment. Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery offers occasional specials and accepts many forms of payment to help you afford your session. During your consultation, we will help determine your cost by estimating the number of treatments needed for optimal results.
How quick are the results from IPL?
While the best results will be realized approximately a month after your last session, improvements can be seen after each treatment. Typically, patients respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of redness, blotchiness, sun spots, and age spots over time.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
Mild side effects, such as minor swelling, redness, and superficial blisters, are typical side effects of IPL that subside on their own within a few days of the procedure. Severe side effects are uncommon and unlikely. You will not experience sensitivity to the sun but should limit exposure in the future so as not to affect your results. Excessive sun exposure can lead to redness, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
To prepare for your IPL treatment, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery recommends avoiding self-tanners and limiting sun exposure about a month before your session. Patients should also stop taking acne medications, like minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova, several days before each treatment. Between sessions, you should protect your skin with sunscreen each time you will be exposed to the sun.
Why so many sessions?
Multiple IPL sessions provide the longest-lasting results. In addition, a full series of IPL photo rejuvenation sessions are required in order to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement without damaging the patient's skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $725
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes – 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you had clear skin, but now that environmental damage, including wrinkles, brown spots, and other problems are developing, you now may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We invite you to learn more about photofacial treatments by calling our Atlanta, GA office and scheduling a skin examination with Dr. Lawrence. With photofacial treatments at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, we can go deep within the layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.
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