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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial, Palomar Icon) – Atlanta, GA

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About IPL

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). 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.

Ideal Candidates

An IPL 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.

Procedure Technique

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 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.

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Average Cost  
$150 - $725
Recovery Time  
None
Average Procedure Time  
30 Minutes – 1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
4 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Office
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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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