IPL Photo Genesis
How does it work?
IPL (Intelligent Pulsed Light) is a laser light that offers a new approach to skin rejuvenation. This procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage. The laser heats up the pigmented brown or red spots that cause the areas to fade over time and either disappear or lighten significantly. Any area of your skin that has sun damage, age spots, or dark freckles can be treated. Most common areas are the face, neck, upper chest and arms.
How much does it cost?
Packages begin at $250 per treatment. The number of treatments varies by area. After consultation with a laser specialist, more exact prices can be given.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually 3-5 treatments are sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended especially for excessively sun damaged skin.
Does it hurt?
When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation and will see a bright light despite wearing lead eye protectors and having eyes closed. Following treatment your skin will feel warm. This can last 2-4 hours but can be minimized with cooling methods.
What are the possible side effects?
Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. Make-up can be applied to cover dark spots and redness. In rare instances, more increased swelling or blistering may occur. During consultation with a laser specialist the risks and benefits can be further discussed.
Is there any preparation before treatment?
You should avoid tanning for at least two weeks before your treatment. Tanning will increase your chance of complications, such as blistering. We recommend that you not have any sun exposure two weeks before and two weeks after treatment. A good sunscreen should always be used.
When will I see results?
Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffused redness (rosacea) will decrease and your complexion and tone will improve. New brown spots and redness may re-appear with new sun damage; however, they too can be treated. Remember to always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be cured with any laser treatment; however, its appearance can be greatly improved.