IPL Photofacial in San Diego, CA

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What is IPL?

Laser skin treatments have evolved exponentially over the years and have become incredibly popular for their ability to produce excellent results without the need for surgery. If you’re currently struggling to hide skin blemishes such as age spots, spider veins, sun damage, fine lines, and other early signs of aging, Fontaine MD in San Diego, CA, can help you reclaim your youthful look with innovative laser technology. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is a procedure that uses computer-controlled light pulses to reverse abnormal pigment spots and superficial blood vessels resulting from sun damage, aging, and hormonal changes to provide a healthier, youthful, and rejuvenated appearance. IPL can remove abnormal pigmentation in the face, neck, chest, and hands. Following the procedure, the skin becomes red for an hour or so, but otherwise, there is no downtime. You will see significant results with the first procedure, but the most optimal results are usually seen with a series of 3 – 6 treatments. Schedule a consultation with Dr. James D. Fontaine and his skilled aesthetic team to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments.

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IPL is performed at our San Diego, CA office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms if performed alone. To prepare for the IPL facial, the technician will clean and dry your skin before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is administered using a handheld wand that passes over the skin while emitting light energy pulses. While most patients will have some discomfort during the IPL, it's usually bearable given the fast treatment length.

How much does an IPL photofacial cost?
An IPL Photofacial is a customizable cosmetic treatment that can be used to address a wide range of skin issues. The cost of the treatment depends on the treatment area(s) and the number of treatment sessions required to achieve the desired results. Our skilled team will develop your personalized treatment plan and discuss the associated cost during your consultation.

When will I see results from an IPL photofacial?
Soon after your treatment, unwanted pigment and veins coagulate or shrink, and many completely diminish. Skin tightening may result as well. During the following weeks, your body gradually eliminates or absorbs any fragments that remain. IPL photofacials also stimulate new collagen production, so you’ll probably also notice restored volume over time.

How should I prepare for my IPL photofacials?
Before a photofacial, our team in San Diego, CA, may suggest not taking certain medications or dietary supplements, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E, which could increase bleeding and bruising. If you smoke, stopping for a couple of weeks beforehand can enhance the healing process. As with all aesthetic procedures, ongoing skin care with medical-grade products is essential. You will need to stop all retinol or retinoid products for seven days before the procedure and may benefit from pre-procedure hydroquinone. If you have a history of cold sores, a prescription for an antiviral will be given.

What should I do after my IPL photofacial?
IPL photofacials are very gentle, and most people can resume their regular daily activities immediately after the treatment. You’ll want to protect your skin from UV rays; however, by limiting sun exposure, applying sunscreen, or wearing sun-protective clothing. Following any laser procedure, it is a good idea to keep your skin well moisturized by applying a gentle lotion after washing your face or showering.

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Each method has its pros and cons and Dr. Fontaine will discuss at your consultation at Fontaine MD the options and help you decide what is best for you when he discusses your personalized care plan. Contact our office to schedule your appointment in our San Diego, CA facility.

*Individual results may vary.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.