Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology

Photofacials & IPL

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Photofacials & IPL services offered in Cumming, Dawsonville and Johns Creek, GA

Have you noticed sun damage or dark spots on your skin? Weston Waxweiler, MD, and Nathan Clever, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, of Southern Skin and Beauty Bar, offers IPL photofacials, a treatment approach that can correct abnormal pigmentation and numerous other skin issues. To book an appointment in Cumming and Dawsonville, Georgia, schedule your face-to-face visit online or over the phone today to learn more.

Photofacials & IPL Q&A

What is an IPL photofacial?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, commonly called an IPL photofacial, is a treatment that uses light energy to correct numerous issues with the coloration of your skin. Some of the skin conditions IPL therapy can treat include:

  • Sunspots
  • Age spots
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Redness from rosacea
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks

IPL photofacials can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall tone of your skin. 

How does IPL therapy work?

During treatment sessions, your provider moves a handheld IPL treatment wand over the surface of your skin. The treatment platform delivers light energy that creates heat in the deeper layers of skin. This heat triggers your body’s natural healing process. 

New collagen cells are produced that plump and smooth your skin. The light energy is drawn to areas of high pigmentation and breaks those pigments apart, clearing up various types of skin discoloration. Treatments also create heat within damaged blood vessels, effectively destroying the cells within those structures and beginning the process of clearing them from your body. 

IPL photofacials are usually performed on the face, upper chest, and the backs of the hands. These are the areas of your body most commonly exposed to the sun and where hyperpigmentation is usually most advanced. 

What is the recovery process like after an IPL photofacial?

In the hours after your treatment, you’ll probably notice some redness and swelling. Your skin might feel sunburned. Most people only notice these changes for an hour or two after their treatment, but symptoms can last a couple of days. 

There is no significant recovery time needed after having an IPL photofacial treatment. It is important, however, to protect your skin from sun exposure to prevent damage. Use a high-quality sunscreen, and consider wearing a hat to shield your face and upper chest from the sun.

It takes time for your body to process and eliminate pigmentation and damaged blood vessels. You’ll begin to see the results of your IPL photofacial within a few weeks, although it can take several months for the full effects to develop. 

You can extend your results and enhance your skin's overall look and feel by using top-quality skincare products. The team offers a wide range of cosmeceutical products from trusted brands like ZO®, Epionce®, and Elta® MD, among other options. 

When you’re ready to learn how IPL photofacials can help you feel great about the appearance of your skin, schedule your visit online or over the phone.

Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology