IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial, Photorejuvenation Facial) – Newport Beach, CA

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About IPL

If you are concerned about how your facial skin appears because of sun damage, complexion blemishes, or unwanted hair, SSK Plastic Surgery can perform a skin examination at our Newport Beach, CA office to see if you could benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). Our Venus Versa™ IPL photofacial is an advanced skin rejuvenation treatment for adults who have a range of skin concerns. IPL is a quick, noninvasive process that can be very effective for achieving impressive outcomes for your face and body. With this technique, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kelishadi harnesses intense wavelengths of light that gently heat the skin to initiate the natural healing process and boost collagen production. Over time, you should begin to see a healthier layer of skin with an improved tone and fewer blemishes.

Ideal Candidates

IPL reaches the deeper layers of your skin to improve many complexion concerns with minimal or no recovery needed. Candidates for an IPL photofacial procedure at SSK Plastic Surgery may be bothered by a range of issues with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), uneven texture, visible pores, redness, melasma, age and sun spots, broken capillaries, and unwanted hair. Dr. Kelishadi will examine your skin to determine if you are a candidate for an IPL photofacial rejuvenation treatment at your initial consultation.

Procedure Technique

An IPL photofacial is a customizable procedure completed comfortably in about 20 – 30 minutes at our Newport Beach, CA office. To start the process, your technician will wash and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special laser shields. Powered by SmartPulse™ technology, a Venus Versa IPL photofacial procedure is administered using a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while evenly emitting pulses of broad-spectrum light. This energy is then transformed into heat that gently works to repair the layers of skin tissue. 

What to Expect

There generally is no downtime associated with a photofacial, but you may leave your appointment with your skin a little red. However, this should go away naturally as the day continues. Our SSK Plastic Surgery team may recommend a special cream to minimize irritation and promote healing. We may also suggest that you wait 24 hours before resuming your normal skin care routine and recommend that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Over the course of several days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface layers and being to flake off. It is important to protect your skin from the sun as often as possible after a photofacial and avoid picking at the flaking skin. While you should see visible improvements after your first session, your skin may attain the best results with a series of IPL treatments. Dr. Kelishadi typically suggests 4 – 5 sessions completed in three-week intervals to achieve desired results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does IPL cost?
Your complexion issues are unique, which means the cost of a photofacial will depend on your individual condition. SSK Plastic Surgery offers monthly specials and accepts many forms of payment. During your initial visit, your technician can help estimate your costs and determine how many sessions are needed for optimal results.

How quick are the results from IPL?
Some results can be seen following each session, but optimal results are generally evident around one month after a full series of treatments is completed. It is common for your skin to respond differently to every treatment. You should notice gradual improvements in redness, blotchiness, age spots, and sun spots.

What are the possible side effects of IPL?
You may have mild side effects, like temporary swelling, redness, blisters, bruising, or crusting. This should subside within 2 – 3 days following your treatment. You will be sun-sensitive and should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will negatively impact the results of the procedure. We encourage you to wear sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent problems, like spots and redness.

Do I need to prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for at least 2 – 4 weeks before their treatment. You might need to discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment, and you may want to start taking ibuprofen or aspirin for a week before your procedure to reduce inflammation, which lowers your chance of bruising. We also advise that you use sun protection (like a hat and sunscreen).

Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
Multiple IPL sessions are effective at accomplishing gradual improvements in your complexion. Each treatment helps to minimize surface irregularities and spots. Multiple treatments also allow for longer-lasting results and skin improvements.

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If skin concerns, like hyperpigmentation, unwanted hair, acne, and other problems, are becoming visible, it may be time to explore effective ways to improve your complexion. We invite you to learn more about quick, comfortable photofacial skin resurfacing treatments by calling our Newport Beach, CA office and scheduling a personalized skin examination with Dr. Kelishadi. With advanced Venus Versa IPL treatments at SSK Plastic Surgery, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help create a youthful glow and a healthy complexion.

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