Photofacials (IPL)

Providing Cosmetic Rejuvenation to La Jolla, San Diego, & other nearby areas

Experience effective and beautifying skin rejuvenation for rosacea, sun damage, age spots, actinic keratoses (AKs) and acne. See the tone and texture of your skin become smoother and more even. You’ll reverse signs of aging due to photoaging and sun damage.

Rosacea, redness and flushing are treated successfully. Actinic keratoses (AKs) or rough, scaly patches on the skin may sometimes progress to skin cancer, remove them early with this therapy. (More advanced sun damage present AKs may require photodynamic therapy, which includes additions to light treatment.) Please call (844) 202-8200 today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your suitability for photofacial therapy.

About Light and Your Skin

Medical lights have specific “targets” that they go after. Brown and red pigmentation targets are the primaries of IPL. When the light is absorbed, brown pigment shatters and red pigment coagulates. it is this process that removes both brown and red from your skin.

Intense pulse light (IPL) treatments with the M22™ provide safe and reliable resolution of many skin abnormalities through the process of photo rejuvenation. IPL skin treatments are ideal for patients who desire to even the tone and texture of their skin, while reversing the signs of photo aging or sun damage. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure (IPL is not like laser, which has higher energy). Due to the low energy used and the aid of the sapphire chill tip, which provides pre- and post-cooling of the treatment area, the need for topical anesthetic is minimal.

Since the treatments do not require downtime for healing, IPL is an appealing choice. After your session, you may apply your make-up and resume your normal activities. We do ask you to avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear SPF 30 on a regular basis.

IPL treats a wide variety of skin conditions:

  • Actinic keratoses
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Flushing
  • Skin texture
  • Redness
  • Broken capillaries
  • Brown spots
  • Age spots
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest and face
  • Broken capillaries around the nose

Lumenis M22 Treatment on Hands | San Diego IPL

Photofacial Treatment for Rosacea | La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic

Common IPL Questions

What is IPL or intense pulse light?

Intense pulse light (IPL) is a treatment that addresses a variety of benign skin conditions such as photo damage, broken blood vessels, pigmentation and other blemishes. It is a safe, noninvasive treatment that can be tailored to meet your particular needs.

How is the IPL photo rejuvenation treatment performed?

The skin is first cleansed. Your eyes are covered with protective glasses or eye shields and a thin layer of cold ultrasound gel is applied to the skin. The chilled sapphire crystal tip of the hand piece is placed onto the skin and the light is pulsed. The chill tip eliminates the need for topical anesthetic. The treatment takes about 20 minutes per treatment area.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

The IPL treatments are recommended in a series of 4 to 6 sessions, after which you will be given a maintenance schedule to maintain your results depending on the condition of your skin and severity of your problem. You will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment. By dividing the treatments into a series, you will see gradual improvement with minimal risk.

How do other treatments compare to Photo rejuvenation?

While there are many lasers, most will address either brown pigmentation or broken capillaries. IPL technology allows both vascular and benign pigmented lesions to be addressed in a single treatment without interruption in your busy lifestyle.

What conditions can IPL photo rejuvenation treat?

IPL technology helps to reverse the sign of aging creating smoother looking skin, it evens out the skin tone and texture. After a series of treatments, you will see a reduction of unwanted pigmentation and broken capillaries. The same treatment can be used effectively to treat the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

What makes photo rejuvenation with Lumenis M22™ special?

Lumenis M22 is a true fifth generation intense pulsed light system with patented state of the art technology which optimizes power, pulsing and light delivery to provide maximum results, comfort and safety. While lower powered technology may perform skin treatments using Photo rejuvenation, there is a visible difference in results. Lumenis M22 treatments are fast. With the large spot size and 1Hz repetition rate, a full-face treatment can be completed in 15 minutes.

If you live in Southern California and would like to learn more about IPL, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic online or call (844) 202-8200 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. Our team proudly serves patients in San Diego and the nearby communities.