At Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer IPL treatments with advanced Nd:YAG laser technology. This versatile treatment can help patients overcome a variety of skincare concerns to achieve younger, healthier and clearer skin. We welcome patients from Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.
What is IPL Photofacial With the Nd:YAG Laser?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light, which is a light therapy treatment used to rejuvenate the skin. Primarily, IPL is used to treat hyperpigmentation, such as sun damage and redness associated with conditions like acne or rosacea. As a gentler alternative to laser treatments, IPL therapy requires less downtime. Desired results can be achieved with 1 to 3 treatments.
The Nd:YAG laser is a non-ablative laser system that delivers energy beneath the skin’s surface, similar to the IPL procedure. While the Nd:YAG laser has many applications, we primarily use this system to treat redness in the skin that is caused by broken capillaries or conditions like rosacea.
Both the IPL and Nd:YAG treatments are effective on their own, but we offer a combined IPL and Nd:YAG laser treatment to deliver more significant results to our patients. Combined, these treatments can help reduce the appearance of redness and hyperpigmentation in the skin. In fact, studies have shown that the addition of Nd:YAG treatments produces better results and greater patient satisfaction compared to IPL treatments performed alone.
How Much Does IPL Photofacial Cost in Jacksonville, FL?
IPL photofacial cost varies by patient, as we may recommend different approaches or multiple treatment sessions depending on your skin type and treatment goals. During your consultation, we’ll review your goals in order to develop a personalized treatment plan. At this point, we will be able to provide you with the IPL photofacial cost associated with your treatment. For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards and offerr financing.
What are the Benefits of IPL Photofacial?
The combination of IPL photofacial and Nd:YAG treatments provide numerous benefits, including:
- Reduction of redness in rosacea symptoms
- Reduction in skin redness
- Reduction in hyperpigmentation
- Reduction of redness in acne patients
- Non-invasive with minimal downtime
- Suitable for the face, neck, chest, arms and hands
What is the IPL and Nd:YAG Treatment Like?
The IPL and Nd:YAG handpieces will be used to deliver light and laser energy to the skin. We will target the areas where cosmetic skin concerns are located, which may cause a warm sensation during treatment. The treatment may take up to one hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. However, once this process is complete, the treatment will be finished.
IPL Photofacial Recovery
For the first two to three hours after your IPL photofacial, your skin feels warm and looks slightly red, similar to having a mild sunburn. You will notice that any dark spots are darker after the treatment. This is normal. You can wear makeup after the treatment. A sunblock is applied after your IPL photofacial, and you should continue to use a high-quality sunscreen.
In the three to seven days after your IPL photofacial, those dark spots rise to the surface, and it make may look as if you have coffee grounds on your skin. Those cells will fall off naturally, and you should refrain from using any type of exfoliating skin care products. We schedule a microdermabrasion after the first week to exfoliate your skin, as well as a follow-up appointment three weeks after the treatment. Most patients require three sessions to achieve the best results, and the treatments are schedule 30 days apart.
Is There Any Downtime After IPL Photofacial?
As non-ablative techniques, both IPL photofacial and Nd:YAG treatments require minimal downtime. In fact, you will be able to apply makeup and return to normal activities immediately after treatment. You may experience redness in the skin, which can persist for a few days after treatment. During this time, it is important to avoid excessive sun exposure, as well as bathing in hot water. Hyperpigmented areas will become darker in appearance, then will exfoliate 5-10 days after your treatment.
When Will I See Results from IPL Photofacial and Nd:YAG Treatments?
The results from IPL and Nd:YAG treatments will develop gradually in the weeks following treatment, becoming increasingly visible as any side effects fade. In some cases, we may recommend multiple treatment sessions for best results. Most patients are able to achieve their desired results with the combined IPL and Nd:YAG treatments within 1 to 3 treatment sessions.
Are IPL Photofacial and Nd:YAG Treatments Right for Me?
If you want to achieve clearer skin, particularly when it comes to rosacea, hyperpigmentation and redness in the skin, IPL and Nd:YAG treatments are a powerful combination for doing so. If you are interested in enjoying these benefits with the limited downtime that they offer, you may be a good candidate for IPL and Nd:YAG treatments. However, the best way to determine your candidacy for these treatments is to schedule a consultation at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery. We’ll assess your goals and help you determine if IPL and Nd:YAG treatments are the best option for you.
Is IPL and a Photofacial the same thing?
IPL and Photofacial are the same thing. These are just different names for the same treatment. In our practice, we just use the term “IPL”.
How many IPL treatments are needed for significant results?
We encourage our patients to do a series of 3 IPL treatments for best results and a more even skin tone. If even more correction is needed after these IPL treatments, we can customize a treatment plan with continued IPL treatments or other options that our aesthetician sees best fit during your IPL consultation.
What kinds of spots does IPL treat?
IPL treats red and brown spots on the skin. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. This is not a laser. IPL uses scattered light to treat hyperpigmentation and redness associated with skin conditions like rosacea. IPL is a very effective treatment used to achieve an even skin tone.
Are there contraindications for IPL?
During these conditions, we would want to avoid IPL treatments:
- Sunburn on the treatment area of the skin
- History of seizures
- Severe dermatitis present on treatment area of the skin
- Active injection on treatment area of the skin
- Fitzpatrick 4-6
- Taking any medications that can exacerbate photo sensitivity
- Waxing on treatment area of the skin less than 2 weeks prior