IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial, Photorejuvenation Facial) – La Jolla & Encinitas, CA

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About IPL

If you are concerned about how your complexion looks because of dark spots, sun damage, or fine lines, Schoemann Plastic Surgery can offer you a skin examination at our La Jolla, CA office to see if you'll benefit from Lumenis intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). A Lumenis IPL photofacial is a rejuvenating skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation and wrinkle concerns on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce impressive results. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schoemann, or a member of his team, sends intense wavelengths of light that raise the temperature of the skin just enough to start the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. In time, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even tone and fewer spots.

Ideal Candidates

A Lumenis photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to correct many complexion problems (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Schoemann Plastic Surgery may have many issues with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), wrinkles, rough texture, large pores, flushing, melasma, age and sun spots, or dilated capillaries. Dr. Schoemann will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for a photofacial during your private consultation, and may even recommend other procedures that will complement your results.

Procedure Technique

A Lumenis IPL photofacial is completed inside our La Jolla, CA office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms if performed alone. To start the photofacial, the technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL photofacial, it is generally tolerable because of its short treatment time.

What to Expect

There is no recovery time associated with a photofacial treatment, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little inflamed and red. This will subside on its own in several hours — it can be concealed with makeup if you desire. Schoemann Plastic Surgery suggests patients apply an ointment on the treated skin to minimize irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to ease swelling. Over the next several days, the blemishes that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's critical to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial treatment and to not pick at the flaking skin. While you should see some results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL photofacial sessions. Dr. Schoemann recommends approximately 3 – 6 treatments done around once a month at Schoemann Plastic Surgery.

Get Your Glow Back

You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you were young, but now that environmental damage such as wrinkles, sun spots, and other problems are becoming visible, you now may be interested in procedures that fix your skin. We invite you to learn more about Lumenis IPL photofacial treatments by calling our La Jolla, CA office and scheduling a skin assessment with Dr. Schoemann. With IPL photofacial treatments at Schoemann Plastic Surgery, we can reach deep within the layers of skin to help restore a radiant glow and a healthy complexion.

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