Light therapy is a great non-invasive solution to improve the appearance of sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other imperfections in your overall skin tone. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.C.S., offers the IPL Photofacial for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.
What is an IPL Photofacial?
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial is a non-invasive, medical-grade light therapy treatment aimed towards improving the appearance of age spots, sun damage, freckles, spider veins and hyperpigmentation around the face. At Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, we use Cutera® Limelight which works by using a specialized wavelength spectrum with strong melanin absorption to heat the superficial layers of the skin, break down abnormal pigmentation, and boost the body’s natural production of collagen for an overall radiant complexion.
How Much Does an IPL Photofacial Cost?
Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for laser resurfacing.
What are the Benefits of an IPL Photofacial?
There are many benefits to getting an IPL Photofacial with the Cutera® Limelight at Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, including improving the appearance of:
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
- Broken blood vessels
How is an IPL Photofacial Performed?
Before your treatment, one of our expert aestheticians will cleanse your face and rub a cooling gel onto the skin. You will be given protective dark glasses to cover your eyes throughout your Photofacial. Your aesthetician will then use the Cutera® IPL device to apply pulses of intense light therapy onto the skin. Patients report the sensation being similar to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Depending on the area treated, the treatment should only take about a half-hour to complete.
What Can I Expect After an IPL Photofacial?
You’ll be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately following your IPL Photofacial treatment. While there is no formal downtime or recovery period, you may experience redness and sensitivity in your treated areas similar to a sunburn. This typically resolves on its own after a few days. While you may be able to see some results immediately following your initial treatment, we recommend you schedule three to six treatments about four weeks apart for ultimate results.
What is the Difference Between the IPL Photofacial and Broadband Light (BBL™) Therapy?
At Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, we also offer Broadband Light (BBL™) Therapy with the Sciton® Joule for patients who are looking to treat their hyperpigmentation and sun damage. BBL™ therapy is the newest generation of intense pulsed light therapy and uses a similar approach to a traditional IPL Photofacial. The main difference between the two treatments is the type of wavelengths used throughout treatment. BBL™ therapy treatments also tend to take longer than IPL Photofacials, lasting closer to 60 minutes rather than 30 minutes. Talk to Dr. Hamilton or one of our expert aestheticians during your one-on-one consultation to see which treatment is best for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for an IPL Photofacial?
If you are looking for a non-invasive treatment to get rid of your brown spots, freckles, sun damage, broken blood vessels, rosacea or spider veins, the IPL Photofacial may be right for you. Ideal candidates for the IPL Photofacial are in general good health with no major skin conditions. While this treatment is suitable for most skin types, it’s best to talk to Dr. Hamilton about your skin concerns during your one-on-one consultation.
Mark M. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.C.S., is recognized as one of the top physicians in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on the IPL Photofacial or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.