Our laser treatments are performed with the cutting-edge Palomar Artisan Laser System by experienced aestheticians.
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IPL Photorejuvenation, also known as Intense Pulsed Light and IPL Photofacial, is used to treat freckles, pigment, age spots, redness, broken capillaries, and rosacea. It also tightens pores and destroys acne-causing bacteria. To learn more and see other before and after pictures, visit the website of the manufacturer of our laser system.
IPL Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How should I prepare for an IPL photofacial treatment?
A: Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 35 for two weeks before your treatment and avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning. We recommend waiting two weeks after recieving Botox injections or filler to have an IPL photofacial. Discontinue prescription and over-the-counter chemical exfoliants including retinoids and alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids for two weeks before the treatment. Also discontinue physical exfoliation for two weeks. Inform the doctor and aesthetician if you have any medical conditions or are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications.
Q: How many treatments do I need for my desired results?
A: Depending on your skin type and desired results, we recommend two to three treatments for the most complete results. For acne treatment, three to five treatments may be necessary.
Q: How long should I wait between treatments?
A: You should wait 7 to 14 days between IPL photofacials.
Q: How often will I need "touch-up" treatments to maintain my results after a series of IPL photofacials?
A: We recommend doing maintenance IPL photofacials every 6 months depending on your needs, but wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen will help you to maintain the results of your photofacial and prevent future skin damage.
Q: My pigmentation has darkedned after I had my IPL photofacial. Should I be concerned?
A: No, this means that the IPL photofacial has effectively targeted your pigmentation, and it's the desired result. Normally the darkened pigment sloughs off the skin after 14-21 days.
Q: What can I expect after the IPL photofacial treatment?
A: Normal post-IPL side effects include darkening of pigment, swelling, and redness. The darkened pigment is expected to slough off after 14- 24 days or sooner, and the redness and swelling typically resolves after 24 to 48 hours.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing, also known as Fractional Non-Ablative Skin resurfacing, is effective for skin texture problems including scars, acne scarring, melasma, stretch marks, and wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen production. Fractional resurfacing technology has advanced considerably within the last decade, and the latest technology allows for the stratum corneum to remain in place, minimizing discomfort and preventing excessive heat accumulation, while still providing dramatic results. Visit the website of Palomar Medical, the manufacturer of the Artisan Laser System, to see more before and after pictures and clinical studies.
Fractional Resurfacing Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many Fractional Resurfacing treatments are required for best results?
A: Depending on your skin type and desired results, we recommend between one and three treatments.
Q: How should I prepare for a Fractional Resurfacing treatment?
A: Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 35 for two weeks before your treatment and avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning. We recommend waiting two weeks after recieving Botox injections or filler to have a Fractional Resurfacing treatment. Discontinue prescription and over-the-counter chemical exfoliants including retinoids and alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids for two weeks before the treatment. Also discontinue physical exfoliation for two weeks. Inform the doctor and aesthetician if you have any medical conditions or are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications.
Q: How long should I wait between Fractional Resurfacing treatments?
A: We recommend waiting between three and four weeks between treatments.
Q: What can I expect after the Fractional Resurfacing treatment?
A: Redness and swelling are common side effects after the treatment, and they normally resolve after 24 to 48 hours.
We offer the Miami Peel by Quintessence Skin Science. It's a light-to-medium strength peel which can be performed quickly in office and requires no downtime. This peel creates a finer, smoother skin texture, improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, and also improves pigmentation and certain kinds of acne. A series of 2-5 peels is recommended to see full results, and we make it affordable by providing package discounts. Call for pricing and to find out which of our aesthetic services will help you achieve your skin goals.
In addition to the Miami Peel, we now also offer a 50% Glycolic Acid peel, and a 60% Glycolic/Lactic Acid peel for patients interested in a more aggressive treatment than the Miami Peel. The 50% Glycolic is safe for all skin types, and the 60% Glycolic/Lactic is safe for Fitzpatrick skin types I through IV. Give us a call for pricing or to find out which peel is best for your needs.
Call (312) 470-6655 to find out about Cosmetic Dermatology specials and package pricing and schedule a consultation to determine if IPL Photorejuvenation or Laser Skin Resurfacing are right for your skin.
Aesthetic procedures are subject to availability of appointments. Please call (312)470-6655 to schedule over the phone and confirm appointment availabilty.