Intense pulsed light (IPL) in Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia

IPL treatments are designed to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, rosacea, and more. Our aestheticians administer this advanced treatment using a device that delivers carefully focused pulses of light energy to treat specific issues while boosting the overall condition of the skin.

IPL treatments are both targeted and comprehensive, as the device delivers pulses that can be adjusted to treat particular skin conditions. These pulses deeply penetrate the skin, concentrating on different colors. As the skin heats up from the light pulses, the body removes the discolored cells.

What does IPL treat?

  • Rosacea (redness/blotchiness)
  • Acne
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Pigmented age spots
  • Freckles
  • Sunspots
  • Red blood vessels at the nose
  • Broken capillaries
  • Spider veins

At Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery, we use the Venus Versa™ photofacial applicator to perform IPL treatments. The Venus Versa combines powerful IPL with SmartPulse™ technology. This device features a cooling tool that helps keep you comfortable during treatment. Because Venus Versa is one of the most advanced IPL devices available, we are very happy to offer it at our aesthetic center.

What happens during an IPL treatment?

Before your IPL photofacial treatment, your face will be cleansed and prepped, and you’ll be given protective eyewear to keep your eyes safe from the bright flashes of light. We will also apply a cool gel to help keep your skin comfortable. Once you’re ready, the IPL handheld device will glide over the damaged skin, emitting powerful pulses of light deeply into the skin to treat it. The pain level is similar to that of a small pinch, or a hot rubber band being snapped on the skin — very tolerable.

The Venus Versa applicator also includes a cooling feature that helps keep discomfort at a minimum during treatment. Sessions typically take 15-30 minutes, but the duration of each treatment session will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated and the specific settings used for each patient. The more damaged the skin is, the more treatments will be needed — and the total number of treatment sessions depends on the patient’s goals for aesthetic improvement. Our aestheticians will help make an individualized plan for your skin.

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Recovery and results

Because everyone has different skin types and conditions, the recovery period from an IPL session will vary from case to case. Some individuals experience temporary discoloration for a few days, which slowly flakes off. Some develop reddening of the skin or splotches. Others may find dark spots on the skin that resembles coffee grounds. And still others feel as though they have a sunburn. 

During your consultation, we will assess what side effects you may have, and we will also let you know how long your downtime will most likely be. We will also provide you with detailed home care instructions so that your skin recovers as beautifully as possible.

It’s important to avoid exposing your skin to the sun for a few weeks following treatment. Results from an IPL photofacial become apparent gradually, and can be seen approximately two weeks after your treatment. Final results are apparent in 3-5 months.

IPL photofacials at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery

If you’re in the Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia area and you’re interested in an IPL photofacial, you’re in the right place. Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive facial rejuvenation experience. We are a premier facial plastic surgery office combining expert surgeons with a fantastic aesthetician team, and we offer the most advanced energy-based devices and skincare services available. Founder Dr. Jason Bloom is double board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and he is highly involved in the industry as a consultant, author, and trainer. Our mission is to deliver the most advanced cosmetic and facial surgery techniques and technologies to all patients, combined with the highest level of outcomes in a caring and safe atmosphere. The comprehensive nature and synergy of our team provides our patients with unparalleled results.

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