Intense Pulsed Light Technology

Consultations offered at our two convenient locations in Austin, TX and Scottsdale, AZ

IPL Technology Austin, TX

An IPL Photofacial Will Leave Your Skin Smooth and Lustrous.

We are proud to offer one of the most versatile and advanced lasers available, the Lumenis VascuLight SR.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology utilized for health and beauty procedures that eliminates dark browns and reds spots caused by sun damage and aging as well as pigmented congenital and acquired lesions. It works by targeting chromophores (molecules responsible for color) using controlled, targeted light to dispose of any dermal discoloration. Intense pulsed light is part of the overall spectrum of aesthetic laser or light-based treatments and can be used for various skin conditions. Studies have proven that intense pulsed light treatments are an effective and non-invasive skin rejuvenation method with minimal risk and no patient downtime.[1]

Today’s machines are safe, can address a diverse number of skin concerns, and more comfortable than ever before.  As a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for one of the biggest and most highly respected laser companies in the world with the best technology, Lumenis, Dr. Michelle Cabret always has access to the latest, greatest technology on the market.  [2] There’s no reason not to get the smooth, youthful, even skin tone you deserve!

Dr. Michelle Cabret has offices in Austin, Texas, and Scottsdale, Arizona, with respective teams of Certified Laser Technicians and nurses to serve a wide range of patients across the Southwest. The Scottsdale office has a Lumenis M22 with IPL, ResurFX, and Yag lasers as well as an InMode Lumecca with partners on the platform of radiofrequency Forma, hair removal DioLaze, and the incredible combination technology of radiofrequency with microneedling – Morpheus8. The Austin office proudly was one of the first in Central Texas to get the sophisticated device on the market, the Lumenis Stellar M22 with IPL and Yag laser technology. Both offices under the direction of Lumenis Key Opinion Leader, Dr. Michelle Cabret, are highlighted by Lumenis as Centers of Excellence. Our laser and light treatments are safe and non-invasive, so you can have smooth and lustrous skin without the pain or the downtime of other rejuvenation procedures. Visit our blog to learn more about all of our state-of-the-art offerings.

How Does Intense Pulsed Light Work?

The light used in IPL can be emitted at different wavelengths into the skin and is specifically calibrated to target underlying pigment-producing cells. Once the light gets absorbed into the melanin and red blood cells, the light’s energy gets converted to heat and destroys the pigment-producing cells, breaking up the discolored areas. The device is made to jumpstart the skin’s natural healing processes without causing damage to the skin itself. During recovery, the discoloration is brought to the skin’s surface. The treated spots are then naturally eliminated, revealing radiant and balanced skin. At the same time, skin-firming proteins like collagen and elastin are produced, which effectively treat the effects of aging.

IPL uses broad-spectrum light to treat dyschromias of many origins – as well as decreasing pore size to create a smooth, monochromatic, even skin tone.

Recently, the popularity of intense pulsed light treatments and their affordability have led to exciting advances in IPL devices.[3] Unlike lasers, which are limited to a narrow range of wavelengths, broad-spectrum light comprises many different wavelengths. The customization of these wavelengths allows your aesthetic specialist to adjust treatments to your specific conditions, making intense pulsed light a versatile solution for a wide variety of skin concerns. Consider a consultation to see if this brilliant treatment is right for you. Contact us online or call our offices at (512) 688-8000 in Austin, Texas, and (480) 947-7700 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Benefits

When administered by a qualified professional and all pre & post instructions strictly adhered to, intense pulsed light treatments will not cause scarring, infections, or complications. They can also treat multiple issues at the same time. Many studies have concluded that intense pulsed light technology is a highly versatile, safe, and effective treatment for skin disorders such as acne and the signs of aging.[4]

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What Does Intense Pulsed Light Treat?

  • Pigment imperfections
  • Sun damage
  • Acne
  • Freckles
  • Redness
  • Brown & red spots
  • Rosacea
  • Pore size
  • Pigmented lesions such as Becker Nevi, Nevi of Ota
  • Vascular lesions such as cherry angiomas, hemangiomas
  • Dry Eye

What Parts of the Body Can Intense Pulsed Light Treat?

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Hands
  • Legs

Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light

  • Treats sun-damaged skin
  • Treats acne
  • Gets rid of visible veins and capillaries
  • Prevents the effects of premature aging
  • Combines well with other procedures
  • Minimal downtime
  • Easy and quick

Candidates

The ideal candidate for intense pulsed light treatments is somebody who has sun-damaged skin, ruddiness, pigmented, or vascular lesions.
Good candidates for IPL are also frustrated with wrinkles, large pores, acne scars, and spider veins. 
You may want to avoid intense pulsed light treatments if you have darker skin, are pregnant, have psoriasis or eczema, or take Accutane.

Signs of Sun Damage

  • Irregular skin coloration
  • A streaked, reddish appearance
  • Liver spots
  • Wrinkles & sagging skin

Personal Consultation

If you’re wondering whether intense pulsed light is right for you, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Michelle Cabret, Tina Pottorff, LME, CLT (Austin), or Tiffany Carpenter, LME, CLT (Scottsdale). . Together, Dr. Michelle and her esteemed staff will help guide you along your aesthetic journey every step of the way.

Preparation

Before your IPL appointment, be sure to baby your skin! Patients should avoid tanning, sun exposure, sunless tanners, and spray-tans  for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. Wear sunscreen whenever you go outside. Moisturize daily, drink plenty of water, and don’t smoke. Avoid taking any retinoid antibiotics like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac, or Retinol containing skin care products as they will increase your skin’s sensitivity.

Procedure

First, a trained specialist will cleanse your skin. Then she will apply a cooling gel to enhance the intense pulsed light’s effect. Your specialist will then move the pulsing light device over your treated area in a gridded pattern to ensure even coverage. Intense pulsed light usually takes less than an hour to complete, depending on your level of treatment.

Recovery

Your specialist will remove the gel and cleanse your skin again. There will be some slight redness and puffiness, but this is normal, and will soon fade. Avoid the sun for a week, and wear sunscreen as often as you can when you need to venture outside.

Results

Intense pulsed light treatment results are continually evolving, with the best results being seen in three months after your last treatment. Protection from the sun and keeping a proper skincare routine is vital to making the effects of the intense pulsed light treatment last.

Complementary Procedures

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For most patients, a combination of skin resurfacing, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and volume restoration will deliver optimal outcomes.[5]

Skin Care Treatments

Whether your skin is oily, dry, acne-prone, or something else altogether, our team will compose a customized skincare regimen that will treat your specific issues and reveal your glowing complexion.

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a technique for improving and smoothing the texture of the face. Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of the skin. To do this, the chosen peel solution will induce a controlled injury to the skin, making way for the new underlying layer of skin to emerge. Chemical peels are great for people who have darker skin and may not be able to enjoy the effects of intense pulsed light.

Botox

Botox is the legendary neuromodulator that relaxes facial muscles, flattening lines and creating a more youthful appearance. Great for both men and women.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable gels that essentially ‘fill’ in deep facial lines and wrinkles and provide additional volume to the face where it lacked before.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary fat reduction technology that utilizes controlled cool temperatures to target problematic fatty areas. The cool temperatures effectively “freeze” the underlying fat cells, destroying them without damaging the outermost layer of skin.

How Much Does an IPL Photofacial Cost in Texas and Arizona?

The cost of your intense pulsed light photofacial will vary based on the needs and aesthetic goals of the individual, as well as the size and severity of the area being treated. Our aesthetic treatments are tailored to your unique requirements. So, whether you’re in the Lone Star State or the Grand Canyon State, consider a consultation! You can contact us online or call our offices at (512) 688-8000, in Austin, or (480) 947-7700 in Scottsdale. We also offer financing opportunities for patients who qualify.

FAQ

What Is Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense pulsed light is a technology utilized for health and beauty procedures that uses controlled, targeted heat to eliminate skin discoloration.

How Does It Work?

The pulsed light penetrates the skin and eliminates abnormally colored areas. The unwanted pigmentation is eventually brought to the skin’s surface and wiped away, revealing the new underlying skin.

What Areas of the Body Can Intense Pulsed Light Treat?

Intense pulsed light can treat almost any area of the body. The most common areas treated are the legs, back, back of the neck, upper lip, chin, underarms, stomach, bikini line, face, chest, etc.

What’s the Difference Between Intense Pulsed Light and Lasers?

Lasers have only a fixed range of wavelengths. The broad-spectrum light of intense pulsed light is composed of many different wavelengths. Intense pulsed light is also a gentler procedure than laser resurfacing due to being less concentrated.

Are Intense Pulsed Light Treatments Safe?

Yes, intense pulsed light treatments are safe for all ages and effective in the treatment of skin conditions and disorders.

Are Intense Pulsed Light Treatments Painful?

No, intense pulsed light is considered to be a painless experience. Some patients reportedly said that it felt like a rubber band being lightly snapped on their skin.

How Long Do Intense Pulsed Light Treatments Take?

Treatments can last up to 45 minutes with barely any downtime.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

We recommend three to five intense pulsed light treatments spaced about four weeks apart for optimal results.

References

  1. Bitter Jr., P. H., MD. (2000). Noninvasive Rejuvenation of Photodamaged Skin Using Serial, Full‐Face Intense Pulsed Light Treatments, 26(9), 835-843. doi:https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2000.00085.x
  2. Ciocon, D. H., Boker, A., & Goldberg, D. J. (2009). Intense Pulsed Light: What Works, What’s New, What’s Next. Facial Plastic Surgery, 25(5), 290-300. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1243077
  3. Ross, E. V., MD. (2006). Laser versus intense pulsed light: Competing technologies in dermatology. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 38(4), 261-272. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/lsm.20326
  4. Goldberg D. J. (2012). Current trends in intense pulsed light. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 5(6), 45–53.
  5. Farber SE, Epps MT, Brown E, Krochonis J, McConville R, Codner MA. A review of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Plast Aesthet Res 2020;7:72. http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/2347-9264.2020.152