IPL Photofacial

Using intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation technology, our licensed aesthetician takes skin rejuvenation to the next level for enhanced skin tone and a radiant complexion. If your skin has lost its youthful glow and is showing signs of sun damage or aging, it’s time to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments in Tucson at Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery, serving Green Valley, Sierra Vista, Sahuarita, and surrounding communities.

IPL Photofacial
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Case #38

40 year old woman unhappy with her skin health.  She has spent a fair number of years in the sun.  She is now realizing the impact of sun exposure.  She was seen by our licensed aesthetician who recommended medical grade skin care products to prepare for the Intense Pulse Light treatment.  Once she conditioned and prepped... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Your Improvements

IPL may be used on most areas of exposed skin, such as the face, neck, décolletage, shoulders, arms, and hands, to provide a variety of improvements, including:

  • Correcting sun spots, freckles, age spots, and other unwanted pigmentation
  • Softening redness from rosacea and dilated blood vessels (telangiectasias)
  • Minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections
  • Improving skin firmness

For more noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone, consider laser skin rejuvenation with our fractional laser.

Dr. Olson

Meet Dr. Olson

Dr. Jerold Olson is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon dedicated to delivering the comprehensive care you deserve in a warm, welcoming environment. A proud native of Southern Arizona, Dr. Olson is intimately connected to the community he serves. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for aesthetic excellence to his practice, achieving beautiful outcomes uniquely tailored to each patient.

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Everything you need for a healthy glow is in our Tucson Office

How It Works

IPL photofacials use light energy to encourage skin rejuvenation from within. During the procedure, intense pulses of light gently penetrate the skin without harming its surface, heating up and breaking apart concentrated pigment in brown spots. For vascular areas, the light energy heats pigment in red blood cells, causing the blood vessels to collapse and gradually be absorbed. These treatments are best suited for skin that is not suntanned.

What’s the Best Option For Treating Excess Pigmentation?

While IPL is an excellent treatment for brown spots and excess pigmentation, we may suggest the following other options instead or in addition, depending on your cosmetic goals and skincare needs:

Photofacial Treatments

We perform photofacials in our office. First, the skin is cleansed, and a topical anesthetic cream is applied to reduce discomfort. After the skin is numb, which takes approximately an hour, the skin is cleansed again and eye protection is put in place. Next, a cooling gel is applied to the skin. Quick pulses of light are emitted as the handpiece is slowly run over targeted areas. The IPL machine can be adjusted to a gentle setting for delicate areas.

In most cases, the coloring of the skin improves gradually with successive treatments. More than one session spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart is usually required. Periodic follow-up treatments help maintain the benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will the consultation consist of?

During your consultation, your skin will be evaluated to identify candidacy for the procedure. You will learn about the IPL Photofacial treatment process as well as other cosmetic treatments that can help maximize skin health and beauty. Even though the IPL Photofacial is relatively comfortable and does not require downtime, you will receive instructions to help ensure a smooth recovery and beautiful results.

As part of your consultation, we’ll develop a personalized plan for your skin. Other cosmetic procedures may be an alternative or adjunct to treatment, including skin rejuvenation procedures and treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers.

Why is more than one treatment optimal to achieve the best results?

Benefits can be achieved in one IPL treatment. Additional sessions accomplish both this and the maintenance of results.

Is there recovery time needed after IPL?

Experiences vary after IPL, based on the intensity of treatment, the sensitivity of your skin, and other individual factors. Right after your treatment, the skin may look and feel like it’s sunburnt — warm and pink — for a few hours. Brown pigment gradually darkens and collects together under the skin, resembling coffee grounds. This effect is sometimes called “peppering” and sloughs off over the next week or 2.

Redness usually fades gradually as the treated blood vessels shrink and are absorbed. Because the surface of this skin usually is not impacted, it is safe to apply camouflage makeup during this process. Be sure to minimize sun exposure and use a good sunscreen whenever you go out.

You can enjoy more beautiful skin with the help of the advanced technology available at our practice. Request a consultation or call (520) 200-2218, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about the benefits of IPL photorejuvenation treatments. We serve Sierra Vista, Green Valley, and other nearby communities.