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At Rejuvenate! med spa, we perform photofacial treatments using the StarLux™ IPL system for Denver women and men. This non-ablative, non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment employs the remarkable technology of intense pulsed light. IPL photofacials can significantly improve the signs of sun damage, along with the overall appearance of not only your face, but also help rejuvenate your hands and other areas of the body.  This light based device delivers energy to targets and destroys vascular and pigmented lesions.  IPL uses specialized hand-pieces that filter light from different parts of the light spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for treating different concerns, such as sunspots and prominent blood vessels. The light emitted by IPL is absorbed by pigment in sunspots and blood in visible vessels, subsequently reducing their appearance. A series of 3 to 5 treatments every 4 weeks yields the best result.

IPL is just one of the facial rejuvenation treatments offered at Rejuvenate! med spa. You can learn more about surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face here.

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How is an IPL treatment done?

You are given eyewear to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied to your skin through the glass. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band on your skin. Treatments are generally administered in a series of 4 to 6 sessions that provide excellent long-term results with minimal side effects. Each treatment takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the area being treated.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

The number of treatments depends on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of your individual problem. An average of 3 to 6 treatments may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all of your regular activities. By dividing the program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk and “no down time”. Most people appreciate this approach. However, there are options for a more aggressive application if needed.

How does IPL compare with other treatments?

There are separate lasers that treat telangiectasias and broken capillaries, benign brown pigments, and others that are used for resurfacing facial skin such as our CO2RE and LUX 1540 fractional lasers. IPL is the only technology to provide long-term improvement of the complexion and texture without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.

The LaseMD Procedure

The LaseMD skin resurfacing treatment is a gentler approach that requires little or no downtime and is ideal for patients with busy lives who want to refresh their appearance. The tradeoff is that it usually takes 2 or 3 treatment sessions to produce optimal results. Unlike the CO2Re procedure, which uses an ablative fractional laser, LaseMD is a non-ablative, 1927 nm Thulium laser that delivers heat below the skin without cutting it or causing it to bleed or blister. As the tissue heals, the microdamaged skin sloughs off, revealing fresh skin. LaseMD can be used for all skin types.

What conditions can be treated with IPL?

Imperfection on the face or abnormalities can detract from your appearance and make you look older and less healthy. IPL™ technology helps create smoother looking skin. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation, tiny blood vessels (capillaries), sun damage, age spots, flushing and blotchy looking skin. It is an excellent treatment for rosacea and erythema that can cause social embarrassment. It is used on both men and woman successfully without injuring surrounding healthy skin. IPL can be used on the neck, chest, arms and hands. It is also used on back and abdomen for age spots and hemangiomas.

Some patients choose to combine IPL with other treatments like laser hair removal or vein treatment in Denver in order to treat a wider range of conditions. If you are interested in undergoing multiple treatments, speak with one of our surgeons to discuss your options.

Meet Our Surgeons

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

How much does IPL cost?

The size and number of areas to be treated are decided upon in a consultation. Some patients are not eligible for this treatment; therefore, a complete medical history is taken and skin type is ascertained. There are certain medications and topical products that must be avoided when undergoing IPL treatment. IPL is contraindicated for dark skin. Once eligibility has been established, we can give you an estimate for the cost of each treatment or series of treatments.

How do I prepare for IPL treatments?

Your skin must be as close to it’s natural shade as possible prior to each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly will depend on your skin type. Most individuals need at least 4 to 6 weeks fading time, depending upon tan depth. Self-tanning must be discontinued 2 weeks prior to each treatment. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in unwanted striping of the skin or burns.

You must protect your skin from the sun throughout the entire duration of the initial treatments and approximately 4 weeks after the final treatment in the series. Wear an SPF 30 or greater daily protection and a hat for extended exposure. We carry several brands and types of sunscreen products available at Rejuvenate!. Discontinue the use of all topical exfoliating agents such as retinols, glycolic and salicylic acids 3 to 4 days prior to each treatment. You would also avoid microdermabrasion, tissue fillers, and BOTOX® Cosmetic within 1 week of IPL treatments.

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