Intense Pulsed Light

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Over time, as our skin is daily exposed to the damaging effects of the sun and toxins in our environment, signs of aging develop. The face may start to show wrinkles, fine lines, spots of discoloration, and abnormal redness. Unlike the skin of our youth, as we get older, the face and other exposed areas begin to show variation in color and texture. Various procedures are available to help restore the look and feel of youthful skin. IPL Photofacial is a very safe and popular procedure that does just that.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial is a minimally invasive procedure that uses high-intensity broadband light, similar to a laser, to preferentially treat abnormal colored elements in the skin. Rosacea and tiny spider veins that develop especially on the nose and cheekbones are an excellent target of Photofacials. Sunspots that build up in sun-exposed areas, especially the face, the shoulders and upper chest also respond very well to IPL treatment.

Intense pulsed light devices have become very popular in the last 10 years for photo-rejuvenation of skin, as well as hair removal.  They are similar to lasers in the intensity of the light but different in that the light is of a broad spectrum rather than a single wavelength.  At TMD Medispa, we use the Palomar Starlux for IPL Photofacials.

The Starlux is a top of the line IPL system.  Palomar’s proprietary AccuSpectrumSM dual-filtering technology maximizes both safety and efficacy.
Pricing Info (see CelebrityLaserSpa.com for current prices)
Area Single Treatment Prepay Package of 3 Treatments
Face (includes neck)
$275 $700
$150 $375
Upper chest/decolettage
$275 $700
Face / neck / chest
$450 $1175
nose (spider veins/redness)
$125 $325
IPL / Mini-Microdermabrasion 3 Tx Package
0% Financing Available
IPL Photofacial F.A.Q.’s
Is treatment with the Starlux safe?The Starlux IPL is FDA-approved and is very safe when used by trained and experienced clinicians.  The right settings are custom-tailored to your skin color and type and according to desired effects.  To maximize safety, avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment and wear SPF 30 sunblock when going out.  If you are currently tan, then treatment should be avoided until you are back to your baseline skin color.

What kind of results can I expect from IPL treatment?

Each IPL treatment will result in some improvement in redness, decrease in sunspots, and gradual improvement in skin texture irregularity.  Improvements in skin tone may also occur gradually over time.

How frequently do I need treatments?

A single treatment may be satisfactory for some, however treatments may be repeated once every 3 weeks or more for additional benefits.

Who performs the treatments?

Your treatments will be performed by Jeannine, our physician assistant. Jeannine performs all the laser treatments at TMD.

Does the treatment hurt?

The Starlux emits a flash of light that feels hot and may cause you to startle the first time you feel it.  It is not painful, however, and anesthetic is not necessary.

What happens after each treatment?

You may experience some redness and occasionally bruising after your treatment which are all temporary.  Sunspots frequently dry up and begin to flake off.  As with any laser treatment, it is important to protect the skin from the sun after treatment so that darkening of the treated skin does not occur.  Wear SPF 30 sunblock (available at TMD Medi-Spa) for at least 1 week after your photofacial treatment.