Manish H. Shah MD, FACS

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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial in Denver, CO*

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What is IPL?

If you are concerned about how your skin looks because of sun damage or dark spots, Shah Aesthetic Surgery can offer you a skin analysis at our Denver, CO office to determine if you'll benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). A photofacial with IPL and Venus Versa™ technology is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation concerns on their neck and face. IPL may be a noninvasive process, but it can be very effective and produce amazing results. Plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah and his aesthetic team send intense wavelengths of light that warm the skin cells to start the natural healing process and increase collagen production. In time, you should see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and fewer spots of pigmentation.

Ideal Candidates

An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat several complexion problems (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with little or no downtime. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Shah Aesthetic Surgery will have several issues with their complexion, including rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, sun and age spots, or broken capillaries. Our team will assess your skin to determine if you will benefit from IPL during your private consultation.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL is performed inside our Denver, CO office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our minor procedure rooms if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the photofacial, the technician will wash and dry your skin before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL is performed using the Venus Versa handheld wand that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While many patients will have some discomfort throughout the IPL, it is generally tolerable for the quick treatment time.

What to Expect

There usually is no recovery time needed with an IPL photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your complexion a little red and inflamed. This will subside on its own in about a day — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Shah Aesthetic Surgery recommends patients apply an ointment on the treated skin to minimize irritation and promote healing. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. Over the course of several days, the sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface and then start to flake off. It's important to protect your skin from the sun at all times after a photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you should see visible improvements after the first session, your skin will attain ideal results after multiple IPL photofacial treatments. Dr. Shah and his team suggest that most patients get 3 – 6 sessions done monthly at Shah Aesthetic Surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does IPL cost?
Your complexion issues are unique so your cost for IPL will be dependent on your condition. Shah Aesthetic Surgery offers monthly specials, and we accept most payment methods. In your initial consultation, your technician can estimate your cost and recommend how many sessions are needed for optimal results.

How quick are the results from IPL?
Visible improvements can be seen after each IPL treatment, but final results develop about one month after all of your treatments are done. It is common for you to respond differently to each treatment session. You will see gradual improvements in redness, blotchiness, age spots, and sun spots.

What are the possible side effects of IPL?
You may experience mild side effects, like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, blisters, or bruising. These go away on their own 2 – 3 days following your treatment. Your skin will be sun sensitive and damaging UV rays will negatively affect the results of the procedure. Whenever you go outside, you should always wear sunscreen to avoid issues, like spots and redness.

Do I need to prep for IPL?
Before getting IPL, patients are usually asked to skip sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks before their treatment. You should stop using minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova a few days before your appointment, and you may want to start taking pain relievers a week before your appointment to help prevent bruising. You also need to use sunscreen.

Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
Multiple IPL sessions are better to produce gradual, natural-looking improvements to the appearance of your complexion. Every treatment helps to fade surface irregularities and spots. A series of treatments also produce longer-lasting results.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.