Intense pulsed light, also known as IPL, can give patients their best results with no recovery time and with no damage to the surface of the skin, which some patients experience during laser resurfacing or dermabrasion. IPL’s high-intensity pulses of light go straight to the deepest parts of the skin (the dermis), leaving the top layer (epidermis) untouched. IPL is an effective rosacea treatment. Also, compared to typical laser treatment, IPL can treat a larger area of skin at once. IPL typically treatments take about 30 - 45 minutes making it easy for the patient to return to work and normal activities later the same day. Several treatments (sometimes as many as 6) may be required to see the full benefit to the skin. Plastic surgeons, Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty of The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute uses Sciton broad band light (BBL) to treat acne scars, large pores, rosacea, fine lines, and wrinkles on their patients from West Texas and East New Mexico.
Before the laser treatment begins, a cold gel is applied to the area being treated, and patients are given protective eyewear to wear throughout the procedure. Using the IPL hand piece, the physician pulses light to the skin’s surface. Without damaging the skin, the laser is absorbed by the dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat from the laser causes damage to the vessel or lesion, so the body begins a natural healing process. After the treatment is complete, patients can immediately return to normal activities. Redness or blotchiness may last for up to 1-2 hours after the procedure.
"I cannot say how pleased I am with Dr. Schmid, his staff, and my results! The entire process from beginning to end was great!"- D. / Healthgrades / Nov 16, 2018
"I have used Dr. Schmid for a couple of surgeries and have been very pleased with the results. His staff is very respectful and I have never had any issues."- A. / Healthgrades / Dec 04, 2019
"Dr. Schmidt and his staff took real good care of me got everything I wanted done I would highly recommend him and his staff A+ in my book. I am still in the recovery process but I can’t wait for my results."- A.G. / Google / Dec 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Schmid to help me get rid of loose abdominal skin that was a result of weight loss surgery. He did an AMAZING job! I have a flat stomach that doesn't hang over my pants for the first time in life! The confidence this has help me achieve is unbelievable! Dr. Schmid and his staff are GREAT!!!"- J. / Healthgrades / Nov 05, 2019
"I Had an Amazing Experience With Tummy Tuck and Breast Aug - I highly recommend Dr. Robert Schmid and his wonderful staff! From the front desk girls, to the entire staff in the back and the girls in the surgery facility; they are absolutely made for this job. They have all made me feel right at home and comfortable, as well as answering all of the questions I had. If you are looking for a place that knows you by name this is the place to go. I’m also a mom of 2, and he understood my concerns with my tummy. I went in knowing exactly what I wanted done, and listened to his recommendations and we made a plan."- M. / RealSelf / Oct 24, 2019
What to Expect
A physician or trained medical staff member can perform an IPL Photo Rejuvenation laser treatment on patients. The procedure is gentle, safe and non-invasive, which allows for little to no recovery time. A full series of the laser treatment includes 3 to 4 sessions, with each session lasting 20 minutes every 3 weeks. Some patients may experience a slight sting, similar to the snapping of a rubber band, while the skin is being treated. All IPL treatments are customized to each patient’s skin type and condition to provide the best possible, long-lasting results.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation FAQs
Improvement can be seen after each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It’s common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of redness, blotchiness, sunspots and age spots over time.
Most patients experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, bruising or superficial blisters. These subside within a day or two after the procedure.
Do I Need to Prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 to 4 weeks prior to the procedure. They should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment, and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before the procedure to help prevent bruising. Patients should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Are Patients Sun Sensitive?
Patients will not be sun sensitive, but they should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will affect the results of the procedure. Patients should always wear sunscreen to protect their skin, and decrease the appearance of redness, brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
Why so Many Sessions?
A full series of IPL Photo Rejuvenation sessions are required in order to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with little to no risk of the patient’s safety. Multiple sessions also allow for longer-lasting results.
Plan Your Procedure
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