Treat brown spots and redness with little to no downtime.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL), also known as Broad Band Light (BBL) or Photofacial, is one of our most popular treatments. We can treat anywhere on the face or body, making it a very effective and versatile treatment.
- Great for sun damage, brown spots and redness
- Minimal to no downtime
- Treat face and body
What to Expect
Photos will be taken prior to your procedure to track your progress. A topical numbing cream will be applied for your comfort. Our experienced providers will discuss your areas of concern and create your treatment plan.
Once ready for the treatment, we will apply an ultrasound gel to your skin and place metal goggles over your eyes to protect them. During the treatment you will see a bright light and feel a slight stinging sensation similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin.
We will apply a cream to promote healing and a mineral-based sunscreen to protect you from the sun. You may be slightly pink or swollen for a couple of hours. Brown spots will pop up like brown pepper flakes and will fall off in a few days. You can apply makeup the day after your treatment.
Before & After
How does IPL work?
By selecting the right wavelength we can target rosacea, redness, and blood vessels, as well as unwanted brown spots from sun damage. You may also notice an improvement in the texture and tone of your skin as the light stimulates slight collagen production.
How long will my appointment take?
Our trained nurses will take pictures and apply a topical numbing for 20 minutes prior to your procedure beginning. Once the treatment begins, it will take about 20 minutes.
Does IPL hurt?
IPL treatments are not painful and feel like a rubber band snap with every pulse of light that is delivered to your skin. This sensation goes away very quickly and most people describe this as a very tolerable and not painful treatment.
Is IPL safe?
IPL is a safe treatment in the hands of an experienced professional. Because the light targets brown pigment in the skin, it is not appropriate for people of color, or if you have a tan since the light may target and remove the color of your skin. We recommend avoiding IPL at least 2 weeks before going into the sun and at least 2 weeks after having been in the sun.
When will I see results?
Brown pigment will come up like black pepper flakes and fall off within 3-7 days. Your redness will fade over the next 2-4 weeks. You may resume activities immediately after the treatment, making this a true no-downtime procedure. We recommend 3-6 treatments spaced 1 month apart for the best results.
How long will my results last?
Your results will depend on your skin type and the sun damage you have developed under your skin. Over time, genetic redness and new pigment from sun exposure history may start to surface and will require maintenance treatments every 3-6 months.
Am I a candidate?
If you have brown spots, signs of sun damage, uneven skin tone, redness or rosacea, IPL may be a good treatment for you. It is a great maintenance treatment for improving and maintaining overall tone and texture. It is not, however, the right choice if you are darker skinned or have a tan. It is best to discuss this with one of our trained providers.
Mona Dermatology feels different because we are different. From our calming, inviting office space, to dermatologists and medical practitioners who are as credentialed as they are kind, there’s so much that sets us apart.
- Dr. Mona Foad named Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctor every year since 2008
- 4.7 average Google rating with 250+ five-star reviews from patients.
- Our providers are extensively and continually trained in the latest advances in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
- We specialize in helping our patients achieve a natural, refreshed look.
- Your goals are our goals. Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.