IPLIPL: Time to Take Care of Your Skin

After years of simply washing your face and using over-the-counter-products, your skin can begin to show age: veins appear, sun damage is evident, pore size increases, and skin tone is uneven.  These are normal signs of aging which can be improved or reversed by seeking aesthetic, nonsurgical, treatments at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C.

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light

The IPL device emits a range of lightwaves targeted at hemoglobin, the red blood cells in the blood vessels, or melanin, the brown pigment in freckles. The light bypasses the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer of skin, the dermis. These cells, called fibroblasts, start to produce more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles.  Since our supply of collagen dwindles as we age, this treatment is highly beneficial.

IPL is a Versatile Treatment

IPL also called photorejuvenation is a popular treatment for facial revitalization but it can also be used on the neck, chest, hands, and other body parts.

IPL is used for a variety of conditions:

  • Lightens/removes sun spots/brown patches on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other parts of the body.
  • Soothes the redness of rosacea and helps control flushing.
  • Removes/minimizes “broken” blood vessels
  • Improves skin tone because it stimulates collagen
  • Minimizes pore size and fine lines

What to Expect

There is little discomfort or downtime to the IPL, and the benefits are amazing. Treatments take approximately 30 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated.  Generally, the area is numbed 30 minutes before the treatment begins.  The patient wears glasses to protect her eyes. As the handpiece is moved over the face, the pulsing light feels like a series of snaps from a rubber band.  After the treatment, there may be a little swelling and/or redness.

A Series of Treatments is Best

IPL treatments are most successful if the patient plans to have several done over a period of months.  For mild to moderate skin damage, 3-5 treatments are recommended.  More treatments may be indicated depending on the level of damage.  With each treatment, you will see the skin gradually clear.

Patients ask how long the treatments last. Once your skin has been rejuvenated, you will want to keep the glowing results. In order to avoid the reappearance of the brown patches and age spots, you will have to take precautions to avoid sun exposure/damage.  Your results will not last long if you do not protect your skin from the sun.

Here are some other recommendations to help you keep your skin glowing:

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Wear sunscreen every day on your face and hands
  • Schedule maintenance appointments twice a year
  • Discuss pharmaceutical-grade skin products with your aesthetician

Seek an Experienced Professional

Any laser or light treatment should be done by a professional.  When you make an appointment with MetroDerm PC for an IPL treatment, you are treated by a licensed, experienced professional.  Laser treatments should not be done on individuals who are pregnant.


The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. attracts patients from all over the metro Atlanta, GA, area including Cumming, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody.  Contact Dr. Farzad R. Nahai to seek expert advice and treatment.

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