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A glowing, even complexion doesn’t just happen for many people. Time, genetics and sun exposure can leave you with red, blotchy skin or areas of hyperpigmentation. IPL/BBL treatments have been shown to reactivate skin DNA that normally shuts down with aging – a true anti-aging treatment. An intense-pulsed light photofacial can restore a more even skin tone by stimulating collagen while minimizing redness and discoloration.*
An experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dellinger has achieved board certifications in both plastic/reconstructive and general surgery, and has more than two decades of experience performing surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger works with men and women in Austin and throughout Texas who are interested in improving their appearance with laser treatments.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
An IPL photofacial may be right for you if you have realistic expectations and your skin is blotchy, sun-damaged or has an uneven color. Many people consider IPL to treat wrinkles, fine lines or enlarged pores. A photofacial can also be an effective treatment for people who have patches of redness from rosacea as well as acne that is unresponsive to other treatments.*
A photofacial may not work well for people with darker skin tones or very tanned skin because the light pulses may affect the color of your skin. People with pale, untanned skin may see the best results from an IPL photofacial.*
An IPL photofacial isn’t right for everyone. If you have deep wrinkles or more severe sun damage, Dr. Dellinger may recommend laser skin treatments for more intensive rejuvenation. You can also have other non-surgical cosmetic treatments the same day, such as injectables, to enhance your results.*
Dellinger performs IPL photofacials with the Forever Young BBL device that beams intense pulses of light into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and constrict blood vessels that cause redness. Using broadband light technology, the Forever Young BBL can attain several different wavelengths to best treat different concerns and skin types.*
For the best results, most people have 3 to 5 IPL photofacial treatments spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Dr. Dellinger may recommend having an IPL photofacial every few weeks or months to maintain your results.*
Your appointment for an IPL photofacial shouldn’t take longer than an hour. You have the option of applying a topical numbing cream prior to the treatment, although most patients find they do well without. A gel is then applied to help keep your skin cool and the Forever Young BBL™ applicator is moved over the treatment area for about 5 to 6 minutes. You may feel a warm sensation on your skin during the treatment. Afterward, the gel is removed and sunscreen is applied.
You won’t have any downtime with an IPL photofacial. You can wear makeup right after treatment and move on with your day. Your skin might by slightly swollen and red for an hour or so. Brown spots may temporarily darken after an IPL photofacial, then fade or flake off within 5 to 7 days. You should avoid sun exposure for several days and wear sunscreen for the first few weeks.*
IPL photofacial results can last for a year or longer, especially if you protect your skin from the sun.*
What conditions does BBL Therapy treat?
BBL treatments can address several skin conditions, including brown spots, freckles, melasma, rosacea, skin redness, acne and vascular lesions.
What areas of the body can BBL treat?
While the face is the most common area that people get treatment, BBL can be used just about anywhere on the body, including the neck, chest, arms and hands.
How can I prepare for BBL treatment?
We encourage you to start preparing for your BBL treatment weeks in advance to get the most out of your treatment. A few things you can do before your session include:
How can I prolong the results of my IPL/BBL treatment?
Once completed, the results of your BBL therapy treatment can last up to a year or more. To help maintain your results, you should apply a daily moisturizer with SPF and avoid extended sun exposure when possible. After you’ve completed your series of BBL treatments, yearly maintenance treatments are also recommended to help reinvigorate and preserve your initial results.
Using quality skin care products with a retinoid can also help support your newly rejuvenated skin. Eating healthily, staying hydrated and avoiding smoking can do wonders in keeping skin supple and vibrant.
How should I care for my skin after treatment?
BBL therapy is non-invasive and a relatively gentle treatment. After your treatment, you will be given BBL aftercare instructions with specifics on how you can care for your skin. However, there are some standard guidelines to follow.
If you have rough spots where your hyperpigmentation was treated, let them naturally slough off as picking can result in unevenness. Also, do not exfoliate the treated area for at least the first week. Most importantly, do your best to avoid full-on sun exposure for the first few weeks as they can impact your results.
Are there risks involved with IPL treatments?
As with most non-surgical treatments, IPL treatments are relatively safe but can carry some degree of risk. In rare cases, IPL therapy could cause a sunburn-like burn or allergic reaction. These reactions may lead to other skin issues like increased hyper- or hypopigmentation and blistering.
To schedule your IPL photofacial consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.