If you are bothered by how your skin appears because of dark spots, sun damage, and more, Pacific Skin Corte Madera can help. We will perform a skin consultation to determine if you could benefit from IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. A photofacial with IPL is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin for adults with hyperpigmentation problems on their neck, face, and hands. It can also reduce mild acne scars, dark eye circles, and fine lines. A photofacial is a noninvasive process; however, it can be highly effective and create amazing outcomes. Board-certified dermatologist Tracy Evans uses intense pulses of light to target and dissolve the pigmented cells. The treatment also stimulates the natural healing process and increases the production of collagen. As the added nutrients take effect, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and decreased spots of pigmentation.
"I went in to have a basal spot on my back removed. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Evans for years. She’s the best. I’ve never had a bad experience with her or anyone that works for her. She’s an excellent doctor and I trust her judgment/diagnoses completely. I particularly appreciated the way the procedure was handled. Everything is thoroughly explained and as they’re ‘working’ they tell you exactly what they’re about to do so there are no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Evans (and in fact have recommended her to many of my friends). Having basal cells removed (I think the procedure is called Mose) is not a pleasant experience but Dr. Evans and her staff make it as pleasant and painless as possible"- A.D. / Google / May 30, 2019
"Dr Evan's has been treating my various dermatological issues for several years. Every visit is met with professionalism and complete confidence with what I present. When I needed further diagnosis she was quick to refer me to a specialist. Dr Evans has made herself available on a few occasions after hours to discuss my emergent needs."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 28, 2019
"DR Evans is thorough, very well educated and has an excellent staff in her well appointed office."- V.K. / Facebook / May 09, 2019
"I LOOOVE Dr. Evans and her whole team! Incredible customer service and great results for cool sculpting on my husband and fraxel on me! My skin is completely transformed and my husband was able to eliminate some fat pockets that no amount of exercise could touch! This is a top notch medical team with fabulous cosmetic services as well as the highest quality dermatology! I want to particularly thank Shantelle for being such a rock star! I'll be coming back for more and referring all my friends!"- E.M. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"I love the quiet, spa-like atmosphere of Dr Evans' Corte Madera office. She and her staff offer a diverse array of treatments as well as complete dermatological care. Recently, I tried cool sculpting with Shantelle and was so pleased with the results. Shantelle is a skilled practitioner and very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this office."- M.K. / Yelp / Apr 09, 2019
An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat complexion issues with minimal or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at Pacific Skin Corte Madera are those who have complexion problems, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), acne scars, visible pores, redness, freckles, sun and age spots, or spider veins. Tracy Evans, M.D. or one of our dermatological professionals will examine your areas of concern during your initial consultation to determine if you could benefit from an IPL photofacial. Almost everyone is a candidate for this gentle treatment, but be sure to mention any medications that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun as these can increase the risk of complications.
A photofacial can be performed in about 20 – 45 minutes if no other treatments are performed. To prepare your skin for the IPL facial, your technician will wash and dry your face and protect your eyes with shields. The photofacial is performed using the Lumenis® M22 laser through a handheld wand that is passed over the skin. Most patients do report some mild discomfort that feels like a rubber band being snapped on the skin, but it's usually bearable since the treatments are relatively quick. However, if you are anxious about discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream prior to your procedure.
What to Expect
There usually is no recovery period needed after an IPL photofacial, but your complexion will be a little red and swollen when you leave our office. This will go away naturally in about a day and can be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Pacific Skin recommends that you use a cream to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to help decrease swelling. After 2 – 5 days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is necessary to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after an IPL photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. You will have visible improvements after your first treatment, but your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple photofacial treatments. Tracy Evans, M.D. recommends that most patients get 3 – 6 sessions scheduled every four weeks at Pacific Skin Corte Madera.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL cost?
Your skin is unique so your cost for IPL treatments will vary based on your goals. Pacific Skin in Corte Madera often offers special deals and packages, and we take several different payment methods to help make treatments more affordable. At your consultation, we can recommend how many sessions are needed to fit your needs and goals and then discuss the costs.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Most patients will experience a disappearance or significant reduction in skin irregularities after a series of treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart. However, results depend on the type and severity of the condition being treated. Sun spots and other forms of sun damage tend to darken after treatment and then shed from the skin after 1 – 2 weeks. Patients with rosacea often notice a decrease in redness and a return to a more normal skin tone within a week. Those with spider veins may experience a full or partial fading of affected vessels after 10 – 14 days.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
Photofacials are considered safe and effective for most patients with only a minor risk of bruising and redness, which usually fade on their own. Most patients are ideal candidates for photofacials, though one possible contraindication for photofacial treatment is medication that increases photosensitivity. If you use a topical or oral medicine that makes you more sensitive to light, this may not be the right form of treatment. Be sure to discuss your medical history and any medications during your consultation with Dr. Evans.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
To prepare for an IPL treatment, patients are asked to avoid sun exposure and self-tanners for 2 – 4 weeks before their appointment. You might need to stop using certain medications and topical creams, like Retin-A, a few days before your procedure, and you may want to start taking ibuprofen or aspirin 5 – 7 days before your appointment to reduce inflammation, which lowers your chance of bruising. You also need to use sun protection (like a hat and sunscreen).
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
We recommend getting a series of IPL treatments to produce natural-looking improvements to your complexion. Every treatment will reduce spots and other surface irregularities. Having several treatments also produces longer-lasting improvements.
Get Your Glow Back
Most people don't think much about their skin's health when they have a clear complexion. However, once skin damage, including hyperpigmentation and other irregularities, develop, they may be interested in treatments that address their appearance. We encourage you to find out more about photofacial treatments by contacting our Corte Madera, CA office and making an appointment for a skin examination. With photofacial treatments at Pacific Skin, we can reach the deeper layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.