Overview: IPL Photo Rejuvenation Procedure

While the visible signs of aging can’t be avoided, they can be dramatically minimized. Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL Photo Rejuvenation is a laser treatment used to balance skin tone, and reduce the amount of sunspots and age spots. IPL is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of Rosacea, redness, broken capillaries and mild acne scars on the face, neck, chest and hands. Men and women who show signs of aged or sun-damaged skin are the ideal candidates for IPL Photo Rejuvenation. This treatment provides patients with gradual, natural improvement and long-term results.

Surgical Technique

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.

A Before photo of IPL Photo Rejuvenation Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov


An After photo of IPL Photo Rejuvenation by Dr. Craig Jonov


Questions about IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Quick Results?
You can see improvement after each treatment, but you will see the best results a month after a full series of treatments. 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.

Side Effects?
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.

During/After IPL Photo Rejuvenation Procedure

Before the laser treatment begins, the practitioner applies a cold gel to the chosen treatment area, and  they give patients 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, dilated vessels or pigmentation absorb the laser. 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.

Average Cost

$50 – $400

Recovery Time


Average Procedure Time

20 Minutes


Lynnwood, Kirkland & Bellevue, WA

It has been so nice not having to worry about putting on foundation before leaving the house. Before getting phototherapy, my skin was always red, and made me looked sunburn or blushing all the time, after getting the treatments done, my skin looks healthy and has an even smooth complexion. I love being able to just walk out now without having to always put on foundation cream to cover the redness. The treatment is slightly painful, like a little rubber band snapping on your face for the duration of the treatment but the staff was phenomenal and had great tricks and tips to make it as pleasant as possible.

TinaThe staff is awesome!

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To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jonov or with any questions about the IPL Photo Rejuvenation Procedure at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery serving Kirkland, Bellevue & Lynnwood, WA.

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