If you are bothered by how your skin appears because of fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage, Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, offers Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) as a potential treatment option. Also known as BroadBand Light or BBL, this photofacial treatment uses a laser to rejuvenate aging skin, specifically targeting dark areas resulting from skin damage.
As the effects of IPL treatment happen, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved skin tone and decreased pigmentation spots.
IPL Ideal Candidates
An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat many complexion blemishes (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can have several problems with their skin, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, freckles, sun and age spots, or spider veins. The procedure is performed by one of our licensed estheticians. No anesthesia is required and patients can go home the same day.
"Austin-Weston is amazing. My first experience with them was in 2007 when I had a life-changing breast reduction. I healed quickly, had minimal scarring and was able to finally buy a shirt that buttoned within weeks of the surgery. 10 years later, I'm still thrilled with the results.For the past year, I've been seeing Savannah for laser hair removal of some hair in undesirable places. Each time, Savannah is incredibly nice and gentle... And there's a noticeable difference each time. After 6 full sessions and a few touch ups, you can't even tell! And after 30 years on this earth, she informed me that I did not have oily skin and switched me over to an Austin-Weston moisturizer that has greatly improved my complexion and made my skin look so much better!The hair removal has greatly improved my confidence and I'm so excited about the results!"- N.C. / Yelp / Dec 11, 2017
"I absolutely LOVE the Austin-Westin center for Cosmetic Surgery! I used to be very self-conscious when I would wear bikinis because I would get bumps when I shaved and it made me so uncomfortable with my own body, and I hated that. My sister got Laser and highly recommended it so I tried it at the Austin-Westin center with Savannah and after the first time the hair got lighter and thinner! I have now gotten my entire Brazilian done, as well as my face. I love that Savannah makes me feel comfortable and if I need to take a break from the laser she is very patient. I would HIGHLY recommend coming here to get laser treatments, I went to a few spas in the past and the hair never really decreased, and I felt that the machines weren't that strong. I could drastically see a difference in the machines at Austin-Westin than previous ones!"- M.H. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2017
"So far, so good. I r.. - So far, so good. I really like the liplift surgery -- made a real difference in the appearance of my lips. However, I would have like to have had more correction applied to one side than there was. Dr. Knotts is very good and I really appreciated him able to correct an issue caused by another doctor. He has a very good bedside manner and he was very thorough in his explanation of the surgery."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 12, 2016
"I have had multiple post weight loss surgeries with Dr. Knotts (including a body lift and extensive tummy tuck). My experiences with Dr. Knotts, as well as the entire Austin Weston staff has been exceptional."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 20, 2016
"I had multiple surgeries with Dr. Knotts, all of them pose weight loss related skin removal and abdominal rebuilding."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 25, 2016
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $150
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 Days
IPL Procedure Techniques
A photofacial is done at our Reston, VA office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our Skin Care Center rooms. To prepare for the treatment, your esthetician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with shields. The photofacial is performed with a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting light energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the photofacial, it's usually bearable given the quick treatment length. After the treatment, your complexion may be slightly pink and swollen but this resolves in a few hours.
What to Expect with IPL
The recovery period is usually short with a photofacial. You may leave our office with your complexion a little swollen and pink and a sunburned sensation. This will go away naturally in about a day — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery recommends you use a healing cream on the skin to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling. After 2 – 5 days, the irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface and then start to flake away. It is important to protect your skin with sunscreen all the time after getting a photofacial and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you will have visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will get ideal results with multiple photofacial treatments. We suggest most patients get 3 – 6 sessions scheduled every four weeks. Once that regimen is completed, most patients get a freshening treatment once or twice a year afterward.
Get Back your Glow
You probably didn't think much about your skin health when you had clear skin, but once damage, including wrinkles, brown spots, and other issues are developing, you now may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We encourage you to find out more about IPL photofacial treatments by contacting our Reston, VA office and making an appointment for a skin examination with one of our plastic surgeons. With photofacial treatments at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we can reach the deeper layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.