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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial, Photorejuvenation Facial) – Metairie, New Orleans, LA

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About IPL

When you are bothered by how your skin appears because of dark spots, sun damage, or fine lines, Dr. Jules Walters can perform a skin consultation at our New Orleans or Metairie, LA office 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 or wrinkle problems on their neck and face. A photofacial may be a noninvasive process; however, it can be highly effective and create amazing outcomes. At Walters Plastic Surgery, we use intense pulses of light energy that warm the skin cells to set off the natural healing process and increase 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.

Ideal Candidates

An IPL photofacial reaches the deeper layers of your skin to treat several complexion blemishes (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no recovery needed. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at our practice will have several problems with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, wrinkles, visible pores, redness, freckles, sun and age spots, or spider veins. Dr. Jules Walters will examine your complexion to determine if you will benefit from an IPL photofacial during your initial consultation.

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Procedure Technique

A photofacial is done at our New Orleans or Metairie, LA office in around 20 – 30 minutes in one of our minor procedure rooms if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the photofacial, your technician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with shields. The photofacial is performed with a handheld wand containing the elos laser by Syneron Candela that will pass over the skin while emitting energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the photofacial, it's usually bearable given the quick treatment length.

What to Expect

There usually is no recovery period needed with a photofacial treatment, but you may leave our office with your complexion a little inflamed and red. This will go away naturally in about a day — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Dr. Jules Walters recommends you use a 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 ease 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 critical to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after a photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you will have visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results through multiple photofacial treatments. Dr. Jules Walters suggests most patients get 3 – 6 sessions scheduled monthly.

Get Back your Glow

Even if you didn't think much about your skin's health when you had clear skin, but once skin damage including wrinkles, brown spots, and other concerns are developing, you now may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We encourage you to find out more about photofacial treatments by contacting our New Orleans or Metairie, LA office and making an appointment for a skin examination with Dr. Walters. With photofacial treatments at Walters Plastic Surgery, we can reach the deeper layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.

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