The Gold Standard in Treatment

The Palomar Icon™ Photorejuvenation IPL is the gold standard in treatment for reversing the color (red and brown) in skin with minimal down time using intense pulse light (IPL.) This targets and reduces the signs of sun damage, treats rosacea, broken capillaries and stimulates collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines on your areas of concern.

How it Works

This treatment targets different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yield the desired response. The wavelengths of light, clear red and brown lesions by targeting the chromophores of hemoglobin (for vessels) and melanin (for brown spots) and cleared by the body. The brown spots undergo a mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days, while the vascular lesions resolve within 10-14 days. This results in removing the appearance of the lesion from the skin.



Photorejuvenation IPL FAQs

We have compiled a list of questions that we are frequently asked during our consultations for IPL treatments. We recommend that you schedule a complimentary consultation by calling our office at: (425) 420-2663

Q: How many treatments are recommended?

On average, you can expect approximately 10-20% reduction in red and brown with each treatment. Therefore, we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, 3-4 weeks apart depending on what you are targeting. We will make a recommendation based on your skin type and concerns during your consultation. 

Q: Who performs the treatment?

The treatments are performed by our highly trained Master Aesthetician, and supervised by Dr. McIntosh. We have the highest protocols in place to ensure your safety and an optimal outcome.

Q: Can I get other treatments done the same day? 

Yes, You can combine Botox Cosmetic, dermal fillers, dermaplaning and fractionated laser treatments on the same day as your IPL treatment.

Q: What should I expect after my treatments? 

You can expect to see mild redness, darkening of brown spots, and mild swelling that will resolve in several hours to one week. If treating rosacea, redness and/or spider veins, you can expect swelling for the first 72 hours and possibly bruising which can take up to two weeks to resolve. Brown spots generally look darker for several days, which can last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally resolve at one month.

Do not worry if there is some unevenness after the first treatment, this is normal. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently.

Preparing for your Photorejuvenation Treatment

Two weeks before your treatment: 

  • Please avoid self-tanners and outdoor sun exposure. 
  • Please protect your skin pre and post laser treatments with Dr. Bryan McIntosh approved SPF every morning, reapplying every two hours when outside. Hats and sunglasses are also good protection from the sun.

One Week Before Your Treatment:

  • Please avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment unless medically indicated, to reduce your risk of bruising.
  • Please discontinue Doxycycline, Minocycline or Retin-A/Renova, glycolic products, for several days prior to each treatment. These medications can be resumed 1 week after treatment.

Management of discomfort before your treatment:

The majority of our patients find the combination of Tylenol and Lidocaine numbing gel very effective in managing the discomfort of IPL treatments.

Post-Care Photorejuvenation Instructions

  1. Cold compresses can be applied to the treated area to reduce discomfort or swelling for 10-15 minutes every 2-4 hours for the next 2-3 days as needed. We will provide you with a re-usable ice pack. Sleep with 2 pillows for 1-2 nights after your treatment to diminish swelling, as needed, avoid salt and alcohol (they all make swelling worse).
     
  2. To maximize the reduction of redness and spider veins from your treatment, avoid anything that makes you flush or blush for 72 hours (this includes hot yoga).
     
  3. Apply sun protection in the morning and reapply every 80 minutes while outside. Avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 2-4 weeks after your treatment. Do not use Retin A/Renova or glycolic products for 2 weeks. Please use only gentle cleansers and products for several days after your treatment to minimize skin irritation.

Remember, it takes a series of 3-5 treatments on average to see the final results of your newly rejuvenated skin from the Photorejuvenation treatment.

If blistering develops in treated area, notify your laser treatment provider that day at (425) 420-2663, and we request for you to be seen within the next business day. Apply a thin layer of Polysporin/Vaseline ointment, and reapply as needed to keep the area hydrated (at least 4 times daily).