PA-C consulting with a patient about IPL photofacial in Manhattan, NYC

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL turns back the hands of time by selectively destroying melanin (pigment) and hemoglobin (red blood cells) to produce clearer, more beautiful skin.

  • Downtime: Very minimal
  • Pain Level: Minimal
  • Results Duration: Long-lasting


Facial and leg veins, rosacea symptoms, brown spots, signs of aging, and more

Side Effects:

Mild redness and swelling following treatment lasting for 24-72 hours


Primarily used on the face, chest, arms and hands

Follow Up:

Some patients require a second treatment session to achieve an optimal outcome

How Performed:

Handpiece delivers light energy into dermal tissue


Topical anesthetic applied prior to treatment

Procedure Type:

Light device

Expected Outcome:

Reduction in visible vessels, diffuse redness and age spots


Results visible 1-2 weeks after treatment

Years of sun exposure can lead to sunspots, age spots, freckles, and broken blood vessels. The red and brown tones make the skin appear aged and uneven. IPL turns back the hands of time by selectively destroying melanin (pigment) and hemoglobin (red blood cells).

At Spring Street Dermatology in New York City, use IPL to treat the face, chest, arms, and hands. For patients with rosacea, IPL can be used to decrease diffuse redness and prevent flushing.

The Cynosure MaxG offered at Spring Street Dermatology is the most powerful and effective IPL platform available today.

Dr. Pustover consulting with a patient interested in an IPL photofacial in NYC

What is the IPL Photofacial?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, also known as a Photofacial, is a cosmetic treatment that helps rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful appearance. Unlike a laser that focuses just one wavelength of light on the skin, IPL emits varying wavelengths of light, similar to a photo flash.

IPL’s light is more scattered and less focused than a laser, treating various skin conditions simultaneously. The light waves penetrate deep down into the dermis (second skin layer) without damaging the epidermis (outermost layer). The skin’s pigment cells will absorb the light energy to destroy and eliminate the brown and red spots over time. The body also produces more collagen as the wavelengths are delivered to deeper dermal layers to stimulate the process.

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What Does the IPL Photofacial Treat?

Photofacials safely and effectively target skin imperfections, with results that improve over time as the skin thickens and becomes healthier. Because red blood cells or the skin’s melanin absorb light pulses efficiently, IPL Photofacials allow the board-certified dermatologists in our NYC office to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Brown spots
  • Dark patches or age spots
  • Acne
  • Rosacea symptoms
  • Facial and leg veins
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Vascular lesions 
  • Mild to moderate sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Freckles 
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Signs of aging

Who is a Candidate for an IPL Photofacial Treatment?

You might be a good candidate for an IPL Photofacial treatment if you have early signs of aging, sun damage, visible vessels, or pigmentation concerns. The best way to determine your eligibility is to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist at our New York City office, so we can discuss your goals and concerns and determine whether IPL is the right choice for you.

Benefits of IPL Photofacial 

Treats sun damage

Addresses veins and capillaries

Prevents premature skin aging

Treats multiple areas of the body

Offers a quick and easy treatment

Requires minimal downtime

What to Expect During an IPL Treatment 

Your provider will clean the treatment area and apply a cool gel. They will also provide you with dark glasses to wear for eye protection. The dermatologist passes a handheld device over your skin, delivering high-intensity pulses of light energy into the dermal tissue. You might feel mild discomfort during the treatment. In addition to slight warming, patients feel a snapping sensation, similar to a rubber band. Depending on the treatment area, the session should take 20 to 30 minutes.

Schedule Your IPL Photofacial Consultation With a Dermatologist in NYC

Stop the clock on aging and give yourself a rejuvenated appearance through comprehensive medical care and the most advanced cosmetic dermatology treatments available. To learn more about IPL and our other anti-aging treatment options and to schedule online, contact Spring Street Dermatology in NYC to schedule a consultation.


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Questions & Answers

Q: Are there any possible side effects from an IPL Photofacial treatment?

A: Side effects from an IPL Photofacial are typically mild and temporary. Some patients may see skin redness and swelling similar to a sunburn, soreness, tenderness, and irritation for 24-72 hours. Other side effects are extremely rare, particularly when an experienced, board-certified physician performs the procedure.

Q: How long will my results last?

A: Once you achieve your full effects, the results can be long-lasting. Before undergoing an IPL treatment, our board-certified dermatologists will explain proper aftercare techniques to prolong results for as long as possible. Many of our patients have seen results last for several years with an annual touch-up treatment.

Q: Does an IPL Photofacial treatment hurt?

A: Since we use a cooling gel during treatment, most patients only report minimal discomfort. They often describe the sensation as a rubber band snapping on the skin. A topical anesthetic may also be provided to improve your treatment experience. Overall, IPL is a well-tolerated procedure.

Q: What is recovery from an IPL Photofacial treatment like?

A: There is little to no recovery time needed. You should be able to resume your activities immediately following your IPL Photofacial. Redness and other side effects are usually mild, temporary, and should fade naturally. It is critical to protect treated skin from sun damage because the skin is extremely sensitive after treatment.

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New York, NY 10019

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