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Renew and refresh your skin with IPL resurfacing. This advanced, non-invasive treatment rejuvenates your skin and resolves many cosmetic concerns. With IPL, your skin is left looking more youthful, clear, and radiant.

What is IPL skin rejuvenation?

IPL skin rejuvenation releases light of many different wavelengths across the skin, like a photo flash. The light from IPL treatments are more scattered and less focused than a laser, which can damage your skin during treatment. IPL treatments are designed to attract and destroy unwanted pigment. However, they require less energy, which means there is less discomfort and a shorter recovery period. IPL penetrates to the second layer of your skin without harming upper layer of the skin, causing minimal damage.

What skin concerns can IPL address?

IPL treatments effectively address and resolve the following skin concerns:

  • sun damage, age spots and other pigmentation concerns
  • rosacea
  • broken capillaries
  • acne scarring
  • vascular lesions
  • …and more

What to expect during IPL treatment

IPL treatments take about 20 minutes. We will begin by applying a cooling gel to the face, and supply protective eyewear. The handheld IPL device will then be passed over your skin.The IPL wavelengths selectively penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, where the light is absorbed by the pigmented cells.

The light destroys the pigmented cells, which are broken into tiny particles the body flushes away. The surrounding skin is unharmed.

As the light flashes across your skin, you will feel what is described as a rubber band snap on the skin. While most patients do not describe the treatment as painful, expect some discomfort.

Benefits of IPL skin rejuvenation

IPL provides a number of benefits for patients who would like to renew and refresh their skin, addressing flaws without invasive measures or significant downtime. Benefits include the following:

  • Non-invasive, safe, and effective
  • Shorter recovery period than laser resurfacing
  • Suits all skin colors and types
  • Achieves a smoother, more even skin tone and texture
  • Revitalizes and renews the skin
  • Reduces or eliminates pigmentation concerns
  • Improves or resolves the appearance of rosacea
  • Smooths acne scarring

Am I a candidate for IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatments?

IPL treatments are designed for men or women of any skin color who would like to resolve skin concerns, particularly pigmentation issues, and revitalize their appearance. Ideal candidates for IPL should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Are not currently taking Accutane or using a retinoid cream
  • Are not pregnant
  • Have not had a recent tanning session in a bed or by the sun
  • Do not have a skin infection or outbreak in the treatment area
  • Do not have severe scarring issues


Once your IPL treatment is complete, you will feel a sensation that is similar to a sunburn on your skin, accompanied by itching, swelling or redness. These effects will pass within a day. At that time, you can continue with all of your usual activities, and you are free to wear makeup again.

As your skin heals, the pigmented areas will darken, raise, and eventually flake off as the underlying healthy skin is revealed. It is important that you do not pick at these areas, as this could damage your skin. Once the pigmented areas come off, your skin will continue to improve over the next 1-2 weeks.


Final results from IPL treatments appear in 1-2 weeks. Some patients only require one treatment to achieve their aesthetic goals for their skin. Others require several treatments. This depends on your skin type and what level of skin damage you have, and what type of skin concern you’re trying to resolve–such as a vascular condition or sun damage.

Results after your treatment or series of treatments are smoother, more radiant skin, and a resolution of pigmentation concerns. To maintrain your glowing results, we recommend IPL maintenance treatments every 6-12 months.

Why choose Dr. Kotis for IPL Skin Rejuvenation?

Patients choose Dr. John A. Kotis because he truly cares, educates and empowers, leaving clients feeling confident about their procedures and thrilled about their outcomes. As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over two decades of experience, his results are stunning, with meticulous attention to detail and nuanced results. Dr. Kotis provides both surgical and non-surgical treatments, ensuring his patients can benefit from a comprehensive range of cosmetic procedures to meet their needs, from plastic surgery to non-invasive treatments such as IPL Skin Rejuvenation. Please call today for a consultation to find out more.

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