IPL Photofacial in Kansas City

IPL Photofacial

What is a IPL Photofacial?

Photofacial is a laser skin treatment that uses pulsed light to stimulate collagen and improve a number of skin conditions. Also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or simply as Pulsed Light Therapy, a Photofacial can be used to address:

  • Fine Lines
  • Sun Spots
  • Freckles
  • Spider Veins
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Hyperpigmentation

If you struggle with any of these issues and are looking for a safe, effective, non-surgical treatment option, Photofacial may be the exact procedure you’ve been waiting for. Use the contact form on this page or call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule your consultation today. Located in Overland Park, we welcome Photofacial patients from all surrounding areas of Kansas and Missouri.

Lumenis® M22™

We are pleased to offer the Lumenis® M22™ Device for our Photofacial treatments. This state-of-the-art device offers a multi-application platform, enabling it to treat 30 different skin conditions in addition to being useful for laser hair removal.

Designed with nine removable ExpertFilters™ and patented SapphireCool™ lightguides, the Lumenis M22 allows for treatment of both large and small areas including the:

  • Face and Neck
  • Chest and Décolletage
  • Arms and Hands
  • Legs

The universal handpiece allows for rapid changing of filters and lightguides, helping to shorten treatment duration and improve the overall patient experience. What’s more, Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™) helps make treatment with the Lumenis M22 a gentler and more comfortable experience that can be completely customized to meet the needs of the individual.

The Lumenis M22 Photofacial can be used to address skin discoloration, including rosacea and keratosis, acne and acne scars, signs of aging, benign tumors and precancerous growths, dyschromia and pigmentation issues, lentigines, and vascular issues including telangiectasia. The device can be used to address birthmarks, including port wine stains, and general redness of the skin as well. The best way to learn if it has the capacity to meet your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at the Leawood office of Dr. Levi Young.

Infogtaphic: What Conditions can IPL Photofacial Correct?

What is recovery like after IPL?

Photofacial with the Lumenis M22 is incredibly gentle. During treatment, you may experience some warmth as the light is applied. This is not painful and will not produce any lasting side-effects.

Residual redness is common for two to 24 hours following treatment with the Lumenis M22, but this should subside on its own. Making sure to practice proper aftercare will assist with this, as well as with any swelling which may occur during the recovery period.

While safe for most skin tones, people who have had freckles or certain types of lesions treated may experience temporary darkening. Bruising is possible as well, particularly following vascular treatments to areas outside of the face.  

It may take more than one Photofacial treatment to reach your desired goals. Much of this depends on the condition being treated. Most people experience results within one to two days, though it may take up to one week to determine the effectiveness of your treatment. 
IPL Photofacial is safe to perform every two to three weeks. We will discuss how many treatments you can expect before achieving optimal results during your initial consultation. 

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"After going to a second consultation yesterday, I got to witness the night and day difference between Dr. Young’s office and elsewhere. I can’t say enough about how I love the personal feel of your office! Going from a comfortable room to one identical to a typical tiny doctor’s room really left me with a very cold feeling. Thank you so much for your time and your help! Your office was wonderful to visit - it is far superior to the other one I visited, and it is obvious that Dr. Young places a great amount of effort into his work. I appreciate it."


Maintaining Photofacial Results

After treatment, you will continue to age. Your skin will continue to face environmental factors, and be equally impacted by the lifestyle choices you make. You can help to extend your results by adopting a skincare routine designed for your needs. We offer a full selection of SkinMedica® products to assist each patient in this goal. 

You can further lengthen your results by using sunscreen, avoiding tobacco products, getting plenty of sleep, and staying hydrated. We would be happy to provide you with additional suggestions – based on your lifestyle – during your time in our care.

How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Will I Need?

The number of IPL Photofacial treatments you will need depends on factors unique to your anatomy and lifestyle. Some people experience peak outcomes after just one treatment. However, four to six treatments spaced a few weeks apart are needed for optimal results in most cases.

During your initial consultation, we will carefully evaluate the health and appearance of your skin, listen to your goals and desires, and help you determine how many sessions you may require to achieve the most pleasing results.

How can I Prepare for IPL Photofacial Treatment?

While non-surgical and minimally invasive, there are still some steps to take in preparation for IPL Photofacial treatment. This includes ceasing certain medications, such as Accutane®, in the weeks leading up to your procedure. In addition, topical ointments containing Retin-A or Retinol, bleaching creams, glycolic acids, chemical peels, and exfoliants will need to be avoided the week before treatment.

We ask that you arrive at your appointment with freshly cleaned skin. Please do not use makeup, lotion, or similar facial products before treatment. Taking these steps, along with other preparatory measures, will help reduce risks, improve outcomes, and speed your recovery rate. We will provide detailed instructions before your treatment to help ensure you are fully prepared.

Does IPL Photofacial Require Special Aftercare?

Recovery from IPL Photofacial is relatively fast, with most people resuming normal activities within two to five days. Using a cold compress during this time can help to reduce swelling. Using a gentle cleanser to keep skin clean will help prevent infection. You will also need to avoid whirlpools and hot tubs, hot showers, and sweat-inducing workouts during this time.

We will provide you with aftercare instructions, including antibiotic ointments when necessary, to help ensure you continued comfort as you heal.

Are There Risks with IPL Photofacial?

Side effects of IPL Photofacial are rare and typically very mild. However, redness, slight swelling, and discomfort are all possible after treatment. These things should self-correct, but we can provide instructions for dealing with them to help improve your experience. In most cases, these side effects only last for a few days.

Rarer still have more advanced complications such as edema, blistering, hyperpigmentation, keloid formation, leukotrichia, and hematoma been linked to IPL Photofacial. These risks are even further reduced when you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Young, who can fully assess your candidacy for the procedure and provide personalized and accurate medical advice to help ensure the most comfortable recovery possible.

Can IPL Photofacial Correct Several Issues at Once?

IPL Photofacial can address multiple issues at once, and because we utilize the Lumenis M22, we can handle an impressive range of concerns without switching machines or varying treatment. A revolutionary, all-in-one laser system, the Lumenis M22 treats more than three dozen skin concerns, from vascular issues and pigmentation irregularities to signs of aging and unwanted hair, and can address multiple problems during a single session. During your initial consultation, we can provide additional details about the Lumenis M22, its many uses, and how it might be of use to you.

Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation in Kansas City, MO

To learn more about IPL Photofacial in the Kansas City area, please call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 today. Dr. Levi Young is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Overland Park and surrounding areas of Kansas and Missouri.