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An IPL photofacial treatment in San Diego helps achieve effective skin renewal. Aging and sun damage can wreak havoc on your skin. Wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation can make you look older than you actually are. IPL photorejuvenation treatments can reverse the effects of aging and sun exposure on your skin for a younger, refreshed appearance.

What Is an IPL Photofacial Treatment?

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a non-invasive treatment similar to laser therapy. However, IPL is able to treat larger areas because it sends out multiple rays of pulsating light. This modality facilitates quicker treatment times and effective targeting of skin concerns. It can treat different skin conditions at the same time without damaging healthy tissues.

An IPL photofacial treatment delivers light energy into the skin, which is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) and converted into heat energy. This causes thermal damage, destroying the excess pigment and promoting the natural healing process. New collagen is produced for clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, melasma, or acne scars, you may be an ideal candidate for an IPL photofacial treatment. Individuals with skin types I-IV are recommended for photorejuvenation treatments. Patients with darker skin tones are at risk of hyperpigmentation due to the higher melanin levels in their skin.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women may not be good candidates for IPL treatments. If you have a history of keloid scarring, you may be given other options.

Your Consultation

A physical examination of your face, neck, and/or chest will be performed during your IPL photofacial treatment consultation. Your skin concerns will be assessed in order to formulate the best treatment approach for you.

Your medical history will be reviewed, including any underlying conditions and current medications. If you are taking antibiotics or Accutane, make sure to mention it.

The IPL Photofacial Treatment Session

The procedure is quick and straightforward. A gel will be applied to the target areas, and the patient will be asked to wear eye protection. The machine will be calibrated to the proper settings to target the patient’s skin concerns.

The handheld device will emit pulses of intense light into the target areas repeatedly. There may be a slight tingling sensation during the procedure. The whole process may take 20 to 30 minutes.


After your IPL treatment, there is no recovery time necessary. You may experience a mild sunburn feeling on the treated areas, which should go away in a few hours. Avoid applying makeup for the next 24 to 48 hours. Dryness may occur, along with some minor peeling, so make sure to apply moisturizer and sunscreen regularly.

How Much Does IPL Photofacial Treatment Cost?

The cost of an IPL photofacial treatment depends on several factors, including the number of treatment areas and the targeted skin concerns. The overall price can also be impacted by the total number of sessions necessary to achieve the desired results.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about the amazing benefits of IPL photofacial treatment in San Diego, get in touch with Dr. Mofid. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and we will be glad to answer any questions.