Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida is pleased to announce two new light-based treatment programs for skin rejuvenation — Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Light/laser-based therapies have received much attention in the media, accompanied by both realistic and unrealistic claims. The various lasers and brand-name therapies have produced confusion among many patients, and our staff at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery is here to clarify some of the most important points about this treatment. All forms of laser and light therapy use amplified light to treat the skin. Each type of treatment has distinct goals, recovery time and results. IPL uses pulses of light similar to a very powerful camera flash. This therapy effectively reduces sun spots, skin discoloration and superficial blood vessels, as well as the redness and flushing from rosacea. Sun damage and brown spots of the chest and hands may also be treated. Some patients note subtle improvements in skin texture and pore size.
Before the laser treatment begins, a cold gel is applied to the area being treated, and patients are given protective eyewear to wear throughout the procedure. Using the IPL hand piece, the physician pulses light to the skin’s surface. Without damaging the skin, the laser is absorbed by the dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat from the laser causes damage to the vessel or lesion, so the body begins a natural healing process. After the treatment is complete, patients can immediately return to normal activities. Redness or blotchiness may last for up to 1-2 hours after the procedure.
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A physician or trained medical staff member can perform an IPL Photo Rejuvenation laser treatment on patients. The procedure is gentle, safe and non-invasive, which allows for little to no recovery time. A full series of the laser treatment includes 3 to 4 sessions, with each session lasting 20 minutes every 3 weeks. Some patients may experience a slight sting, similar to the snapping of a rubber band, while the skin is being treated. All IPL treatments are customized to each patient’s skin type and condition to provide the best possible, long-lasting results.
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Improvement can be seen after each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It’s common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of redness, blotchiness, sunspots and age spots over time.
Most patients experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, bruising or superficial blisters. These subside within a day or two after the procedure.
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Patients about to undergo an IPL laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 to 4 weeks prior to the procedure. They should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment, and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before the procedure to help prevent bruising. Patients should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
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Patients will not be sun sensitive, but they should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will affect the results of the procedure. Patients should always wear sunscreen to protect their skin, and decrease the appearance of redness, brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
Why so Many Sessions?@headingTag>
A full series of IPL Photo Rejuvenation sessions are required in order to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with little to no risk of the patient’s safety. Multiple sessions also allow for longer-lasting results.
"I am writing this article in praise of my Aesthetician, Chris Weber at PVPS. I recently had a small procedure done and was concerned about post surgery care and maintenance of my lid area of my eye which is very delicate. I have been going to Chris at PVPS for several years now and thoroughly have enjoyed her tips and especially the expert and thorough knowledge she expends through years of her attending the most advanced progressive symposia's and certifications in skincare. My skin always looks marvelous when I follow in her advice on skincare and many family and friends have now made PVPS their skincare meca of choice and Chris as their Aesthetician. No matter if I choose to use the skincare that she recommends after she utilizes on a facial for me or to first "test drive" the skincare products I always return to get those products because quite honestly my skin just looks and feels better! Again, I returned to Chris to follow up and heed her suggestions of what would help firm, moisturize and keep my delicate eye area looking tight and smooth. I have been following this regimen and gotten many compliments. I started out after having several different skincare specialists after moving to Jacksonville but have stayed with Chris simply because I love her amazing deep cleansing facial's and how I look and feel afterward. I expected the best at PVPS but certainly surprised that Chris has elevated my experience far beyond my own expectations, she is superior at her craft! Chris is the total package for indulgence, experience and complete relaxation!"- L.W. / Yelp / Nov 17, 2015
"Had a great experience! Loved each person I encountered along the way! Very happy!"- N.M. / Facebook / Jul 14, 2017
"Something that I've waited my entire life to receive... you changed my life. Dr Sternberg is gold, a good man, exceptional surgeon made me feel valued, important, that I mattered. Thank you. The staff... the girls... I love your energy, your smiles, all the moments when you listened too me as I shared my story. I was so excited. I just want to say thank you for being a part of this moment. Ponte Verda Plastic Surgery is extraordinary and I would recommend them to everyone seeking to have your moment. I had mine and it was better than I ever dreamed. -Madison"- M.M. / Yelp / Jul 07, 2017
"Dr. Scioscia did my upper and lower blepharoplasty with laser resurfacing and I can not say enough good things! :) My recovery is not totally completed yet, but I can already see an awesome difference!! :) He is a very kind Doctor and he did an excellent job. The Ponte Vedra office itself is very impressive and the nurses are SOOO amazing!! Nurse Jennifer was beyond helpful and caring throughout this whole process. She definitely gave me the strength, support, and encouragement I needed! She helped me every step of the way, always followed up with me, and always answered any questions I have had! There are no words to explain how outstanding I think she is!!! :) I also had a great experience with Nurse Taylor who did my IV (I am a "hard stick" and she got me in one try which is amazing!). She was extremely caring and helpful! Kathi is another person I found to be very kind and helpful! Seriously, it is an OUTSTANDING staff there!! :) I felt cared for and very safe the whole time. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!"- R. / Google / Jun 18, 2017
"Dr Burk is an extraordinary surgeon - I had breast augmentation surgery about 4 weeks ago and the result has by far exceeded my expectations. I could not be happier!Dr Burk was recommended to me by one of his own colleagues which in itself is a great distinction. He was kind and thorough in explaining the process, and always readily available to answer additional questions. His nurse Carol has been a wonderful and caring resource..."- K. / RealSelf / Jun 17, 2017
The expected cost for a full series of IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments is between $200 and $2,000, depending on the area being treated. The laser treatment can be purchased in a series, or by individual sessions. Individual sessions cost between $100 and $900, also depending on the area being treated.