Intense Pulsed Light in Oro Valley, AZ

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL treatments in Tucson, most commonly known as the “photofacial,” are used to combat the effects of sun damage, rosacea, and aging. If you have been searching for a noninvasive solution to improve the appearance of your skin, consider the benefits of IPL (intense pulsed light). The IPL procedure is relatively mild; most women and men can experience its accumulative benefits by the third treatment. It is a top favorite among patients.

The difference between Sun Damage, Brown Spots, Freckles and Melasma

Many patients do not know the difference between sun damage, melasma, freckles, and brown spots (lentigos). Melasma is very symmetrical in patterns on the face, whereas sun damage is sporadic and varies in the shape and sizes of brown discolorations. Melasma can be a much larger pattern and can clearly be diagnosed by noticing the well-defined borders of the condition. Sun damage can produce a variety of different types of brown spots. The brown spots generated from the sun are called solar lentigines, also referred to as age or liver spots. These are often a sign of much more sun damage that lies beneath the surface of the skin that will soon appear. Treating the entire sun-damaged area versus the sun-damaged spot (age spot) is the most effective route with intense pulsed light treatments (IPL) for patients in Tucson, AZ to achieve a long-term benefit of a clear, even-toned complexion.

Freckles can be difficult to treat; however, it doesn’t mean that you won’t see overall fading. Because of the depth of the skin that freckles generate from, there are other excellent treatment options that may need consideration for best results.

Due to the various types of brown spots, lasers can be one of the most advanced technology procedures to treat certain types of dark brown discolorations (hyperpigmentation). We will examine your skin and deliver a proper diagnosis to help determine the best treatment approach. Combination therapies are often considered to achieve the best results.

How does IPL work?

The IPL device emits a range of light waves that target the sun-damaged skin and redness that accumulated over time, affecting the skin's overall appearance. The fragmented melanin and tiny blood vessels are absorbed by the body, allowing them to fade away and become less visible. The effect of heating the skin into the deeper layers will also stimulate collagen, producing a more firm, fresh complexion.

Throughout a series of recommended treatments, brown spots fade, skin tone becomes more even, pore size is reduced, and fine lines and wrinkles will undoubtedly benefit from the collagen stimulation this treatment provides. Skin improvements for patients with rosacea steadily increase throughout a recommended series. Intense pulsed light is a safe procedure to combine other coordinating skin treatments for targeted results. This combination therapy approach at Skin Care By Design has been proven to deliver superior results. Ask your skin care provider if one of our Fusion Therapies is right for you.

Time and Recovery

There is typically no downtime with this procedure, and it does not require a topical anesthetic. The virtually painless process is easy and convenient, often performed in many aesthetic practices for patients on their lunch break. Regular activities can be resumed shortly after your IPL treatment within the guidelines of your post-treatment care. Intense pulsed light often gives a rapid improvement in the skin's tone and texture, and nearly all skin types benefit from IPL in reducing brown spots, sun damage, rosacea, acne scars, spider veins, freckles, and birth marks.

A series of IPL treatments at 3 – 4 week intervals are recommended to achieve optimal results. If you have never had IPL treatments, the recommendation will be results focused toward an initial series of six treatments. After your initial series is complete, you could require an occasional follow-up treatment to maintain continued results. Our registered nurses will educate you in the proper ways of caring for your skin so you can maintain a more youthful, healthy appearance. Each appointment is 30 – 45 minutes per area. Common areas successfully treated with the IPL are face, neck, chest, hands, arms, shoulders, and legs.

How much does it cost?

Single IPL treatments for the face $249

  • Ask about our results program of six treatments and find out what spa benefits are available to you.
  • Individual IPL treatments on other areas, such as neck, chest, hands, arms, and shoulders range from $125 to $399 per area.
  • Our registered nurses will recommend the right options for your desired results.

I absolutely love this practice and its entire staff especially Ms. Linda the owner. She addresses all my skin care concerns. It’s never too late to prevent or just pamper!

A.C. Yelp

I was running late for my first appointment but the staff was so kind and understanding. There were beverages to choose from in the waiting area. When Crystal explained the procedures to me, I could tell she was confident. Her skill is exemplary and she has a great flow as she applies product and connects procedures. I found myself smiling as she was dermal planing as my chin has been troublesome, and THAT was just the beginning! I left feeling 10 years younger, with a couple of the recommended take home products to extend my skin’s fabulous glow. This spa has a high rewards program that will cover the products I purchased and part of a service. At checkout I was gifted a bag with valuable information on the rewards, the area and future services. The best way to remember self-care is to book my next appointment before I leave, and I sure did! Happy to have found this place!

C.W. Yelp

I am so happy I found this place! From the moment I walked in I was so comfortable and relaxed. The front office staff was so friendly and helpful. I had my consultation with Linda who was so great. She listened to my concerns and then gave me many different alternatives explaining each one. She did not try to convince me to do anything! I was so impressed I told my friend and he asked me to take him there for a B-12 shot and even though he didn't have an appointment Linda took the time to do a consultation with him regarding some skin concerns he had. This was my first time getting lip filler and botox. I was with Lindsey and she was so awesome! She talked everything over with me before we started and explained everything she was doing as she went. She made me feel so relaxed and happy. She did an amazing job. I absolutely love how I look. I can't wait to go back and see her again. I only wish I had done this sooner! These people are the BEST!!

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Wonderful, calm, atmosphere; knowledgeable, caring staff. Linda is expert at what she does! They never try to up-sell, always keep your best interests in mind. They have my loyalty!

C.D. Google

This place is great because they are always accommodating, friendly, punctual and above all very experienced!  I highly recommend Natasha.  I’ve had appts for filler/Botox/brows and laser hair removal.

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