Common Questions About the IPL PhotoFacial, Answered

When you look in the mirror, are you starting to notice that your skin doesn’t look as youthful as it used to? Throughout our lives, our skin is exposed to many different factors, including the sun and free radicals. The natural aging process and genetics can also take a toll on how our skin ages. At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer an effective, nonsurgical solution to common signs of aging with the IPL Photofacial treatment. Read on to learn more about this treatment and what it can do for you.

How Does the IPL Photofacial Work?

The IPL Photofacial targets deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen growth. As the building block of healthy skin, collagen can strengthen and smooth the skin, as well as cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing redness. During treatment, the IPL machine will feel like a small rubber band snapping against your skin, which may cause minimal discomfort, but is very tolerable. One treatment takes only about 30 minutes to complete, which makes it a great “lunchtime” treatment. It is recommended that most patients undergo 3-5 treatment sessions over the course of several months to ensure optimal results.

Can You Benefit from an IPL Photofacial?

So, how do you know if this treatment option is right for you? The best way to determine your candidacy is through a consultation at our office. However, if you can agree to the following statements, you can probably benefit from an IPL Photofacial.

You Want to Prevent Signs of Aging

If you are looking to treat or prevent signs of aging such as age spots and sun spots, rosacea, facial slushing, large pores, dark under eye circles, of fine lines, you may be able to benefit from an IPL treatment. Because this treatment actually stimulates collagen production in the skin, results will be natural-looking and long-lasting.

You Want Fast, Natural-Looking Results

Results from an IPL Photofacial are noticeable about seven days post treatment and will continue to improve after each treatment session. Results are natural-looking, so you’ll look like you, only younger!

You Don’t Want A Lot of Recovery Time

IPL Photofacials require little to no downtime, making it a great option for those with busy schedules. Most patients only report mild redness after treatment, and makeup can help to camouflage any dark spots that may be noticeable until they begin to fade after 7-10 days.

You Are Not Pregnant

Patients who undergo an IPL Photofacial treatment should not be pregnant or breastfeeding, as it is not known how this treatment may affect the unborn child.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for an IPL Treatment?

Individuals with tanned skin or those with naturally dark skin may not be the best candidates for IPL Photofacials. This is because this treatment may result in hyperpigmentation or uneven pigmentation issues in these individuals. During your consultation, our team will thoroughly evaluate your skin color and health to determine your candidacy. Be sure that you are in overall good health and do not have any active infections or open wounds on or near the treatment site.

Is there Preparation for an IPL Photofacial?

Prior to the IPL treatment, patients should avoid excessive sun exposure, self-tanners, and tanning before for 2-4 weeks. You should be very diligent about applying sunscreen every morning to help protect your skin. Also, to avoid bruising, it is recommended that you do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve for one week prior to treatment. Also, stop using any skincare products that contain Retin-A at least one week before. Our team will provide you with specific pre-treatment instructions to help ensure optimal results.

Is There Downtime Associated with the IPL Photofacial Treatment?

One of the greatest benefits of the IPL Photofacial treatment is that there is little to no downtime after treatment. Because it uses multiple wavelengths of light instead of laser energy, IPL does not negatively affect the outer layers of skin, making recovery much quicker than traditional laser treatments.

If you are interested in learning more about the IPL Photofacial treatment at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, contact our Jupiter, FL office today to schedule your consultation appointment. Also, don’t miss out on our fall special; enjoy 25% off any IPL package! Our team, including Dr. Ricardo Mejia, board-certified dermatologist, will ensure that an individualized treatment plan will be created for you to ensure that your individual aesthetic goals are addressed and met. Our goal is to ensure that each patient received the professional and personalized treatment they deserve.

What You Should Know About the IPL Photofacial

The IPL photofacial is a skin laser treatment that is used to penetrate into the skin and treat blemishes and pigmentation, among many other concerns. This treatment is gentler than other skin treatment options, but is still highly effective for skin conditions such as facial flushing, rosacea and reddening, age spots and sun spots, enlarged pores, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Based on your skin condition, your dermatologist will determine if the IPL photofacial is the optimum solution for you and your skin. Here are some important things to know about it.

What is the IPL Photofacial?

The IPL photofacial, sometimes called IPL photorejuvenation, is a laser treatment that can effectively treatment pigment and unfavorable blemishes. It does this by delivering intense pulsed light deep beneath the skin where it can constrict blood vessels, destroy cells that produce melanin, and jumpstart your skin’s collagen production. It doesn’t require any downtime and you can immediately return to your regular schedule, making it preferable to other resurfacing laser or skin treatments.

Our IPL photofacial system uses the Lumenis M22 system, which allows us to perform many different laser treatments, including vein treatment and laser resurfacing, with only one system. This laser system comes with changeable handpiece filters and guides, allowing optimal treatment of your unique areas. This handpiece also contains sapphire lightguides to cool the skin as it comes into contact with the light energy, meaning the surface of the skin is not affected by heat. This makes our IPL photofacial treatments comfortable and worry-free– and with great results, of course.

Candidates For IPL Photofacial

Patients who wish to improve their skin drastically with a gentle treatment and no side effects should consider themselves as prime candidates for the IPL photofacial. However, patients who are very tan or have dark skin can experience complications and hyperpigmentation with this procedure and may be dissuaded. It’s important to cease using any Vitamin A products on the skin before this treatment, since this can cause complications (if you have any hesitations about certain products, be sure to ask). Certain active skin conditions can be cause for delaying this treatment, as well as any recent sunburn or sun damage. For the best determination of your candidacy, you can meet with our skincare specialists who can professionally recommend the best skincare treatment for you.

The IPL Photofacial Procedure

During this procedure, only the damaged skin is targeted and unwanted melanin is eliminated. This occurs through very quick pulses of intense light, which affects only the deeper layers of the skin. This is a fairly quick procedure and requires only around 30 minutes to complete, depending on your treatment area. Patients with lower tolerance may experience some discomfort during this procedure, but we can supply a topical anesthetic if needed. Most patients report feeling something similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This can be accompanied by a warming sensation as the light energy is applied to the skin, but a cooling gel is also applied to prevent too much heat and allow the handpiece to pass easily over the skin. Protective eyewear is required for this procedure, and you will need to remove any contact lenses if you wear them.

Results and Recovery

You may experience some mild redness and swelling afterward, but these symptoms can be easily controlled with the help of an ice pack. You can return to your regular schedule immediately. Most patients undergo a package of 3-5 treatments for best results, spaced about 4 weeks apart in order to give your skin time to recover. It’s very important to care for your skin during the first few days after recovery, most importantly with the use of an SPF30+ when going outside, since your skin will be photosensitive during this time. It’s also important to keep the treatment area moisturized and avoid certain products like skin makeup or Vitamin A, as well as avoiding sweating, perspiring, or exposing the skin to hot water. As with any skincare treatment, do not pick or scratch the treatment area, as this can cause infection. After the initial recovery period, most patients see results with just one treatment.

If you’ve been struggling with pigmentation, wrinkles, scars, or acne, the IPL Photofacial may be your best option. To see what this and other skincare treatments can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our dermatologists who can recommend a treatment plan.

 

Say Goodbye to Unwanted Tattoos with Tattoo Removal

Are you rethinking your ink? Perhaps you got your tattoo as a teenager, your tattoo no longer has meaning, or you just don’t like the design anymore.  No matter the reason, laser tattoo removal can help to eliminate your unwanted tattoo for good. This treatment is proven and safe for long-term results. Read on for some basic information regarding tattoo removal, as well as how it works, and what to expect during and following treatment. Being informed on what to expect with your tattoo removal treatment will make the process much smoother.

About Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a treatment done to eliminate tattoo ink in the skin. At Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, we use the PIQ04 laser to remove tattoos. This laser is the most powerful and versatile on the market with four wavelengths, allowing for treatment of every color ink. It also has the largest spot size, meaning that it can treat a tattoo much faster, as well as penetrate deeper into the skin to treat a tattoo at all levels.

With tattoos, black inks and some reds are the easiest to remove, while greens and light blues are the hardest. The PIQ04 laser can treat nine of the most common ink colors, allowing patients with even brightly-colored tattoos to see fading after a few treatments. Patients can also expect up to 40% fewer treatments than they would if they were using other lasers, which means they can see results much quicker.

How Does the PIQ04 Laser Work?

The PIQ04 laser uses ultra-short pulses of laser energy that shatters targeted ink into small particles that are naturally eliminated by the body. While other tattoo removal devices may require up to 30 treatments, the PIQ04 laser usually only require 8-12 treatments to see optimal results, saving you time and money.  In some cases black tattoos can be removed with as little as three treatments.

What is Treatment Like? Is there a painless option?

Yes! As a full service dermatology office, we have the ability to make it painless. During treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to ensure your comfort. Additional local anesthesia can be used to feel absolutely nothing. Additionally we have the Zimmer chiller which cools the skin to provide more comfort and patient safety. Then, the laser handpiece will be passed over the treatment area, removing pigment under the skin. The process usually takes about 20 minutes to complete but can vary based on the size of the tattoo, the amount of ink used, the depth of the ink in the skin, and the location. With the above techniques  patients should not feel  feel any  discomfort during the laser treatment. At Jupiter Dermatology, tattoo removal is very well tolerated and painless.

Any questions regarding what to expect during treatment can be discussed during your consultation.

What to Expect During Recovery

Following your laser tattoo removal treatment, there are a couple of steps to the healing process. First, your skin will turn to a frosty white color. This is caused when the laser penetrates the skin, releasing carbon dioxide, and is completely normal. With certain colors like red and blue  the treated skin may begin to peel, blister, or scab. About 1-2 weeks later, all blistering and scabs should fully subside. After 4-6 weeks, the treated skin is usually fully healed, and the patient is able to undergo an additional treatment session if needed.

Some tips to help speed up recovery include:

  • Applying a cold compress to the treatment area for the first 24 hours to reduce discomfort.
  • Avoiding physical activity and sweating for 24 hours.
  • Avoiding hot water, hot tubs, and high-pressure showers for 1 weeks after treatment.
  • Don’t pick or peel the scabs in the treatment area.
  • Avoid tanning (including spray tanning) for 4-6 weeks after treatment.
  • Stay hydrated!

By taking these steps you can help to quicken recovery. However, remember to follow your doctor’s specific post-treatment instructions to see optimal results.

Is Tattoo Removal Covered by Insurance?

Because tattoo removal is a personal option in most cases, most insurance carriers won’t cover the process unless it is necessary medically. However, our office does participate with many insurances you can contact to be sure.

What is the cost?

The cost depends on the complexity of the tattoo and colors. However our not  exceed prices will insure your budget is limited, and in some cases as little as $150 per month.

Contact Us Today

At Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, Dr. Mejia and our team strive to provide our patients with exceptional and personalized care. We will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to meet your unique aesthetic goals. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding your treatment or procedure, as we believe in transparency and want you to be as comfortable as possible.

If you are unhappy with an existing tattoo and live in or near the Jupiter, FL area, contact our office today at (561) 800-2881. We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation, as well as answer any questions that you may have. Our main goal is to provide professional service and beautiful, natural-looking results.

Tattoo Removal Service Day- Test Out Our Advanced Laser

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Change of heart with your tattoo? Get a fresh start with our new state of the art tattoo removal laser. Try it for free up to 10 square inches. No appointment necessary.

 Date: TBD

Location: 2101 US Highway 1, Jupiter, FL

Telephone: 561-748-0510

The laser that we use is the PiQ04 by Lumenis. It utilizes picosecond technology which allows the removal of all the tattoo colors.  It takes out a lot of the pigment that other laser tattoo removal machines cannot. It is the only laser on the market that has four wavelengths delivers both nanosecond and picosecond pulses which results in a quicker treatment.

Features:

  • It treats both dark and light skin tones
  • Get rid of unwanted pigmentation, dark spots or tattoos to reveal clearer, brighter skin.
  • You get faster results with quick treatment time and minimal downtime.

 

Before and after pictures

 

What should you expect after a treatment?

You get some frosting on the skin which means that it is destroying the pigment.

Do I need another treatment?

In most cases you do need several treatments depending on how large or what colors you have. We have specialized laser for red and blue.

How long do I have to wait until the next treatment?

After the first treatment, you need to wait six to eight weeks to get the second session.

So, are you ready to get your skin back with the most powerful pigment and tattoo removal on the market? Finally, #RethinkYourInk and let your skin be free again!

Let us know of your interest in the form below and will notify you when our first service day will be.

I am ready to Rethink My Ink

 

Update Your Tattoo with Lumenis Piqo4 Tattoo Removal

Whether you have been thinking of updating the canvas on your tattoo or completely removing it, we are here to help! We are happy to announce that the Piqo4 by Lumenis has finally arrived at our office! To celebrate, we’re offering a chance to win a free treatment session valued up to $2,000.

In this video, watch Dr. Mejia perform an initial tattoo removal session on a patient who is actually going to get another one of the same due to the first one not being done correctly.

 

Tattoo Removal Contest- Jupiter, FL

For a chance to win, post on Instagram or Facebook or send us a 1-2 minute video telling the story of why you are rethinking your ink. We’ll offer the top submission a free removal treatment. Others will receive a 50% discount just for submitting.

There are two ways to submit:
a.) Instagram and/or Facebook: Using your Instagram and/or Facebook account, take and post a video of your story.  Be sure to tag @skinandhairdoc on Instagram and @jupiterdermatology on Facebook and include hashtags #RethinkYourInk  and #giveaway, or your submission will not be eligible.

In order for your entry to be valid, your Instagram profile must be public and thus viewable  and/or your Facebook post must be set to public.

b.) If you prefer, you can submit your video and story via this Google form. We reserve the right to upload your video to our social channels.

See full rules and regulations here.

Not interested in joining the tattoo removal contest?

No problem. We are offering a 25% discount until July 15, 2018. Submit the form at the end of this post to reserve your spot.

This powerful laser tattoo removal was unveiled at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting in February, 2018 and is the only laser in the United States that has four wavelengths and the ability to deliver both nanosecond and picosecond pulses.

Pico Fractional, is a new PiQo4™ hand-piece, which introduces a fractional laser beam based on photoacoustics. As opposed to traditional laser treatments, which use thermal energy, PicoFractional creates thousands of microscopic treatment zones within the skin, and utilizes the shattering effect of sound waves to create tiny holes deep within the dermis, known as Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB).

This pigment removal works on four wavelengths shattering the most popular ink colors.

Since each pigment color absorbs a specific wavelength, PiQo4 offers 4 wavelengths in order to treat the broadest range of pigment/tattoo colors, on the widest range of skin types. Its four wavelengths – 1064nm, 532nm, 650nm and 585nm – target 9 of the most frequently used tattoo colors ranging from light orange to dark black. With PiQo4 you can erase the rainbow.

Check out this video by Lumenis comparing a competitor product. Notice the speed using the Piqo4 at 53 seconds vs. 3 minute, 51 seconds.

Short demo on an arm at a recent Aesthetics Conference:

Before and after pictures

Benefits of The Piqo4 tattoo removal by Lumenis

  • It takes out the stubborn turquoise and yellow hues so you get full color clearance.
  • No more shadows of your tattoos. No need to be reminded of the past.
  • The speed of the laser is a faster road to clearer skin

If you don’t want to optin to our contest, fill out the form below and let us know when you would like to schedule an appointment. We are offering a 25% discount on your tattoo removal if you book before July 15, 2018.

If you want to be part of the contest for a chance to win a free treatment, make sure to see the rules and conditions in the beginning of the post. The form below is only if you don’t want to participate in the contest.

I am ready to Rethink My Ink

 

 

IPL Treatment Demonstration


In this video, Ashley Hess our Physician Assistant, does a demonstration of the IPL treatment. IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and it targets the pigment producing cells and it targets the pigment from chronic sun exposure. It also targets the redness and blood vessels that cause sun damage. This procedure can be done on different parts of the body like the neck, face, hands and chest.

The Universal IPL machine is made by Lumenis :

IPL treatment improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photorejuvenation for face and body. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

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The demonstration was on Renee’s right hand. She already had the IPL treatment done on her left hand(seen on the right of the picture) a week before. In the video, she said the it made her hand look 10 years younger.

IPL was also done on the left side of her chest two weeks before and on this day, she had it done on the other side. This was so you could see the before and after. Notice that the left side (seen as the right side of the video and picture) doesn’t have as much brown pigmentation and it is just after one treatment.

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Photo Before IPL Treatment on Chest Area

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Photodynamic Therapy : A Patient Shares Her Experience


Photodynamic Therapy, according to Cancer.org is:

A treatment that uses special drugs, called photosensitizing agents, along with light to kill cancer cells. The drugs only work after they have been activated or “turned on” by certain kinds of light. PDT may also be called photoradiation therapyphototherapy, or photochemotherapy. Continue reading “Photodynamic Therapy : A Patient Shares Her Experience”

Laser Co2 – Gold Treatment For Skin Resurfacing

Are you looking for a quick treatment with minimal recovery time to treat deep wrinkles, sun damage and/or scarring without going under the knife?  Then consider UltraPulse Fractional Laser CO2. At Jupiter Dermatology we consider UltraPulse the gold standard treatment for skin laser resurfacing.

What is it you ask? Fractional  laser CO2 is an ablative laser resurfacing treatment which delivers energy deep into the skin helping to remodel collagen and tighten the skin up to 30%. Let’s face it, our skin changes every day and ages more every year. With fractional CO2 you can get back that youthful appearance. With one treatment you will see fine lines around your eyes and above your lip disappear and the loose skin starting at your jaw and under your chin tighten. Brown spots…Gone!

UltraPulse has been seen on “The Doctor’s” and the Today show, demonstrating resurfacing of aging skin and scar revision. This procedure does require minimal downtime and results can be expected to last up to 6 years. Schedule your consultation today to erase 10-15 years off your skin.

Jupiter Dermatology provides this same treatment.

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Yag Laser Treatment – (IPL) For Hair Removal & More


Yag laser is  laser technology that is called Intense Pulse Light Treatment or  IPL.  In this video Dr. Mejia and Sarah demonstrate the different features of the Lumenis One device which delivers the best photo facials. It also  helps to remove brown spots, red spots, spider veins of the face.

It allows you to do  different treatments like vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, age spots, hyperpigmentation, hair removal, wrinkle treatments and skin tightening. It also allows you to select various parameters to ensure the safety of skin depending on the skin type, ie. light skin, dark skin.