IPL Treatments Near Birmingham, AL

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What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is used to treat inflammation of the skin and blood vessels. Dr. Choi uses lasers daily, from removing cataracts to laser vision correction through LASIK. He is a medical doctor with extensive knowledge of the face and eyes, so is comfortable conducting IPL laser treatments such as light therapy for dry eyes, IPL for eyelids, and IPL laser treatments under the eyes. Dr. Choi is the first physician in the Birmingham area to be using Lumenis' new state-of-the-art OptiLight IPL laser system. This machine has been FDA-approved to treat dry eye.  

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What are the benefits of IPL treatments?

IPL treatments at Young H. Choi, M.D., offer our patients a wide range of benefits that can support their eye and skin health, including:

  • Quick, effective treatment for dry eyes
  • Gentle, in-office procedure that fits in your busy lifestyle
  • Pain-free, low-risk procedure with highly effective results
  • Quick recovery time with noticeable improvement in just a few months

What can it be used to treat?

IPL laser treatments can be used to remedy the following:

  • Dry eye
  • Rosacea
  • Age spots
  • Freckles / Pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Mild acne

IPL laser treatments differ from IPL photofacials. IPL photofacials emit blasts of light over the entire face and treat only surface-level issues, while the IPL laser used by Dr. Choi targets certain areas one spot at a time and penetrates deeply enough to treat less superficial issues such as rosacea, age spots, freckles, dry eye, etc. In the case of dry eye, the light penetrates the blood vessels underneath the eyes to unclog the meibomian glands that produce tears in the eyes. For rosacea, the laser targets the blood vessels deep beneath the skin to reduce inflammation and remove the accompanying redness.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL is done at our Birmingham area office in around 20 – 30 minutes in our minor procedures room if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the treatment, your technician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with goggles. The photofacial is administered using a handheld device that will pass over the skin while emitting pulses of light energy. While many patients may have some discomfort throughout the photofacial, it is generally tolerable, given the quick treatment length.

What is the Recovery Process Like for an IPL Photofacial?

There is no downtime associated with an IPL photofacial. You may leave our office with your skin a little inflamed and red. This will subside naturally in about a day — it may be concealed with cosmetics if you prefer. Young H. Choi, M.D. suggests patients apply a cream on the skin's surface to decrease any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. After 2 – 5 days, sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface and then begin to flake away. It is critical to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after an IPL photofacial treatment and not to pick at the flaking skin. While you should see some visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will look even better after several IPL photofacial sessions. Dr. Choi suggests approximately 3 – 6 treatments scheduled every four weeks at our Birmingham-area facility.

How do I set up a treatment plan?

The first step is to schedule a free consultation. During this time, you will talk about the issues you are looking to resolve and will be guided to the best treatment plan (which areas to target and how many treatments will be necessary). Most plans will involve three to four appointments every three to four weeks.

We recommend taking our Skin Typing Assessment prior to setting up a consultation appointment. IPL laser works best for those with Skin Types I - IV. Those with darker skin tones run the risk of being burned or ending up with white spots.

To set up a consultation appointment, please call our office at (205) 879-2221 or send an email to [email protected]

IPL FAQ

Is IPL painful?
Many of our patients find that IPL is only mildly discomforting. We take every precaution we can to ensure your safety and comfort. This includes applying protective shields around the treatment area and applying a thin layer of cooling gel to the areas being treated. We want you to remain comfortable during your procedure, so please let us know if pain is a concern, and we will do our best to make you comfortable!

How long does IPL take?
Generally, an IPL treatment takes around minutes. You will likely need multiple sessions about two weeks apart to reach your goals, which we will discuss when we create your treatment plan.

How can I care for my skin after IPL?
We will send you home with a list of care instructions; however, we suggest that you do not take a hot bath or shower for about a week following treatment, that you avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen, that you do not pick at any crusting or blistering on the skin, and that you do not expose your treated skin to a UV light.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.