IPL Treatments

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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 on a daily basis, from removing cataracts to laser vision correction through LASIK. He is medical doctor with an extensive knowledge of the face and eyes, so is comfortable conducting IPL laser treatments around the face, eyes, and on the eyelid itself. 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 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 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 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]

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