What to Expect After IPL Photofacial

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The Limelight IPL Photofacial is an innovative, noninvasive skin treatment performed by Dr. Nina Desai and Dr. Dhara Patel at Renew Laser & Skin located in Sugar Land, TX. At their physician-owned and operated clinic, Dr. Desai and Dr. Patel work with patients through a series of customized treatments to remove a wide variety of discoloration and blemishes while rejuvenating aging skin. 

What is an IPL photo facial? 

Limelight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacials use non-laser technology that deliver specific light energy to each skin area being treated. The light energy gently passes through the tissue to reduce blood flow from broken capillaries or microscopic blood veins. At the same time, the light stimulates collagen production to rebuild and soften the skin. 

What skin conditions does an IPL photofacial treat? 

Dr. Desai and Dr. Patel offer IPL Photofacials to treat a multitude of skin conditions, some of which include:  


Enlarged pores  




Fine lines  






Age spots  


Sun spots  

Is an IPL Photofacial expensive? 

The cost of an IPL Photofacial treatment plan will vary depending on the skin condition being treated, the patient’s skin goals, and how many treatments are recommended for the best results. Oftentimes, both clinic locations will offer special deals as well as personalized payment plans. 

Does the treatment hurt? 

The Limelight IPL photofacial is a noninvasive, virtually painless procedure. Each treatment is completed in as little as one day, and patients require no downtime or recovery period. 

Are there any side effects from the treatment? 

Like any medical treatment, patients can expect side effects after receiving an IPL Photofacial. Some temporary side effects include:  












Sun sensitivity  

IPL Photofacial side effects go away within a few days after the procedure. 

How quickly do IPL Photofacial results show? 

Results are not usually immediate after treatment. Blotchiness, wrinkles, and discoloration fade gradually after each procedure. The best results occur up to one month after completion of a series of IPL Photofacial treatments. 

How many treatments are needed for the best results? 

Dr. Desai and Dr. Patel work with every patient to develop a customized IPL Photofacial care plan. The number of treatments is determined by the skin condition being treated and the results desired by the patient. It’s typically recommended to receive a series of treatments to allow for gradual fading of skin irregularities and to produce longer-lasting results. 

What to do to prepare for an IPL Photofacial 

Before attending your first IPL Photofacial treatment session, you may be asked to do any or all the following to prepare:  


Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 2 – 4 weeks prior to your first appointment  


Take ibuprofen daily and up to a week prior to your appointment to reduce post-treatment inflammation  


Stop taking specific dermatological medications a few days prior to your appointment. Such medications may include doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, Retin-A, and Renova  

Patients are asked to wear sunscreen between IPL Photofacial sessions. Consult with Dr. Desai or Dr. Patel to discuss what preparations are right for you. 

Find out how to take care of skin after an IPL Photofacial 

To obtain the best results, protect your skin from excessive sun exposure. Consult with your doctor if you notice any unusual skin changes or are concerned about post-treatment results or side effects. Attend recommended follow-up appointments with Dr. Nina Desai or Dr. Dhara Patel at Renew Laser & Skin in Sugar Land, TX. If you are interested in skin rejuvenation and reducing unwanted skin blemishes, schedule or consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.