Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES IPL TREATMENT WORK?
Your face, hands, and arms are the first parts of the body to show signs of aging because they receive so much exposure. IPL skin rejuvenation treatment will help eliminate age spots, freckles and pigment lesions as well as reverse the signs of aging.
Intense pulsed light essentially works by delivering energy to the skin surface and affecting dermal heating. A consultation is needed to evaluate the brown spots and determine how effective the treatment might be. Patients should not have a tan before their laser treatment. Numbing cream is generally not needed in the treatment of brown spots.
Depending on the type of treatment performed, there may be a sunburn like feeling, redness, bruising and scabbing. The skin heals quickly within 3-7 days with the application of an ointment such as petroleum jelly.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
Virtually any part of your body with sun and age spots can be safely treated. The face, chest, shoulders and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically had the most sun exposure. Discrete brown spots, excessively ruddy complexions and skin densely covered with freckles respond well to treatment.
WHAT DO TREATMENTS FEEL LIKE?
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation.
HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT TAKE?
The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. And, since there is no need to apply gel or any topical anesthetic, your total appointment time can easily fit within your lunch hour.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Typically, one or two treatments are sufficient to see significant results. Additional treatments may be required for very large or dark spots, densely freckled areas, or excessively sun damaged skin.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off. Your mottled complexion will clear.
WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURES?
Dr. Vafa is a board certified physician specializing in the use of Botox Cosmetics, Dysport, Xeomin, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, Boletero, Radiesse, Kybella, Cosmetic Laser Procedures, Radio-Wave Surgery, Smartlipo and the treatment of acne and facial aesthetics. Dr. Vafa performs thousands of aesthetics procedures yearly, making him one of a handful of physicians in New York who has been awarded a Diamond Level Provider designation from Allergan - a level designated to a select number of physicians providing over 100,000 units of Botox Cosmetic treatments and/or over 2000 filler procedures per year. He was awarded the Chairman Level Provider designation which is the highest level provider for Galderma, the makers of Sculptra, Dysport and Restylane and also a Black Level Premier Injector designation by Merz Aesthetics. His work is often referred to as “the downtown look” by his patients- referring to a natural look that does not appear overdone yet yields amazing results*. Dr. Vafa is also an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Vancouver, among other cities. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Vafa.
*results can vary based on individual conditions