IPL Photofacial


IPL Photofacial in Cincinnati, Ohio

An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)  Photofacial differs from a laser which only uses one wavelength of light. Instead, an IPL Photofacial uses what’s called broad-spectrum light, which reaches multiple layers of skin. IPL uses a handpiece to deliver brief flashes of light to the skin.

When the light flashes, it targets and treats pigmented and vascular lesions. If you’re looking to get healthier, radiant skin…a photofacial in Cincinnati at our office may be the perfect treatment for you.


Procedure Details

What it Treats
  • Sun Damage
  • Acne & Acne Scars
  • Freckles
  • Redness
  • Rosacea
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Pigmented Skin
  • Small Facial Vessels
  • Brown Spots
  • Age Spots
Procedure Time
  • 30-60 minutes depending on area treated
Recovery Time
  • Minimal to none

How does the IPL Photofacial work?

The IPL Photofacial uses light energy to target melanin (pigment/darkening) in the skin and hemoglobin in blood vessels.

The pulsed light breaks down the skin’s pigment in that area without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. In addition, this treatment can also coagulate and shrink blood vessels that lie deeper under the skin. After your IPL Photofacial, your body naturally eliminates those affected melanin particles. The IPL Photofacial treatment also improves skin texture through collagen stimulation. Periodic IPL Photofacials is one of the most effective ways to slow down the aging process.

Process & Results

Procedure Process

The step-by-step patient experience.

Our practice offers consultations with our Skin Care Specialists.


An IPL Photofacial uses light energy to diminish sun-damage, acne, redness, freckles, and brown/pigmented spots.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Step 1

The Consultation

In your complimentary consultation, we will develop an individualized plan for you. We will take photos of the planned treatment area to document your transformation. We will discuss the entire IPL Photofacial process including how many treatments to expect and review questions you may have.

Step 2

Treatment preparation

We apply topical numbing cream to the treated area to assist with your comfort.  Next, the treated area is cleaned and a clear gel applied to your skin.  For your safety, protective eyewear is placed and worn during the entire IPL Photofacial.


Step 3

Treat the skin

We deliver pulsed light to the skin with the IPL Photofacial hand piece. Patients have described the treatment as a “flicking” or “snapping” on the skin. The light will appear bright even with the protective eyewear. The treatment is relatively quick, ranging from 5 minutes for the face or up to an hour for larger body areas.

Step 4

post treatment

After the procedure, the ultrasound gel is removed from your face and we apply sunscreen. The treatment area may appear red or mildly swollen, something that usually fades within a few hours. Individuals with prominent pigmentation may notice that brown areas become temporarily darker for 10-14 days. Makeup can be reapplied immediately. Otherwise, there is no post care needed.

Additional Information
What are the benefits of an IPL Photofacial?

In just 3-6 sessions, an IPL Photofacial can improve the appearance of age spots (red/brown pigmentation), sun damage, Rosacea (redness), Freckles, and Acne.

Who is a good candidate for an IPL Photofacial in Cincinnati?

IPL may be a good option for you if you have unwanted brown spots or redness to the skin. Patients with active acne also benefit from IPL. IPL is also a great maintenance treatment for overall skin tone and texture.

What areas of the body can be treated with an IPL Photofacial?

An IPL Photofacial can be used on ALL areas of the body. The most common areas of treatment are zones that are regularly exposed to the sun. These often include the face, neck, décolletage (chest), legs, hands, and arms.

When should I expect to see results?

You can see your results in approximately 1-2 weeks following a treatment. Typically, the unwanted pigment rises to the surface of the skin and then sloughs off. The number of sessions depends on your skin condition and desired results. Typically, we recommend a series of 3 to 6 consecutive treatments for maximum results.

Do I need to do anything for an IPL Photofacial treatment?

You should avoid excessive sun exposure/ tanning for approximately one month prior to treatment. Accutane needs to be discontinued 6 months prior to treatment. In addition, any medications that can increase your sensitivity to light (Retin-A, antibiotics such as Bactrim and tetracyclines) should be discontinued 1 week before your IPL Photofacial.

Are there any restrictions after an IPL Photofacial treatment?

Avoid anything that can further heat the skin for 24 hours after your treatment such as hot tubs, saunas, and vigorous workouts. You can apply makeup immediately after the treatment.

Does an IPL Photofacial hurt?

Your comfort is one of our utmost concerns. Although not always needed, we offer our patients topical numbing cream for this procedure. During the treatment there will be a bright flash of light that gives the sensation that most patient liken to the gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin. There may be a mild warmth to the skin immediately after the procedure. Most patients describe this treatment as being very tolerable with minimal discomfort.

What can I expect after an IPL Photofacial treatment?

Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-72 hours you may see a darkening or “peppering” of the skin and pigmented spots. In the following weeks after an IPL Photofacial, the pigmented lesions flake off, leading to an evening out of your skin tone.

How many treatments are needed?

Some patients may see an improvement in as little as one treatment. Most patients notice maximal results with a series of 3 to 6 treatments. We can make an estimate of your treatment outcome by observing the condition of your skin, including the amount of unwanted pigment, sun damage, redness or acne, during your complimentary consultation.

What are the side effects of an IPL Photofacial?

One of the best things about an IPL Photofacial is that there is virtually no downtime or recovery. Most patients do not experience any side effects. However, as with any medical treatment, possible side effects can include mild swelling, redness, and uneven skin tone.

Is an IPL Photofacial safe?

IPL is a safe and effective treatment in the hands of an experienced professional. Your safety and health is of utmost importance to us. With board certified physicians on site and reviewing every case, we will not perform any procedure without first assessing: your complete medical history; your current health condition; and any potential you may have for complications. We provide all patients with protective eyewear that must be worn during treatment. We have been offering IPL Photofacial since Amy Brenner MD and Associates has opened its doors in 2011!

Who is not a candidate for an IPL Photofacial?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women; Accutane use in the past 6 months; Dark-skinned patients (Fitzpatrick type 5 or higher ); Active Herpes or other skin infections; Patients with a fresh suntan or self tanner use. Other treatments may be better suited for those with darker or tanned skin such as microneedling, Morpheus8, chemical peels or professional grade skincare products. During your complimentary consultation, our aesthetic specialists will develop a customized plan for you.

It's simple— identify the problem areas of your body and we will recommend the right treatment plan for you.