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Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay

Photofacial™/IPL® – Skin Pigmentation Correction


Intense Pulsed Light (IPL®) Therapy

Intense pulsed light (IPL®) therapy is a phenomenal new skin rejuvenation procedure that transforms red or blotchy skin into a radiant complexion. This non-invasive treatment uses pulses of high-intensity light (not lasers) to improve the skin’s appearance. Emitted at a variety of wavelengths, the light penetrates deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production and causing blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict. Redness and age lines are reduced with the growth of new collagen and removal of damaged skin.

Ask the Experts

Our Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida-area skin rejuvenation patients who undergo IPL® treatments report only minimal discomfort. Mild redness and swelling may occur after the procedure but disappear shortly thereafter. Most benefits of skin rejuvenation with IPL® become increasingly noticeable in the weeks following treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Intense pulsed light has been effectively used to treat vascular lesions, rosacea, freckles, birth marks, and melasma. To achieve its fullest potential, a series of IPL® treatments may be necessary. With each procedure, the results will become more pronounced.

Our practice offers IPL® Photofacial™ and PhotoDerm™ therapy to enhance the skin and correct pigmentation problems. To learn more about IPL® skin rejuvenation, contact the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, near St. Petersburg, Florida, and schedule a skin rejuvenation consultation.


Photofacial™ is one form of the revolutionary skin rejuvenation treatment known as intense pulsed light (IPL®) therapy. During a Photofacial™ session, multiple wavelengths of light are emitted in a series of gentle pulses over a targeted area. This allows the light to penetrate through different levels of the skin to comprehensively correct abnormally dilated vessels and hyper-pigmentation.

Photofacial™ treatment was developed to improve the skin’s pigmentation while requiring little or no down time for the patient. This IPL® technique is successful in treating the following skin problems:

  • Rosacea
  • Flushing and dilated facial vessels
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots and freckles
  • Irregularities in skin texture
  • Large pores
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Fine lines on the face

Contact the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay – serving the greater Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida areas – to learn more about PhotoFacial™ or any of our other skin rejuvenation treatments.


PhotoDerm™ is another method of non-invasive skin rejuvenation that utilizes intense pulsed light (IPL®) therapy to lighten dark pigmentation (melanin) in the skin, reducing the visibility of lesions and other marks.

In addition to pigmentation correction, PhotoDerm™ is an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including:

PhotoDerm™ skin rejuvenation treatments are swift and painless, typically lasting for 15 to 20 minutes, and patients may resume full activities, including return to work, as soon as the procedure is completed. Results are immediately visible, although the number of treatments required for full effect varies depending on the size, location, depth, and color of the lesion. Contact our Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida-area office to learn more about PhotoDerm™ skin rejuvenation.

Pre/Post-treatment Instructions

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing an infant are not candidates for IPL® Photofacial™ or PhotoDerm™ therapy.
  • Due to photosensitivity precautions, skin rejuvenation products containing glycolic acid, retinols, or Retin-A® should be stopped two days prior to treatment.
  • The less sun exposure patients have, the better their treatment will be. Patients who must be in the sun need to use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater protection.
  • DO NOT scrub the treated area with anything abrasive for at least two days after treatment.
  • Wear sunscreen daily and apply chilled aloe vera gel as needed.
  • DO NOT use self-tanners for two weeks before treatment.

Contact Our Tampa, Florida Office

The skin rejuvenation and pigmentation correction options available at the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay can help you fight the effects of aging. Jeffrey A. Hunt D.O., R.V.S., R.V.P.I. and his staff utilize cutting-edge intense pulsed light (IPL®) technology to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, lesions, and other blemishes. Contact the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay to schedule a consultation. At our state-of-the-art Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida-area office, our skin rejuvenation patients have achieved fantastic aesthetic transformations. Visit our skin resurfacing page for additional cosmetic options.

*Individual Results May Vary

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