If you are concerned about how your complexion looks because of sun damage or dark spots, Ellsworth Plastic Surgery can offer you a skin examination at our Houston, TX office to see if you'll benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). An IPL photofacial is a rejuvenating skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation concerns on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce impressive results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV sends intense wavelengths of light that raise the temperature of the skin just enough to start the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. In time, you should see a healthier layer with an even tone and fewer spots.
"Dr. Ellsworth performed a Flap surgical procedure on me. I had a stage 4 isheal pressure ulcer that required removal of tissue to the bone. I then had to lay on my side for 5 weeks in an LTAC facility.Dr. Ellsworth and his staff took very good care of me pre and post-op, which was over 1 year. He has an exceptional bedside manner. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time with his patients.In addition, Dr. Ellsworth did a procedure on our 22 year old son to remove excess skin from his tummy after he lost 65 lbs."- B.V. / Google / Jul 30, 2016
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"Dr. Ellsworth and his entire staff are a blessing. They are very professional and a joy to be around. Dr. Ellsworth performed my reconstruction surgeries after breast cancer and he did a phenomenal job. He is definitely an amazing doctor. His work is beautiful. I never thought that after my mastectomy I would look normal, but he made me feel great about myself again. I cannot stress enough what an amazing job he did! He takes his time with his patients and never makes you feel rushed. He truly does care and will make sure to meet your expectations. His PA’s are so sweet. Cecilia is very caring and always pleasant to be around. Ally is also great and sweet! His entire staff is awesome!"- M.F. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
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A photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to correct many complexion problems (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery may have many issues with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, large pores, flushing, melasma, age and sun spots, or dilated capillaries. Dr. Ellsworth will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for a photofacial during your private consultation.
An IPL photofacial is completed inside our Houston, TX office in about 20 – 30 minutes in one of our treatment rooms if performed alone. To start the procedure, the technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the fast treatment time.
What to Expect
There is no recovery time associated with an IPL, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little pink and swollen. This will subside on its own in several hours — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Ellsworth Plastic Surgery suggests patients apply an ointment on the treated skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling. Over the next several days, the blemishes that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's very important to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after an IPL and not pick at the flaking skin. While you should see some results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL photofacial sessions. Dr. Ellsworth recommends approximately 3 – 6 treatments done around once a month.
Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you were young, but now that environmental damage, such as spots and other blemishes, are becoming visible, you now may be interested in procedures that fix your skin. We invite you to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments by calling our Houston, TX office and scheduling a skin assessment with Dr. Ellsworth. With IPL photofacial treatments at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help restore a radiant glow and a healthy complexion.