IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) PhotoFacial

in Scottsdale, AZ

Sun damage, environmental factors, and age can all contribute to a blotchy and lackluster complexion. You can turn your sun-damaged and dull complexion into a radiant one quickly with a PhotoFacial.

IPL PhotoFacial treatments are perfect for patients with busy lives and schedules because they require no downtime and cause minimal discomfort.

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What Are the Benefits of a PhotoFacial?

Even Skin Tone

A PhotoFacial uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to achieve an even skin tone and radiant complexion. IPL delivers pulses of several types of light energy to target multiple skin concerns at once.

Non-invasive Treatment

A PhotoFacial is a non-surgical treatment that can improve your skin color and texture without harming the surrounding tissue. This makes it one of the safest skin rejuvenation procedures available.

Improved Confidence

When you can see a smoother, brighter, and more even complexion in the mirror, you can smile knowing that everyone else can see your beautiful skin as well. This can improve your confidence and show off your skin.

What Can Be Achieved With a PhotoFacial?

Removes Hyperpigmentation

Removes Hyperpigmentation

Melanin is the skin’s natural pigment. Sun damage, scarring, and hormone fluctuations can cause excess melanin that darkens certain areas of skin.

PhotoFacial treatments remove excess melanin from your skin, improving sun spots, freckles, scars, and other hyperpigmentation for a more consistent complexion.

Improves Redness and Rosacea

Improves Redness and Rosacea

Redness, spider veins, and blotchiness in the skin may occur from rosacea or broken blood vessels.

IPL treatments can eliminate broken blood vessels, stretch marks, acne, and other redness in the skin.

Brightens a Dull Complexion

Brightens a Dull Complexion

Your IPL treatment can rejuvenate your overall appearance by making your skin look younger, brighter, and healthier.

This works by stimulating collagen growth in lower skin layers and encouraging the upper layers to flake away.

PhotoFacial Treatment


The first step in your IPL treatment is a consultation with Amanda Charette, our aesthetician and laser technician. She will evaluate your skin condition(s) and suggest a treatment plan. During your consultation, we will answer any questions you have about the treatment and provide you with an IPL PhotoFacial cost quote.

IPL Preparation

IPL treatments are conducted in our office. The procedure is quick and usually pain-free.

Treatment begins with the application of a numbing cream for your comfort during treatment.

PhotoFacial Treatment

A specialized handpiece is used to administer bursts of intense, broad-spectrum light onto your targeted areas. This intense light penetrates the deeper levels of the skin (dermis). The IPL triggers collagen growth and cellular regeneration in the lower layers of the skin seven to 10 days after treatment.

The high energy light pulses pull the pigmentation from the deeper layers of the skin up to the surface. The excess pigmentation will be sloughed off four to seven days after treatment.

Intense pulsed light also constricts blood vessels, resulting in reduced redness and a more even skin tone.


Recovery Icon Recovery

PhotoFacials have no downtime and minimal discomfort since your skin is not removed or significantly damaged during treatment.

You may experience red or flushed skin immediately following your treatment. These symptoms should subside within a few hours to a few days. Any physical discomfort can be remedied with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication.

To protect your IPL results, you should avoid the sun for several days. Be sure to wear plenty of sunblock for at least two to four weeks after your treatment. Your skin will be sensitive and prone to sunburns during this period.

Ongoing sun protection is vital to the quality and longevity of your PhotoFacial results.

Scars Icon Scars

PhotoFacials are non-invasive treatments and should not result in any scarring or unwanted markings on the skin.

Pain Icon Pain

The PhotoFacial procedure is not painful. Most patients liken the feeling to the gentle snapping of a rubber band against their skin. If you experience pain or significant discomfort during your treatment, alert your technician right away.

Cost Icon Cost

The cost of your IPL PhotoFacial depends on the extent of the treatment, the size of the treatment area, and the number of treatment sessions required for optimal results. You will be given an accurate cost estimate during your consultation with our skilled aestheticians.

IPL PhotoFacials FAQ

Who is a good candidate for a PhotoFacial?

This procedure is an ideal choice for patients with lighter skin. IPL may not be appropriate for people who have darker or tanned skin. A PhotoFacial may affect skin pigmentation, which is of greater concern for patients with darker skin.

PhotoFacials are ideal for those wanting to improve the following conditions:

  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation spots
  • Excessive redness
  • Rosacea
  • Broken blood vessels

How long does a PhotoFacial treatment take?

Treatment times range between 30 minutes and an hour. The total time needed will depend on the treatment area and size.

Can I combine my PhotoFacial with other treatments?

Yes. IPL treatments can be combined with several other skin treatments.

These may include:

How long do PhotoFacial results last?

You will begin to notice smoother, more evenly toned skin within a few days after your procedure. The results of your PhotoFacial will continue to improve gradually over several weeks.

For most skin concerns, we recommend a series of three to five treatments, spaced four weeks apart, to attain your ideal results. If you follow this treatment plan, your results may last one year or more if combined with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sun protection.

What are the risks associated with a PhotoFacial?

Risks and complications are rare and likely not permanent, as this procedure is noninvasive and does very little damage to the skin.

While unlikely, some risks may include:

  • Bruising
  • Blistering
  • Swelling
  • Scabbing
  • Changes in skin pigmentation

Verified Realself

Dr. Spies' office is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, adjacent to the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Robert J. Spies, M.D.
5410 N Scottsdale Rd C 100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 480-359-1019