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Brown spots and freckles can make it difficult to enjoy clear, healthy skin. It can also be difficult to achieve results using your favorite products and at-home skincare regimens when it comes to sun damage. Fortunately, we offer a variety of laser technologies designed to reduce pigmentation and help you achieve your best skin yet.

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What is IPL Treatment?

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is one of the best options for pigmentation. It works by administering fast pulses of light that are absorbed by the clusters of pigmented cells in your skin where it damages them. Over time, the cells slough off and leave behind only clear healthy skin cells. Our new Lumecca broad-spectrum IPL treatment can treat brown spots and freckles virtually anywhere on the body for truly effective, customized results.

Brown Spots & Freckles Treatment

Treatments needed: 3-6
Frequency: 4 weeks
Downtime: none

Who is a Good Candidate?

Anyone who is bothered by brown spots and freckles on the skin can be a good candidate for IPL treatment. During a consultation with Dr. Rocheford and our team, you’ll determine whether IPL technologies are best for you and your skin’s type, tone, and concerns. IPL treatment can be used on any area of the body but is most commonly used on areas where patients experience excess sun exposure like:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Decolletage
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Arms

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What Can I Expect From Treatment?

IPL treatments can be performed right in our Woodbury, MN office. We’ll begin by determining the right treatment package for you based on your goals and skin concerns. Then, your skin will be cleansed and prepared, and you’ll be given protective eye shields. Treatment begins by administering a specialized handpiece that delivers very fast pulses of light to the treatment area. Once complete, the skin will be treated and made ready for the rest of your day.

IPL Results and Recovery

You can return to your regular schedule immediately after treatment with our Lumecca platform but should make sure to follow aftercare steps according to Dr. Rocheford’s instructions. You may experience some redness and swelling afterward, similar to a sunburn. After IPL treatments, it’s extremely important to wear sun protection regularly to prevent photodamage. With no downtime and minimal discomfort, the brown spots will temporarily become darker, then gently slough off within 7 to 10 days. On average, 3 treatments are needed but some patients may require additional treatments for stubborn spots. Your final results will include noticeably clearer, more even-toned skin with a healthy, radiant glow.

Schedule a Consultation

At Rocheford Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of effective skincare treatments to address your unique skincare needs. With our IPL system by Lumecca, we can address your toughest skincare concerns and recommend a customized treatment plan using our best options. To get started, we invite you to contact our Woodbury office by calling 651-739-1100 or filling out our online contact form.

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Brown Spots And Freckles FAQs

How does IPL work?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) works by applying fast pulses of light that are absorbed by the clusters of pigmented cells in the treated area. And as time passes, the skin will slough off and leave you with radiant, clear skin.

When will I see the results of IPL?

It can take up to a week before you start to see the results of IPL. Additionally, it can take four to six weeks before you see the final results.

Do I need more than one treatment session?

You need more than one treatment. It depends on the results you’re looking for and if some brown spots are more stubborn than others.

What areas of the body can IPL be used on?

IPL can be used on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, hands, and legs. It can be used on almost any area of the body.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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