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Valley Dermatology

IPL Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing

For individuals who want to ease the look of sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, overall skin texture and pigmentation irregularities, today’s advanced treatments deliver lasting results. Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is pleased to offer IPL Photofacial and laser resurfacing to address these aesthetic concerns.

Get ready to bring out your natural beauty and a lasting, refreshed glow.

What is a Photofacial?

What is an IPL Photofacial?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes broad-spectrum light to target various skin concerns like sun damage, pigmentation irregularities, fine lines and wrinkles. This advanced technology penetrates the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote a more even skin tone, leaving the complexion refreshed and revitalized.

An IPL photofacial is a precision light generator that minimizes skin discolorations associated with accumulated sun damage and signs of aging on the face and/or chest. At Valley Dermatology, we use the innovative ResurFX technology for stunning results.

How Does a IPL Photofacial Work?

The IPL Photofacial procedure uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin concerns and promote skin rejuvenation. The process involves the following steps:

Light Absorption

The IPL device emits a range of light wavelengths that are absorbed by specific targets in the skin like melanin (responsible for pigmentation) and hemoglobin (found in blood vessels).

Selective Photothermolysis

The absorbed light energy is converted into heat, creating a controlled thermal injury to the targeted areas without damaging the surrounding skin. This process is known as selective photothermolysis.


In the case of pigmentation concerns, like sunspots or age spots, the heat breaks down the excess melanin, leading to a more even skin tone.

Collagen Stimulation

The controlled thermal injury stimulates the production of collagen, a crucial protein that provides structure and firmness to the skin. Increased collagen helps improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and promote a more youthful appearance.

Minimal Downtime

IPL treatments typically have minimal downtime, and patients can resume their regular activities shortly after the procedure. Some may experience mild redness or a sunburn-like sensation, which usually subsides within a day or two.

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What is Laser Resurfacing?

Valley Dermatology provides laser resurfacing with ResurFX, a fractional laser technology designed to address skin imperfections and enhance overall texture. ResurFX works by delivering precise laser beams to create micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen remodeling and encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

One of the reasons Valley Dermatology recommends ResurFX is because it uses energy that does not cause the skin to peel. This gives our clients a shorter recovery time than traditional laser resurfacing techniques.

Cosmetic Concerns Addressed with IPL Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing

Cosmetic Concerns Addressed with IPL Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing

IPL Photofacial and ResurFX laser resurfacing at Valley Dermatology are versatile treatments that address a range of cosmetic concerns.

What Are The Similarities Between Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing?

What Are The Similarities Between IPL Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing?

Both IPL Photofacial and laser resurfacing aim to rejuvenate the skin by promoting collagen production and addressing specific aesthetic concerns like pigmentation irregularities, sun damage and fine lines.

These treatments are non-invasive compared to surgical procedures, making them popular choices for individuals seeking cosmetic improvements without significant downtime.

How Are These Treatments Different?

IPL Photofacial uses intense pulses of broad-spectrum light to target pigmentation and blood vessels, while laser resurfacing like ResurFX employs laser technology to penetrate deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and addressing texture issues.

Laser resurfacing tends to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making it more effective for addressing fine lines, wrinkles and certain types of scarring.

IPL Photofacial typically works on the surface layers of the skin for a rejuvenated look and more even skin tone and texture.

When it comes to recovery, laser resurfacing may involve a longer recovery period with some redness and swelling, while IPL Photofacial usually has minimal downtime.

Frequently Asked Questions

These treatments effectively target various concerns, including pigmentation irregularities, sun damage, fine lines, and overall skin texture.

Downtime varies, but patients generally experience mild redness and swelling, which typically resolves within a few days.

Multiple treatments are recommended, every four to six weeks depending on the individual, and improvements start to become visible after two to three treatments, lasting up to six months.

Patients may experience mild discomfort, often described as a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Topical anesthetics or cooling techniques are sometimes used to enhance comfort.

Why Should I Choose Valley Dermatology for IPL Photofacial & Laser Resurfacing?

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is your premier destination for comprehensive and compassionate dermatological care in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Dr. Scott Smith, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering top-notch medical services and ensuring an optimal patient experience. We prioritize attentive listening, addressing concerns, and crafting personalized skin treatment plans.

Specializing in skin cancer treatments, including Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as cosmetic services, our experts are here to assist with concerns ranging from acne to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin disorders. Trust us for unparalleled service on your journey to healthier, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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