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IPL/ Photofacials at CosmeticsMD

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It employs a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to address a variety of skin concerns. IPL treatments are effective in diminishing the appearance of sunspots, redness caused by conditions like rosacea, and unwanted hair.


Our IPL device in Peabody uses directing short, intense bursts of light onto the skin's surface, which is then absorbed by specific pigments in the skin, breaking them down and stimulating collagen production. As a result, IPL can enhance skin texture, reduce the signs of aging, and offer a more youthful complexion. It is widely used for its versatility and minimal downtime.

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Intense Pulse Light treatments (aka Photofacials) are great for treating the reds and browns in the skin and target brown spots such as sun damage and freckles. This treatment also lessens redness resulting from rosacea, acne, spider veins and broken capillaries. Our IPL services include treatments for the face, decolletage (chest) and hands. Uneven skin tone and damaged skin can improve in 1-3 treatments leaving you with youthful, more even toned skin.

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Meet the IPL Providers

Meaghan Doherty, LME

Meaghan Doherty, LME

Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician

Val McDonough, LME

Val McDonough, LME

Licensed Esthetician

Dawnmarie Russo, LME

Dawnmarie Russo, LME

Licensed Medical Esthetician

Sharon Sirignano, LME

Sharon Sirignano, LME

Licensed Esthetician

IPL/Photofacial Facial FAQs

What is a photofacial treatment?

A photofacial treatment, also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy or fotofacial, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses intense pulses of light to target and improve various skin conditions, such as sun damage, age spots, and redness.

How does a photofacial work?

During a photofacial treatment in our Peabody practice, a handheld device emits pulses of light that penetrate the skin. This light energy is absorbed by specific targets, like pigmented spots or blood vessels, causing them to break down. The body's natural processes then eliminate these damaged cells, leading to improved skin tone and texture.

What skin concerns can a photofacial address?

IPL/Photofacial treatments are effective for treating sun damage, brown spots, age spots, redness (rosacea), fine lines, and certain types of acne scars. They can also help improve overall skin tone and texture. Our experienced estheticians will evaluate your concerns and discuss a personalized treatment plan that may include medical-grade skincare to improve results.

Is a photofacial procedure painful?

Most people describe the sensation during a photofacial as a mild snapping or rubber band-like feeling on the skin. Some discomfort might be experienced, but it's generally well-tolerated.

How many sessions are typically needed?

The number of sessions required varies based on the specific skin concern and individual response. However, most clients see significant improvement after a series of 3 to 5 sessions, spaced a few weeks apart. One of our experienced estheticians will offer a specific plan based on your goals.

Are there any side effects of a photofacial?

Common side effects include temporary redness, mild swelling, and slight peeling in the treated area. These usually subside within a few days. Rarely, there might be minor bruising or changes in skin pigmentation.

Is there downtime after a photofacial?

There is typically minimal downtime after a photofacial. Some clients may return to regular activities immediately, while others might prefer to rest for a day or two if they experience any redness or swelling.

How long do the results of a photofacial last?

Results can vary, but many people experience long-lasting improvements in their skin tone and texture. To maintain the results, occasional maintenance treatments every 6 to 12 months might be recommended. It is important to use a broad-spectrum mineral-based sunscreen daily to maintain results and the health of your skin.

Are photofacial treatments safe?

When performed by a trained and experienced professional like our team at CosmeticsMD, photofacial treatments are generally safe. However, it's crucial to have a consultation before the procedure to ensure that it's appropriate for your skin type and condition.

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