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An IPL photofacial uses intense photo light (IPL) to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, rosacea, and sun damage to reveal a glowing, radiant, and more even complexion. An IPL photofacial can gently rejuvenate and refresh an uneven complexion.


What is an IPL Photofacial?

An IPL photofacial is a quick and gentle facial rejuvenation treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and other discolorations, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The IPL releases different wavelengths of light to deeply penetrate below the epidermis into the second layer of skin, or dermis, where the light energy heats the pigment cells. This heat works to remove the excess pigment that causes freckles and discoloration.

Benefits of an IPL Photofacial

The presence of age spots and discoloration can add years to your appearance. An IPL photofacial removes this discoloration to reveal a more even and radiant complexion by tackling the following skin issues:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Freckles
  • Age spots and sun damage
  • Birthmarks
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins

What can I expect from an IPL Photofacial?

During your IPL photofacial, both you and your skincare specialist at Dr. Merriman’s office will wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the light. She will start with cleansing your skin and then covering it with a cooling gel. Our skincare specialist will then gently press the glass of the handheld IPL machine to your skin and smoothly move it over the treatment area, applying the light pulses. You may feel a slight stinging that feels like a snapping sensation.

Once your treatment is over, the gel will be removed, and a cold compress will be applied for several minutes to cool and help alleviate any redness. Before your treatment ends, our skincare specialist will apply a moisturizer with sunscreen to protect your face before you leave our office.

What can I expect after my IPL photofacial?

After your IPL photofacial, you may experience some redness and dry skin in the areas treated. Your discoloration and age spots may appear darker briefly before peeling off in a couple of days. You should stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous exercise, foundation, and hot showers or baths for the first 48 hours after your treatment. You will also need to avoid using face products that contain Vitamin A acids such as Retin-A and glycolic acid.

While your face may appear slightly pinker, as if you got a slight sunburn, there is no downtime after an IPL photofacial, and many patients often schedule them on their lunch hour as they take 30 minutes or less.

Why should I choose Dr. Merriman for my IPL photofacial?

Dr. Merriman is a renowned plastic surgeon in the Valdosta area, providing her patients with a luxurious and welcoming environment and offering superior results in skin rejuvenation. Her highly skilled skincare team has been hand-selected and carefully trained to provide the utmost in care. We look forward to helping you achieve a more radiant and rejuvenated complexion with a gentle IPL photofacial.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are still here and working but not currently offering treatments. We are available to answer any questions you have. Our number one priority is safety of our patients, staff and our community.

We are seeing our patients who have recently had surgery for suture removal and to make sure your recovery is safe. We will keep the reception area empty and you will go straight back to an exam room. We will wear masks for your protection. Please only bring one person with you and if possible, it would be best if they can stay in your car during your visit.

We are offering Tele-Health visits for Surgical and Non-surgical consultations. It will be done the same way as an in person consultation would be done, except we will use video to communicate with you. This is done using our Electronic Medical Record and ensures your privacy. Having that consultation process done will allow you to schedule surgery and treatments so they can be done as soon as we are able to provide them again. I believe that after this ordeal, we will all be ready to do something nice for ourselves!

We are providing people with the chance to purchase products. We can bring them to your car. You can also purchase gift cards and we are developing several packages we want to offer. We are also shipping products during this time.

We understand all this uncertainty is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. This situation changes day to day and we will keep you updated as we know more.

So what are we doing since we are not filling our schedule doing surgery, lasers, fillers, Botox, Dysport etc?

We are doing staff training. We will continue to brainstorm and think of ways we can provide even more exceptional patient experience.

We will be making videos and continuing to post on social media. Some of these will be educational and some will be to entertain! How entertaining will probably depend on how stir-crazy we get!

Be safe and be smart. Do your part to slow this virus down. And please, support your local businesses as much as possible.

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