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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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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.


You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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