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IPL Photofacial



What is PhotoFacial?

PhotoFacial is a non-ablative and non-invasive dermatology procedure that rejuvenates your skin using the remarkable new technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

Aesthetica Med Spa Austin, TexasIPL PhotoFacials can help repair skin imperfections caused by sun damage, rosacea, and brown spots of the face, hands and body. This revolutionary treatment has also been found to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

How Does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) PhotoFacial Work?

The IPL PhotoFacial tool is gently pressed to the skin, emitting gentle pulses of light. These light pulses penetrate your skin tissue and are absorbed by either the blood (when targeting vascular lesions) or the melanin (when treating pigmented lesions). Your body will then begin to naturally remove these affected tissues, stimulating new collagen and connective tissues. These new tissues will help to better support the upper skin layer, resulting in smoother, more toned skin.

  • Quick and Painless – Treatments last around 20 minutes
  • Minimal Appointments – Generally, 3-5 treatment sessions provide you with beautiful results.

There is little to no recuperation time – however, an IPL PhotoFacial will leave your skin red, and your freckles and sun spots will darken tremendously until they slough off 5-6 days later. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin over time. Our IPL treatments are a safe solution that can be tailored to your skin type and condition.


Without a single doubt, if you qualify for this treatment and have the type of skin that could benefit from it, this treatment constitutes the biggest value in cosmetic dermatology. Can you imagine that all those freckles and brown spots from years in the sun could just dissolve and never come back? Well, think away! This is it, and it’s for you.

PhotoFacial can be used on any area of the body. It was developed in California by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr. He actually trademarked the name which Aesthetica Med Spa can use legally because we trained and were certified to do PhotoFacials by Dr. Bitter.

PhotoFacial is a trade name for the use of intense pulsed light (IPL), used in a specific manner with specific formulas. We have done thousands of these procedures at Aesthetica Med Spa and consider ourselves experts in this tricky procedure. Depending on your genetics, skin history, and other factors there are many variables that go into choosing an effective, yet safe protocol.

This treatment will decrease (sometimes permanently) freckles and brown spots, discolorations, redness, ruddiness, rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, help uneven skin tone, treat dark circles under the eyes (most effective treatment for this difficult condition), help with broken capillaries, red spots, and a red neck and chest area. The results you get from this procedure are very dependent on the skill and experience of the practitioner.

If you’re unsure if a PhotoFacial in Austin is for you, schedule your consultation and let us help you explore the possibilities we offer. From Botox to body contouring procedures, we are sure to have the ideal treatment to bring out the real you.


Think of the skin that you had in your younger years, when your face was smooth, firm and evenly toned. When we are young, our skin functions optimally. It is plump and well-hydrated, giving us a radiant look of health and vitality.

Unfortunately, as we age, the skin gradually begins to lose these youthful attributes as sun damage, stress and the natural process of aging occurs. Freckles, sun spots and other blemishes begin to crop up on our faces with each passing year, causing uneven pigmentation and giving skin an undesirable, blotchy appearance.

Those who live in cities with a high UV index like Austin are at an even greater risk for premature skin aging, especially if proper precautions aren’t taken to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Unfortunately, by the time most of us start thinking about skin aging and instituting a proper skin care regime, it’s too late.

A large majority of the sun damage our skin endures occurs before the age of 18. Remember all those childhood sunburns and peeling shoulders? Your skin certainly does.

The good news is that our knowledge on how to not only protect skin from further damage, but to actually begin reversing it has increased tremendously over recent years. Once individuals have implemented a preventative skin care regimen that makes use of sunscreen and topical antioxidants, they may then want to focus on correcting existing problems like hyper-pigmentation, uneven tone, rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles and so on.

One such treatment that we use to remedy these issues is an advanced technology known as IPL (Intense Pulse Light). Our Austin IPL treatments use high intensity pulses of light to enhance the tone and texture of sun damaged or blemished skin. Unlike lasers that deliver only one wavelength, IPL systems deliver multiple wavelengths, allowing them to target several conditions with each treatment.

In contrast to other alternative skin rejuvenation techniques like dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing, our IPL treatments are considered to be non-ablative, meaning that the top layer of skin is not damaged. Instead, IPL treatments use a handpiece to gently glide over the skin emitting soft pulses of light.

During treatments (which last around 20 minutes) these light pulses penetrate the tissue and are absorbed by either the blood (when treating vascular lesions) or the melanin (when targeting pigmented lesions) and subsequently damaging them. The body then begins its natural process of removing these affected tissues and generating new collagen and connective tissue. These new tissues help to better support the upper skin layer, making skin appear smoother and more evenly toned.

Our Austin IPL laser treatments can be used to address a range of aging-related issues including the following:

  • Brown spots
  • Age spots
  • Broken capillaries
  • Rosacea
  • Flushing
  • Sun damage
  • Redness
  • Mild skin texture issues
  • Sun-induced freckles
  • Spider veins
  • Ruddy skin
  • Fine lines and larger pores
  • Dark circles around eyes
  • Acne scarring

Our IPL PhotoFacials in Austin typically require anywhere from 2-3 treatments to achieve optimal results, with a timeframe of a few weeks between each treatment. Results are visible after the first treatment and the patient will see more and more improvement after each subsequent appointment.

PhotoFacial IPL systems are also great when performed in conjunction with treatments that work on the texture of the skin, like Microdermabrasion and superficial chemical peels (AHA glycolic acid or salicylic acid). For more information on our Austin PhotoFacial IPL  treatments complete our online form to schedule your consultation and let’s get started on your dream complexion!



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    - Ollie Hall

  • I went to Aesthetica for the first time about 2 weeks ago for Botox and all I have to say is Christina D. is the absolute BEST! She was very friendly, super knowledgeable, and I'm so happy with the results! She will be my new "go to" girl from now on!

    - Jordyn Bisbee

  • After visiting other "discount" spas I went to Aesthetica for Botox. They were friendly and professional. The treatment I received finally addressed those lines between my eyebrows. They really know what they are doing. Plus they have excellent specials. They are my spa for facial treatments from now on.

    - Charlotte Bell

  • Very professional, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. Highly recommend photo facial and Botox for youthful results.

    - Harte Haag

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