IPL Skin Treatment

FAQ: Treatment Info, Before & After Photos, Cost | Hartford CT

Before and after:


We use Photo Genesis (IPL) Skin Therapy in our Bloomfield, Connecticut practice to treat discolorations associated with sun damage, freckles, age spots, red and brown spots, rosacea, and certain types of birthmarks. We also combine Photo Genesis Skin Therapy with topical medication to treat acne. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call us at 860-242-0497 or Contact us.

Watch Dr. Padilla performing an IPL treatment on ABC local news:


How does it work?

Photo Genesis Skin Therapy is a non-invasive, anti aging treatment that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This visible light is selectively absorbed by the pigmented spots and red areas on the skin. It is the rapid heating of these pigmented cells that causes the therapeutic effect.

What areas can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?

Virtually any part of the body with sun and age spots, uneven skin tone, or diffuse redness can be safely treated. The face, chest, shoulders and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically had the most sun exposure. Discrete brown spots, excessively ruddy complexion and skin densely covered with freckles respond well to treatment.

What do IPL treatments feel like?

When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation. No topical anesthetic or gel is required as Photo Genesis Skin Therapy is much more comfortable than other pulsed light technologies. If desired, however, we can apply a topical anesthetic free of charge.

How long will the IPL treatment take?

The actual treatment may only take a few minutes.

How many IPL treatments do I need?

Typically, 2 to 4 treatments* are sufficient to see dramatic results from intense pulsed light therapy. Additional treatments may be required for very large or dark spots, densely freckled areas, or excessive sun damage.

What happens after the IPL treatment?

Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next 1 to 3 weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off and your mottled complexion will clear.

When will I see results?

Many patients see significant improvement within 2 to 3 weeks* of an IPL treatment. Your complexion will be clearer and younger looking. Ultimate results, however, may not be apparent for a month or more.

Will the spots reappear over time?

Over time new spots may appear if there is sufficient sun exposure. These can also be removed if desired. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and excessive redness.

Why did we choose to offer Photo Genesis Skin Therapy?

We chose Photo Genesis Skin Therapy because we believe it is the best Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology in the market for treating pigmented spots and red areas in the skin.

How much does an IPL treatment cost?

Our pricing is very competitive, and we offer complimentary consultations with one of our medical providers. We also offer convenient monthly payment plans through CareCredit. For specific pricing information, view our price list.

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*Individual results may vary