Allura Skin & Laser Center

IPL Photofacial

Alura Skin & Laser Center uses state-of-the-art light therapy to address a number of issues you may be having with your skin. Intense pulsed light (IPL) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions. IPL Photofacial helps our San Mateo clients rejuvenate aging and sun damaged skin leaving them with a healthier, younger-looking appearance. Most any area of the body area can be treated especially the face, neck, chest and hands.

Our dedication to excellent skin care and rejuvenation is the foundation of our practice. If you're considering IPL treatments in our San Mateo center, request an appointment online or call our office at (650) 344-1121 and a member of our team will help schedule an appointment.

Effective for Treating

IPL treatments can achieve dramatic results in treating the following conditions with virtually no downtime and little discomfort:

  • Pink and brown discoloration
  • Spider veins (telangiectasia)
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots and freckles
  • Enlarged pores

Fraxel® laser treatments are another advanced skin rejuvenation option for correcting sun damage and signs of aging.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do treatments feels like?

When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. A cooling device is used to cool the skin before treatments. Anesthesia or pain medication is typically not required.

How long will the treatments take?

Treatment time depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatment should take less than an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Two to 4 treatments, spaced a few weeks apart, are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun damaged skin.

What happens after treatment?

Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few days. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness.

When will I see results?

Within 1 to 3 weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness and visible blood vessels will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.

Will the spots and redness reappear over time?

New brown spots, telangiectasia and diffuse redness may reappear with new sun damage; however that too can be treated. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be "cured" with any laser or light source; however its appearance can be improved.

To schedule a complimentary consultation call (650) 344-1121 or contact our office

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Downloadable Forms

To get started with Allura Skin and Laser Center, please download, print, and fill out the forms below and bring both to your first appointment.