ShanthiMD -  - Dermatology


Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatology located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Melasma, sun damage, and the redness of rosacea can leave you feeling less than confident about your appearance. Shanthi Colaço, MD, FAAD, of ShanthiMD Dermatology in the area of West Los Angeles, is a cosmetic and general dermatologist who provides long-term solutions for skin conditions with intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials. IPL treatments are a gentle way to get your desired results with little to no discomfort. After a few treatments, your skin not only looks healthier, but is healthier from the inside out. To see if IPL photofacials should be part of your comprehensive skin care treatments, schedule a consultation by phone or online.


What is an IPL photofacial?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials use a high-intensity light source to treat skin conditions and the signs of aging such as:

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Melasma (brown spots)
  • Rosacea
  • Rough skin texture
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Broken blood vessels

You can receive IPL treatments on your face, hands, neck, and chest, and the results are younger-looking rejuvenated skin.

How is IPL different from laser treatments?

IPL uses a variety of light wavelengths to treat your skin, whereas lasers focus just a single light wavelength. Since the light energy from an IPL treatment is less focused than a laser, IPL causes less damage to the surface of your skin than a laser potentially can. IPL energy penetrates below your epidermis (top layer of skin) to the dermis (the layer below).

The pigment in your skin aborts the light energy, which in turn destroys unwanted pigments, so dark spots appear lighter and sun damage fades away. IPL treatments are typically painless, and Dr. Colaço offers numbing cream for added comfort during your procedure.

How many IPL treatments do I need to see results?

Because IPL is a gentle procedure, most men and women need a series of treatments for optimal benefits. Each treatment takes just about 20 minutes, and Dr. Colaço typically recommends four treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Everyone is unique, so she and her aesthetics team customize an IPL treatment plan that works best to achieve your skin care goals.

What can I expect during my IPL treatment session?

During your IPL session, you relax comfortably while the skilled medical aesthetician treats your skin. You may feel a slight warming sensation or a sting, but it’s over quickly and usually well tolerated. The light stimulates new collagen production below the surface of your skin, so over time, you can get the same benefits as you would with laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel, without the downtime.

Dr. Colaço and the highly trained medical aesthetics team at Skinstyle Dermatology use the Lumenis® M22™ state-of-the-art IPL device for treatments. They customize the device for your skin type and color, and it also has a sapphire cooling tip for added comfort. This system is highly effective and safe for tanned or darker skin, too.

If you want to rejuvenate sun-damaged skin, clear up dark spots, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles over time, IPL photofacials may be the ideal solution. Call the office to learn more or schedule a consultation using the online booking system, today.