Dr. Markmann, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation treatments at his Baltimore cosmetic surgery center. Using the most advanced technology, such as the Palomar Icon Fractional Laser, men and women can achieve a smooth, balanced skin tone. The Palomar Icon laser can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands to reduce redness, broken capillaries and mild acne scars. Patients will see a gradual, natural-looking improvement with long-lasting results.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are performed together in the same setting. The dermabrasion technique is performed first. The surgeon scrapes off the outermost layer of skin using a high-speed rough rolling brush. Then, a dermatone, which looks like an electric razor is used. This surgical tool has a blade that moves back and forth to smooth and trim scarred surfaces and other skin defects, such as craters. Following this procedure, a soothing ointment will be rubbed onto the face. Some patients will require multiple visits to achieve their results.
A physician or trained medical staff member can perform an IPL Photo Rejuvenation laser treatment on patients. The procedure is gentle, safe and non-invasive, which allows for little to no recovery time. A full series of the laser treatment includes 3 to 4 sessions, with each session lasting 20 minutes every 3 weeks. Some patients may experience a slight sting, similar to the snapping of a rubber band, while the skin is being treated. All Palomar Icon treatments are customized to each patient's skin type and condition to provide the best possible, long-lasting results.
Improvement can be seen after each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It's common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of redness, blotchiness, sunspots and age spots over time.
Most patients experience mild side effects like temporary swelling, redness, crusting, bruising or superficial blisters. These subside within a day or two after the procedure.
Patients about to undergo Palomar Icon laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 to 4 weeks prior to the procedure. They should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days before each treatment, and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before the procedure to help prevent bruising. Patients should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Patients will not be sun sensitive, but they should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure will affect the results of the procedure. Patients should always wear sunscreen to protect their skin, and decrease the appearance of redness, brown spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
A full series of IPL Photo Rejuvenation sessions are required in order to provide gradual, natural-looking improvement with little to no risk of the patient's safety. Multiple sessions also allow for longer-lasting results.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.