About IPL

If you are concerned about how your complexion looks because of fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage, Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center can offer you a skin examination at our Frisco, TX office to see if you’ll benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). An IPL photofacial is a rejuvenating skin treatment for adult women and men with hyperpigmentation and wrinkle concerns on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce impressive results. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Dharamsi and her team of providers use intense wavelengths of light that raise the temperature of the skin just enough to start the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. In time, you should see a healthier layer with a more even tone and fewer spots.

BBL™ Photofacial

BroadBand Light (BBL) Therapy by Sciton is an innovative technology used to perform a one-of-a-kind photofacial, delivering advanced light therapy to the skin. BBL targets the visible signs of aging, such as sun damage and wrinkles, for smoother and more youthful skin. The cutting-edge technology also treats a multitude of other common skin conditions and is an excellent addition to any nonsurgical skin rejuvenating treatment plan.

Ideal Candidates

A photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to correct many complexion problems (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no recovery time. The best candidates for IPL treatments at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center may have many issues with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), wrinkles, rough texture, large pores, flushing, melasma, age and sun spots, or dilated capillaries. Jennifer Dharamsi, M.D. will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for a photofacial during your private consultation.

Procedure Technique

An IPL photofacial is completed at our Frisco, TX office in about 20 – 30 minutes. To start the treatment, the technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special shields. The IPL photofacial is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL photofacial, it is generally tolerable for the fast treatment time.

What to Expect

There is no recovery time associated with a photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little swollen and pink. This will subside on its own in several hours — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center suggests patients apply an ointment on the treated skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. Over the next several days, the surface layer of skin will begin to flake off. It’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial and to not pick at the flaking skin.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does IPL cost?

An IPL will vary in cost for each patient as it is dependent on your unique treatment and if one or more sessions are scheduled. Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center accepts many payment forms and offers specials on multi-treatment packages. We can discuss your cost during your consult.

What are the possible side effects of an IPL?

Common side effects include redness, swelling, crusting, and superficial blisters. These symptoms are temporary and can be eased with over-the-counter medication and cold compresses. We also recommend that patients be extra mindful of protecting their skin from direct sunlight for the first few days after their treatment as excessive sun exposure can alter your results.

How many sessions will I need?

While you should see great results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL photofacial treatments. We usually recommend approximately 3 – 6 treatments spaced at least one month apart at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center. Spacing these treatments out will help attain a gradual, natural-looking result.


Get Your Glow Back

You probably didn’t worry too much about your skin when you were young, but now that environmental damage, such as wrinkles, sun spots, and other blemishes are becoming visible, you now may be interested in procedures that rejuvenate your skin. We invite you to learn more about IPL photofacial treatments by calling our Frisco, TX office and scheduling a skin assessment with Dr. Dharamsi. With IPL treatments at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center, we can go deep within the layers of skin to help restore a radiant glow and a healthy complexion.