"My procedure (mini facelift and upper eyelid lift) had minor discomfort. I was impressed with how Dr. Menkes' staff worked hard to ensure that I was comfortable during the entire procedure. As a result, the time went by quickly, and I was very relaxed throughout. In terms of overall discomfort, I'd much rather have more cosmetic surgery with Dr. Menkes, than some upcoming dental work! Thanks again to your entire staff for helping to make this go so smoothly, and for the great results! I had a wonderful experience at your Clinic. Rachel administered the IPL to my face and neck. The results are a great improvement. The redness on my neck has almost completely disappeared. I can go out with my shirt unbuttoned, and have no concerns. My face is also very much improved, the cheek redness is only visible when I'm working in the sun, and most everyone else has color then too. I greatly appreciate the comprehensive time and care spent. I highly recommend this Clinic and its doctors to anyone interested in the best professional knowledge and care the Bay Area has to offer. I will definitely use the Clinic again for all my further treatments. My business associates would do well to take advantage of such a top rate practice. I highly recommend this Clinic to anyone wishing to look their best, in front of, or behind the camera."
IPL is a non-invasive treatment that employs high intensity pulses of light to improve the appearance of a number of skin problems including but not limited to hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and fine lines.
How it works
The smooth, flat glass handpiece is a precision light generator that emits pulses of intensely bright white light against the skin. The machine generates multiple wavelengths of light in pulses designed to dissipate brown hyperpigmentation, break up small blood vessels that lie just beneath the surface, and encourage the production of collagen within the cells while ensuring tissue at the surface remains unaffected.
What to expect
Before the procedure, the practitioner will apply a thin layer of clear gel to the areas to be treated. The gel is cool and soothing and assists in the efficacy of the treatment. The practitioner moves the hand piece slowly over the treatment site on the skin. The light is administered in short pulses and you may experience a warm or hot sensation when the laser is fired. The treatment lasts 20-60 minutes, depending on the treatment areas. An IPL procedure requires no downtime so patients need not interrupt their daily routine. An increase in noticeable results will occur with more treatments. Although some patients experience their desired results in 1-2 sessions, most patients require a series of 5 treatments.
IPL treatment benefits
A gradual evening out of skin tone
A gradual decrease in hyperpigmentation or redness
Improvement in the appearance of pore size and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines
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