IPL Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a very useful in-office treatment to improve the appearance and quality of the skin by removing unsightly brown spots, minimizing large pores, age spots, brown spots and dyschromias. It is also useful in reducing redness seen in rosacea, broken capillaries, flushing, or traumatic scars. If performed on the face, IPL treatment is commonly referred to simply as a “photofacial”, but other areas of the body are also rejuvenated very effectively with this laser treatment, such as the decolletage (upper chest), hands, and forearms. Intense Pulsated Light treatment stimulates your own collagen synthesis, and is a safe, effective, and associated with no downtime. While effective after just one session, this treatment is often repeated every 3 weeks until the desired benefit is achieved.

IPL Photodynamic Therapy stimulates your own collagen synthesis, allowing you to achieve smoother and more even skin with out downtime. As with all medical treatments, there are risks associated with IPL treatment, Dr. Capone and his staff will carefully assess your skin type, areas of concern, and goals of therapy. There are many factors that can help reduce these risks, all of which will be covered during your consultation. You cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding while undergoing IPL Photodynamic therapy. If you have a pacemaker or a history of seizure disorders, you also may not have this therapy. And finally, if you have been on Accutane in the past year, you are not a candidate for IPL treatment.


An intense light is emitted in a series of gentle pulses over the areas in the face that are being treated. This procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes and is performed in the office. People commonly say that the pulses of light energy on the skin feel like a rubber band snap. Anesthesia is typically not required. While some patients see a benefit after one treatment, for optimal results Dr. Capone recommends that the treatment be performed in a series of 3-5 treatments, spread one month apart. After results are achieved, Dr. Capone recommends that the patient maintain the results with 1-2 follow up treatments per year.


IPL treatment is a fantastic way to intensify the results of your medical skin care routine, and particularly compliments the results of Retin-A or retinol crèmes. In preparation for your treatment, we recommend that you stop using your Retin-A or retinol crème for one week prior to your treatment. This will allow us to use the appropriate settings needed for results and will minimize heightened skin sensitivity. You can resume Retin-A or retinol crèmes one week after your IPL treatment.


As IPL photodynamic therapy is a nonablative treatment, there is no downtime, and you can return to your normal activities immediately after being treated. Some people describe their face feeling warm or looking pink, which can be easily covered up with make up. We offer complimentary touch up Glo-Minerals® make up application to all of our patients after any treatment, so you can go confidently on to the rest of your day.

If you want to learn more about IPL Photodynamic Therapy in Baltimore, Maryland, contact us today!

Founded and directed by Johns Hopkins faculty Dr. Randolph Capone, the Baltimore Center is a premier plastic surgery practice dedicated exclusively to providing state of the art care for individuals desiring body enhancement, rejuvenation, or repair. The Baltimore Center for Plastic Surgery was founded for one purpose: to combat the signs of aging and deformity.

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