If you are bothered by how your skin looks because of dark spots, sun damage, or fine lines, A Woman Plastic Surgeon can offer you a skin consultation at our Metairie, LA office to see if you could benefit from intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) with InMode Lumecca. An IPL photofacial is a treatment that rejuvenates skin and removes hyperpigmentation and redness. IPL is not an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce amazing results. Our licensed aesthetician, Robin Brock, will apply the Lumecca, which sends intense wavelengths of light that warm the skin just enough to set off the natural regeneration process. In the end, you should see a healthier complexion with a more even skin tone and decreased areas of pigmentation.
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"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
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An IPL photofacial works deep within the layers of your skin to treat many complexion issues, especially sun spots and brown lesions, as well as excess redness, visible blood vessels, or generalized rosacea. The IPL can also treat age and brown spots on other areas of the body, such as the hands and legs. Ideal candidates for an IPL photofacial at A Woman Plastic Surgeon may have several skin issues, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), flushing, freckles, age and sun spots, or tiny blood vessels. Dr. Mizgala and her experienced aesthetician, Robin Brock, will assess your skin to see how you would benefit from an IPL photofacial during your private consultation.
A photofacial is performed in the comfort of our Red Spa inside our Metairie, LA office. This comfortable photofacial takes about 20 – 30 minutes if performed alone. Sometimes, the photofacial will be combined with another procedure, such as Fractora, for more dramatic results in certain patients. To start the photofacial, Robin will clean and dry the skin to be treated. The photofacial is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. The procedure will produce some warmth with a bright light and is easily tolerated.
What to Expect
There is no recovery period associated with a photofacial treatment, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little inflamed and red. There is little to no downtime, other than any brown spots may initially darken after absorbing the IPL energy, then flake off leaving clear skin underneath. This is known as chocolate-chipping. This will go away on its own and can be concealed with makeup. A Woman Plastic Surgeon recommends patients use a post-procedure product on the skin to decrease irritation and speed healing. After several days, the irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's critical to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial treatment and to not pick at your skin while it heals. While you should see visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several photofacial sessions. Robin Brock, our licensed aesthetician, recommends approximately 2 – 4 treatments scheduled a month apart at A Woman Plastic Surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does IPL cost?
Every patient case is unique, which means the cost of IPL will be dependent on your unique condition. A Woman Plastic Surgeon offers monthly specials and accepts many forms of payment. During your initial visit, we can determine your cost and determine the number of treatments recommended for optimal results. A single Lumecca treatment of the entire face and neck is priced at $300. Package prices are available, as well as seasonal specials.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Improvements can be seen after each treatment, and the best results can be seen a month after treatment is completed. It’s common for patients to respond differently to each treatment session. Patients will see a gradual improvement of their pre-existing redness, blotchiness, sunspots, and age spots over time.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo an IPL laser treatment are usually asked to avoid self-tanners and excessive sun for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. You should discontinue the use of minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova 7 days before each treatment. You should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
- Average Cost
- $100 - $300
Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you had clear skin, but now that environmental damage, including wrinkles, brown spots, and other blemishes are developing, you now may be interested in treatments that correct your appearance. We invite you to learn more about photofacial treatments by calling our Metairie, LA office and scheduling a skin consultation with Dr. Mizgala and her experienced aesthetician, Robin Brock. With photofacial treatments at A Woman Plastic Surgeon, we can go deep within the layers of damaged skin to help create a youthful glow and a smooth complexion.