At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s medical spa, we offer IPL Photofacial treatments to use energy to enhance your appearance. Our IPL Photofacial treatment is used to erase the appearance of sunspots, redness, and other skin concerns. You can find more information below and remember to sign up for Allē to earn rewards on your treatment procedures.

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IPL Treatment On Abdomen Scar

Performed by Nurse Injector, Tim Kaplan, RN, BSN

IPL Treatment Areas


IPL reduces the look of brown spots, redness, rosacea, and broken capillaries on the face. As an added benefit, IPL can also minimize the look of fine lines.


On the chest, IPL reduces the look of brown spots, redness, rosacea, and broken capillaries.


IPL works to reduce the look of brown spots, redness, rosacea, and broken capillaries on the hands.


This treatment can also lighten scars. Above you will see the IPL treatment performed on a tummy tuck scar

What is IPL Recovery like?

Immediately after:

Immediately after an IPL treatment, you can expect some redness and the feeling of a slight sunburn on your skin

One week:

The targeted brown spots will lift to the surface and begin to scab over. It is important not to pick these spots and to allow them to fall off over the 7-10 day period.

Two weeks:

At two weeks, you will see your tightest and brightest skin. You will be loving your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does IPL treat?

IPL helps to treat wrinkles, dark spots, age spots, freckles, birthmarks, veins, and rosacea. It also treats sun-induced freckles, benign brown pigment, red spots and large blood vessels.

What should I avoid?

After treatment, you should avoid retinols for two weeks, and artificial and natural sun exposure for a minimum of four weeks (including spray tans).

How many treatments should I receive?

Results are best with a series of treatments. We recommend 3-5 treatments to see the best results.

How long does a treatment take?

The treatment duration depends on the specific targeted treatment area. If the area is small it could only take 15-20 minutes. For a full face, it could take up to an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

For maximum results we recommend at least 2-3 treatments.

Does it hurt?

During your IPL treatment, you will feel a slight snapping sensation with each pulse. We apply a cooling roller and a calming cream after. Post-treatment, your skin will feel sunburned.

What is the downtime?

The targeted brown spots will get darker (a good sign) then they will lift to the surface and shed in about 7-10 days. You will look like you’ve been in the sun too much, but it is easy to cover up with makeup. You may resume to normal activities, just avoid sun exposure.

How should I prepare?

No sun tan, self-tanners or bronzers. This treatment is not as effective if you have a tan- in fact, you may even burn. You should stop all photosensitive medications and retinol two weeks prior to treatment.

Trust Our Aesthetic Experts for your IPL Treatment

When you schedule a skin rejuvenation treatment consultation with one of our two medical aestheticians, Maryann or Monique, your goals will be discussed and a skin examination will be performed to decide which treatment path is best for you. The treatment starts with a cleansing of the face, and then the first chemical peel layer is applied. If you are ready to meet with our aesthetic experts to discuss treatment, please request a consultation online or call us at (636) 530-6161 to get started.

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