Cutera® IPL Photofacial

Cutera® Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL), or a photofacial, uses powerful pulses of light to correct the appearance of sun spots, rosacea, age spots, and rough skin texture. Cutera IPL photofacials at our Newport Beach and Corona, CA, locations require minimal downtime and visibly rejuvenate the face and chest by reducing pigmented spots and evening out your skin’s coloration.

Quick Look 

  • Reduces dark spots and discoloration
  • Visibly illuminates skin
  • Treatment time: 1 hour
  • Minimal downtime
  • Long-lasting results 

What Does IPL Treat? 

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Spider veins
  • Rosacea
  • Unwanted hair on the face and body 

How Does IPL Work?  

IPL uses intense pulsed light to break up excess pigmentation in the skin. It addresses brown spots by targeting melanin particles, which then rise to the surface of your skin and flake away. For red pigmentation, such as spider veins or rosacea, it breaks down blood vessels near your skin’s surface, which the body then naturally absorbs. It’s an effective, noninvasive way to address uneven coloration at the source so you can feel confident in your complexion without makeup.   



IPL is safe to use on the entire body. Swipe left for examples.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL? 

The best candidate for IPL is someone who has sun-damaged, hyperpigmented, or discolored skin and is looking for more even coloration. We often treat people with freckles, age spots, rosacea, and other forms of red and brown pigmentation. Because the treatment also stimulates collagen production in the skin, it helps with large pores, fine lines, and rough skin texture, too. We treat patients concerned about melasma with Lumecca IPL

IPL is a bit riskier for darker skin tones as it carries a higher chance of unwanted changes in skin pigmentation. If you’re taking Accutane, you’ll need to stop taking it 6 months before your treatment to avoid any negative side effects. If you’re looking to treat active acne or acne scars, you may want to give our Laser Genesis treatment a try.  

Is an IPL Treatment Painful? 

Most people feel little to no pain during an IPL treatment. Some people say the light pulses feel like a rubber band snap. We’ll make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during your session.  

During the treatment, you’ll wear eye protection as your provider passes the device's handpiece over your targeted areas. You’ll notice some powerful flashes of light as the energy is directed into your skin. After about an hour or less, you’ll be done!  

How Should I Prepare for My IPL Treatment? 

Things to avoid before an IPL treatment include: 

  • Direct sunlight
  • Tanning beds
  • Waxing
  • Chemical peels
  • Collagen injections
  • Drugs that increase your bleeding risk, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Creams or other products that contain vitamin A, such as Retin A, or glycolic acid 

You should also let us know about any inflammatory skin conditions you may have that might affect your healing time.  

What Is IPL Recovery Like? 

For a few hours after your appointment, your skin will likely be pink, sensitive, and swollen, like a sunburn. You’ll need to wear plenty of SPF and avoid direct sun exposure during the first couple of weeks as your skin will be especially sensitive to UV rays.  

After a few days, you’ll notice your pigmented spots darkening even more. Don’t worry! Soon after this, they’ll naturally flake off and leave behind more a more evenly colored skin surface.

How Long Do IPL Results Last?  

Most people find their IPL results last about a year, and even longer with annual touch-up treatments. You might need a couple of sessions to see your best results initially, which we’ll talk over with you during your consultation.  

Let your skin see the light with IPL. To get started, book an appointment online or call (855) 977-1982.