IPL Photofacial

IPL, or a pulsed light photofacial, is a quick procedure to rejuvenate the skin with little to no downtime. IPL stands for ‘Intense Pulsed Light’. Rather than a laser, this treatment selectively applies light to revitalize the skin without causing any of the side effects associated with laser or chemical peels. For the right patient, a photofacial IPL can reduce fine lines, increase skin elasticity, reduce brown spots, and minimize red capillaries- resulting in a better, more beautiful complexion. Typically, photofacial skin rejuvenation consists of a series of four to six treatments that are spaced four weeks apart. During the treatment, a flash of light targets the superficial skin (the epidermis) to balance uneven skin tones. An IPL photofacial treatment can enhance many areas of the face and body, including the neck, chest, back, hands, arms, and legs. Plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Siegel offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical anti-aging treatments. With extensive expertise in facial anatomy, a refined aesthetic sensibility, and in-depth knowledge of the latest cosmetic technologies, Dr. Siegel is one of the best IPL photofacial providers in Houston. Our team would be thrilled to help you enjoy more attractive, youthful skin with this minimally invasive treatment.


One week after my rhinoplasty I walked into Dr. Siegel’s office to finally see the results. I’d waited for this moment for more than ten years- and I was nervous. I’d compulsively found every list online of botched nose jobs. I researched all the worst possible outcomes of recovery, but there I was just one week later; I wasn’t stuffed with gauze, there was no heavy bruising, and it certainly didn’t hurt. Just a simple splint and what felt like the longest week of my life waiting for that appointment.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

Dr. Siegel removed the splint easily and painlessly with a liquid solution and asked if I was ready to see my new nose. Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time after my surgery was unreal- it was a subtle, natural looking change, my nose finally fit my face. After waiting for nearly a decade, I finally felt like I had the nose that I should have been born with.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

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The IPL Photofacial Process


If you’re interested in an IPL photofacial, the first step is to schedule a consult with Dr. Siegel. During this appointment, he will examine your skin, learn about your cosmetic concerns, and answer any questions you have about photofacial treatment. He will also go over alternative treatments- such as injectables or facial plastic surgery- depending on the aesthetic issues you want to address. For example, a laser peel or chemical peel may be a better option if you want to minimize deeper pigmentation such as melasma, large pores, or more pronounced wrinkles. Based on your conversation, Dr. Siegel will then design a customized treatment plan to suit your needs and preferences.


Since each patient is different, Dr. Siegel will give you an individualized set of guidelines to follow to get ready for your IPL photofacial. Generally speaking, we recommend that you drink plenty of water, avoid any medications that could interfere with the treatment, use ample moisturizer, take precautions to prevent a sunburn, and stop smoking. Following Dr. Siegel’s preparation instructions will help your treatment go smoothly, so you can recover quickly and enjoy stunning results.


On the day of your IPL photofacial, you’ll come to our Houston cosmetic surgery office. Dr. Siegel usually does not use any anesthesia or sedation for this procedure. He will give you a mask to cover and protect your eyes during the procedure, then use the intense pulsed light machine to target your facial skin. The exact photofacial techniques Dr. Siegel uses will depend on your particular facial anatomy. Typically, these treatments do not take more than half an hour. You may experience mild discomfort during your procedure, but Dr. Siegel will take every possible precaution to avoid this.


Most patients are able to return to work immediately after photofacial treatment. Some patients have slight inflammation and redness following the procedure, but these symptoms should subside within several days. To optimize your outcome, Dr. Siegel recommends limiting sun exposure following an IPL photofacial and keeping your skin moisturized. He will give you a specific, personalized list of post-treatment instructions to follow. You should be able to enjoy the full results of your photofacial within several weeks, as the top layer of your skin sheds, revealing the revitalized tissue below it. Dr. Siegel will let you know if and when to schedule another photofacial treatment, typically about a month after your prior procedure.

Why Dr. Siegel

When it comes to your facial appearance, preserving natural contours, knowing which features to enhance and which ones not to, will make the difference between enhancing your self or appearing unnatural.

Dr. Siegel is sought out by highly sophisticated, discerning patients because of his innovative, yet conservative approach to Facial procedures- achieving natural, rested, and proportionate outcomes that exceed patients’ expectations.