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IPL Photofacial in NYC

We specialize in IPL Photofacial for our New York City patients interested in improving skin health and texture.

Intro TO Intense Pulse Light Treatment

At our boutique practice in NYC, IPL (Intense Pulse Light Treatment) is a popular non-surgical procedure offered by Dr. William Lao. Men and women patients alike, love this treatment, as it’s a non-invasive way to improve skin texture, providing a more youthful glow.
Dr. Lao provides IPL in his New York City office and strives to deliver the most effective and safe IPL NYC patients can look forward to. Below, we’ve included information about the procedure, frequently asked questions, and information about renowned plastic surgeon
— Dr. Willian Lao.


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What is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

Also referred to as Photofacial, IPL Treatment helps improve your skin’s color and texture without having surgery. Utilizing pulsating light energy to target a certain color in your skin, an IPL device sends out multiple wavelengths of light that can treat a range of skin conditions such as:

  • Red, brown, or splotchy skin due to a health condition
  • Visible damage caused by sun exposure - also called Photoaging
  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Stretchmarks
  • Fine Wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Spider Veins
  • Unwanted Hair
  • And many more!

After receiving your IPL treatment, you may notice a more youthful appearance because you will have a more even skin tone.

Who are the Best Candidates for IPL?

The best candidates are those with lighter brown or pale skin. Please confer with Dr. Lao if you are pregnant, have a skin condition, or are taking medications for other conditions.

We do not recommend this procedure if you are very dark-skinned, are sensitive to light, might have skin cancer, use a retinoid cream, have severe scarring or any keloid scar tissue, have a skin resurfacing disorder, or have recently tanned your skin via sunlight, tanning beds, or tanning creams.

What are the Benefits of IPL Photofacial Treatment?

The IPL Photofacial treatment is non-invasive and non-ablative, meaning there is no tissue removal and can fix several types of unwanted skin problems. This procedure can allow you to get rid of vascular lesions, freckles or age marks, facial lines, wrinkles, remove unwanted dark hair, and even rejuvenate aged skin, although this does require a series of IPL treatments.

Prior to your IPL treatment in Manhattan, Dr. Lao will explain the process and clearly define your expectations from the treatment, and tell you whether or not the results you are looking for are achievable with this method.

Which Laser does Dr. Lao use for IPL?

Dr. Lao uses the M22™ Universal IPL module. The handpiece is designed with 9 ExpertFilters™ which are tailored to your condition being treated and utilizes a computer-enabled filter recognition for enhanced safety and is easy to use.

What to Expect on the Day of Treatment?

The day of your treatment is normally very quick and simple. You will be provided with protective eyewear to avoid damage to your retinas, and a topical gel may be applied to aid with any pain or discomfort from the laser. After a cold gel is applied to the area being treated, the smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to your skin, delivering a precise pulse of light to the treated area. Most procedures last around 20 minutes, and you will be able to return to work immediately.

We highly recommend avoiding the use of perfume, makeup, and/or other scented products that might irritate your skin.

IPL Photofacial Recovery

After your treatment, you will experience your skin turning pink and little soreness immediately following the procedure. In the next few days, you may feel the sensation of a mild sunburn, such as redness, peeling, and swelling.

We suggest avoiding too much sun exposure in the following days and weeks after your treatment, utilizing sunscreen over the treated area to achieve the best results.

There is the rare possibility that your skin pigment may absorb too much light energy, in which blistering could occur. There is also a very minimal chance that your pigment cells can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin, or possible scarring, but this too is very rare.

How Much Does IPL Cost in NYC?

The cost of IPL in NYC will vary on a number of factors. The best way to get the most accurate cost will be to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Lao will be able to answer any questions and provide his expert recommendations. Financing options are available, to help manage the payment for our patients.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

When choosing IPL in NYC, there are many options available. By selecting William Lao, MD, you’ll get the confidence knowing that your treatment is being performed by a double-board plastic surgeon with extensive training in aesthetics. Dr. Lao prides himself on his ability to connect with patients, providing excellent results that they can be excited about for months, if not years to come. Dr. Lao has earned the honors of TopDoc by the aesthetic publication — NewBeauty and frequently loans his knowledge and opinion to the magazine.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation for IPL in New York City with Dr. William Lao, the best first step is filling out a contact form on our website or giving us a phone call. Our team is excited to meet with you and join you on your journey of discovering natural, flawless skin.


Is IPL painful?

There is some slight pain during the treatment but it can be reduced with the use of contact cooling and if necessary, some topical anesthetic.

How many sessions do I need?

On average, a course of 4 to 6 sessions every 3 to 6 weeks may be needed to achieve your desired results.


Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.