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Laser Facial vs IPL at Pittsburgh's Medical Spa

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

At Avere beauty we offer a variety of services to fit your skin needs. What if we told you

facials and lasers were something we offered together??? Oh wait…It is! At our

Export location you have the option to choose between not one but two types of

laser facials. Below we list the types and what they do! Reach out to us at Avere Beauty

if you think a Laser Facial or IPL Facial is the best treatment for you!

What is a Laser Facial?

A Laser Facial is a treatment offered in our Export Avere location, and it is a form of

basic facial that is elevated by adding a singular wavelength of light through the skin

targeting areas of pigmentation with the goal of decreasing red and brown spots. A laser

facial is often referred to as the skin rejuvenator, because it can be used to help boost

hydration, treat fine lines and wrinkles, tone the skin, and promote the production of

collagen in the face. This treatment works by removing the outer layer of the epidermis

and heating the layer below which is the dermis which stimulates collagen growth. The

total treatment time is about 10-20 minutes long.

Down Time?

Well Avere Beauties that’s right! There is minimal to NO downtime with this procedure.

You may experience some skin pink/redness for 1-2 days but other than that you should

proceed with SPF in the sun for the next 7-10 days to protect your fresh skin from


It is important to consult with one of your Avere providers prior to your laser facial to

ensure you are taking all necessary before and after care to protect your skin. For

instance, ensuring you have stopped all “active” facial products at least one week before your appointment. Those active ingredients may include retinol, hyaluronic acid,


IPL Facial (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy)

IPL is a facial that has the ability to deliver multiple forms of broad spectrum light at the

same time that is targeted to darker brown or red pigmented areas and spots such as,

acne scars, birthmarks, rosacea, red capillaries, freckles, veins, sunspots, melasma,

redness, hyperpigmentation. The goal is to break up these spots with these visible

beams of light working at a deeper level to surpass your skin surface and target those

brown and red areas. IPL can be used on other areas of the body as well as the face.

IPL has also proven to show help in reducing bacteria growth in acne clients. Some like

to refer to the IPL facial as a photofacial because it emits multiple wave beams of light

at the same time like a flash to target the irregularities. The total procedure can take

around 15-30 minutes long.

Is it painful?

Some say the sensation of IPL feels as if snapping of rubber bands across the skin

causing discomfort not pain, others state it does not bother them at all. A topical

anesthetic can be applied for comfort.

Recovery Time?

Your skin may feel tight, red, and dry for a day or two after treatment like a sunburn.

Any redness should be able to be eased or covered with a moisturizer and SPF.

Will I need more than one treatment?

For optimal results, some clients may need 4-5 treatments depending upon skin type

and client goals. This is subject to change per client and can be discussed with your

Avere provider at your scheduled sessions. IPL touch ups may be needed once a year

for maintenance once achieving optimal results.

When should I suspect to see results?

1-2 weeks after treatment you should see improved skin clarity. Expect your best results

to occur after 4-6 of receiving your IPL treatments.

Visit to schedule!

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