Contrary to what you may think, IPL is not a laser. It’s actually considered a medical device and stands for Intense Pulse Light. This medical device uses multiple wavelengths of visible light to even out your skin tone. The filter used to generate the light cuts off all wavelengths of visible light below a certain wavelength, but permits the wavelengths above to come through. With this incredibly accurate gating mechanism allowing just the correct wavelengths, IPL can very effectively treat red and brown discoloration on your skin.

The advantage of IPL is that it treats both kinds of discolorations at the same time: red and brown. And as an extra bonus: there’s no downtime, it’s painless, and there’s virtually no risk. As we say, “It’s a pretty good deal!” In addition, these kinds of treatments are often relaxing for patients because it’s a very gentle technology. Because of the nature of the treatment, IPL acts more like a paintbrush than a laser does in terms of treating larger areas. It gets rid of more extensive and widespread discoloration leaving your skin more even-toned and giving you that fresh-faced look. Lasers, while very effective and sometimes the best solution for your skin issues, are more impactful, direct, and you may have some level of discomfort or downtime from them. After IPL, Dr. Schultz explains, “You can just go right back to work, out to dinner, and carry on with your life.” With lasers like YAG and Fraxel, there may be a little bit more downtime.

When the reds are gone, the reds are gone! However, we advise patients that this doesn’t prevent you from getting new reds in the future. The same goes for the browns. Browns have a variety of causes, but by and large the most common causes are sun exposure or injuries to the skin. You may not be getting repeated injuries after IPL treatments to cause those browns, but you’ll certainly be out in the sun. So if you’re not committed to using sunscreen with regularity, you may have to come back for more IPL treatments even after you get rid of your browns the first time. You’ll end up getting additional treatments several months or a year or two later if you don’t have effective sun protection, but if you do, remember: once the discoloration is gone, it’s gone.

Dr. Schultz and his team at Park Avenue Skin Care have an incredible amount of experience with IPL Photo Facials because they were early adopters of this technology, at its inception. Additionally, one of Dr. Schultz’s sub-specialties in cosmetic dermatology is laser surgery including the use of related medical devices such as IPL. He adds, “I have so many lasers and so many years of experience that I have a very good perspective to determine which laser or medical device will give you the best results for your particular problem. Many patients come in asking for a particular laser or procedure because their friend had it or they saw an ad on TV or in a magazine . But Dr. Schultz may tell you, “that’s not what you need, that’s not going to give you the best result.” Because of his experience and facility with lasers and medical devices like IPL, you know you’ll always be getting the best, most effective treatment that’s customized for your skin type and your individual problem.

When you come into the office for your IPL Photo Facial, you’ll discuss your needs with the team and we’ll customize the right treatment for you. IPL Photo Facials will happen in about three to five treatments separated by about three to four weeks at a time. The procedure itself will take anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes and uses a painless, gentle technology so you may walk out feeling more relaxed than when you walked in! There is no downtime after your treatment and you can go on with the rest of your day right after the appointment.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is IPL? What does IPL stand for?

    IPL stands for “Intense Pulse Light.” It’s a medical device that treats Read More

  • What does IPL do?

    IPL is typically used to treat red and brown discolorations. A handpiece Read More

  • What do IPL photo facials feel like? Are they painful?

    There is a very minor tingling sensation from the pulses that are Read More

  • What should I expect after IPL Photo Facial? What will I look like?

    The skin can look a little pink for about half an hour Read More

  • Is there any downtime with IPL Photo Facials?

    With an IPL Photo Facial there is basically no downtime. You can Read More

  • How many IPL Photo Facial treatments do I need to see results?

    Individual treatments can vary, but in general, you’ll receive three to five Read More

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