Remove the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, rosacea & broken capillaries

with Photofacial

Don’t waste your time with fancy creams or facials. Remove ugly brown spots and sun damage from your face, neck, chest, and body fast and effectively while fading redness and broken blood vessels simultaneously with intense pulsed light or IPL Photofacial.

Photofacial Treatments

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What is IPL Photofacial and How Does It Work?



IPL refers to intense pulsed light technology which uses high-powered flashes of broad-spectrum light transmitted through a handheld applicator and into the skin to target and destroy melanin and vascular lesions. This produces more youthful-looking skin that is clear in color and tone.

Who is NOT a candidate for Photofacial?



Because IPL specifically targets the melanin in the skin, if your skin tone is what we consider a Fitzpatrick skin type five or six, which means you have very dark brown or black skin, then a Photofacial is not an option for you.

Photofacial can also not be performed on sunburned skin.

A Photofacial Treatment is Simple


Photofacial handpiece flashes IPL through a continuously cold glass tip about the size of a dime. This cold tip sits directly on the skin and is there to assist in comfort during the treatment.


To cover an entire face takes approximately 20 minutes and is an uncomfortable sensation, therefore, the application of numbing cream for 30-minutes prior is included with treatment at DLS.


At the completion, a cold, calming gel is applied and you are on your way!

Schedule IPL Photofacial 2 Weeks Before Any Special Event


The body responds to damaged cells from the IPL by lifting brown spots to the surface of the skin and allowing them to exfoliate naturally.   Broken blood vessels are cauterized and absorbed through the body over time. This process will exacerbate the discoloration in the skin for up to 2 weeks until fully healed.


Your skin will not look its best during this time period, so for that reason we recommend planning this treatment around special events.

Combine your Photofacial with a MicroPeel:



This combination produces less downtime and faster results! We recommend pairing a MicroPeel two weeks after Photofacials to clients who want to speed up the exfoliation process. Photofacials and Micropeels work great together because while the Photofacial clears up the skin tone, the MicroPeel brightens the skin and vacuums up what is coming to surface.

Photofacial Pricing

Price per Treatment

Mix, match and save - Combine a Photofacial treatment with a micropeel to help with skin tone and texture!

Purchase 3 photofacial treatments and save 10% 

Combine 3 photofacial treatments with 3 Micropeel treatments for a great jumpstart into good skin health, AND receive a 20% discount, taken on packages of 6 treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions for Photofacials

What is a photofacial?

Photofacial is a quick, 30-minute cosmetic treatment using intense pulsed light (IPL) – also referred to as optimized pulsed light – to improve the skin tone by lightening brown spots and diffusing redness or broken capillaries.

How does a photofacial work?

A broad spectrum of light is scanned over the full face, targeting red and brown pigment. These targets absorb the light which is then converted to heat. The heat essentially lifts brown spots to the surface causing them to crust and flake off revealing a more even complexion. Blood vessels coagulate and are reabsorbed by the body, causing them to fade from view.

How do I prepare for a photofacial treatment?

To ensure your Photofacial is successful and you can achieve optimal results, we ask our Denver clients to do the following before their treatment:

  • Stay out of the sun for 14 days. You can have your typical sun exposure you would on a normal day but no laying out in the sun or beach time 14 days before your treatment!
  • Plan accordingly! Don’t schedule any big special events for 3 to 4 weeks after the treatment to ensure you are fully healed.

What Should I Expect During a Photofacial Treatment

Plan to arrive at the Denver Laser Solutions office 45 minutes before appointment where we will apply a numbing crème to the treatment area. This numbing crème will help you stay comfortable during your Photofacial.

During the 15 to 20-minute treatment, we start at the forehead with a wand about the size of a fingertip which is cold to the touch. We work in rows, moving down from the forehead towards the eyes, cheeks, and chin covering the whole face and neck if you desire.  As we work down the face treating the skin, the Photofacial technology produces flashes of light and a sensation that feels like a little rubber band snap. Goggles are worn during the treatment to protect the eyes from the light.

Does a photofacial hurt?

Some of our Denver patients liken the sensation to a rubber band snap. At Denver Laser Solutions, we recommend coming in a little early before your appointment. Then we can apply prescription-strength numbing cream to make the treatment more comfortable. Even though protective goggles are worn during the procedure, some clients can still see a bright flash of light. Usually they are more surprised by the flash than the actual sensation itself.

What is recovery time for a photofacial?

You may experience a feeling of redness, akin to a mild sunburn, which may last for a few hours. If we are treating many blood vessels, you may also experience minor swelling. Particularly in the cheeks and under the eyes. Over time, the pigmented sun spots will darken and start to crust over like cracked pepper or coffee grounds. These will eventually flake off in seven to ten days. Blood vessels may seem more visible immediately after treatment but they too will begin to fade from view.

How many treatments will I need?

One treatment is effective at removing years of sun accumulation but a series of three to six treatments will be needed to see maximum results.

How long do photofacial results last?

Photofacials can bring about dramatic results to the skin. But having a good skin care regimen and wearing sunscreen every day will ensure you get the most out of your investment. Your aesthetician will go over the proper use of skin care products during your visit.

Any side effects to photofacials?

With darker skin tones, if done incorrectly, it can cause hyperpigmentation.

What are the benefits of photofacials?

It clears and balances skin tone, helps correct broken capillaries and heals rosacea.

Any downtime from a photofacial?

If you have a special occasion, we recommend getting a photofacial approximately three to four weeks ahead of time.

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