An IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial harnesses the power of light technology to improve the appearance of sun-damaged and aged skin. Intense Pulsed Light is emitted through a handheld device to the areas being treated for improvement. Discoloration on the face such as brown spot, rosacea, and vascular and benign discolorations such as facial spider veins and port wine stains can all be diminished to give the face a more evenly toned appearance. At his Houston MedSpa, triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Mentz offers IPL photofacial treatments for patients looking to improve the health and beauty of their skin.
IPL Photofacial Reviews
"Wonderful experience! - Dr. Mentz is awesome as well as the office staff. Upon my first encounter with him he was very kind, patient and very knowledgeable. I had a BBL and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! I’m 3 weeks post-op no complications and I’ve received numerous compliments on my new body. My entire experience from beginning to now has been wonderful. I am so grateful I chose Dr. Mentz! He excee..."- A. / RealSelf / May 01, 2018
"Reverse Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, BBL, Hernia Repair - I saw doctor Mentz in 2014 for a mini abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. My results were as good as it can get. Last year to now (2018/2019) I gained 30lbs and it left my with an unsightly shape to my body as well as gave me some really odd, loose upper stomach skin that really needed to go. I opted for a rare procedure called a reverse tummy tuck; also known as an upper tummy tuck. I was definitely scared because of the scar that goes across your chest and the rarity of the surgery. I opted to move forward and boy am I glad that I did. I will post pre-op photos and now 3 week post op photos. I am still very swollen but if these were my end results, I would be happy... I can't even imagine what I will look like when the swelling goes down. Dr. Mentz is just so good at what he does. In total, he gave me an upper tummy tuck, an upper abdomen hernia repair while at it, liposuction of the love handles, abdomen and outer thighs and he did a Brazilian butt lift on me with the fat he harvested during the liposuction. He also did some stem cell injections in some acne scars on my face. All in all, I paid, $20,000. It was worth it. My scars are minimal. My butt looks amazing. I got exactly what I asked for."- B. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2020
Before an IPL treatment, the technician will cleanse the areas to be treated of any makeup, dirt, and oil to prepare the skin. You will be given an eye mask to protect your eyes from the pulsing light. The technician will press the IPL hand piece to the treated area where it will heat the collagen below the skin’s surface. By stimulating the skin’s collagen production in the treated areas, blemishes begin to disappear and lines and wrinkles are filled in. Most patients feel mild to no discomfort during their treatment and will need no recovery time
IPL treatment sessions can be purchased individually or in packages of 4 treatments for a discount.
- Face: $350 or $1,190 for 4 treatments
- Face and Neck: $400 or $1,360 for 4 treatments
- Face and Shoulders: $500 or $1,700 for 4 treatments
- Face, Neck, and Chest: $500 or $1,700 for 4 treatments
- Face and Chest: $750 or $2,550 for 4 treatments
- Face, Chest, and Shoulders: $1,000 or $3,400 for 4 treatments
- Chest or Shoulders: $750 or $2,550 for 4 treatments
- Hands: $250 or $850 for 4 treatments
- Forearms: $300 or $1,020 for 4 treatments
- Forearms and Arms: $400 or $1,360
- Spot Treatment: $50 per spot
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $50 - $2,550
- Procedure Recovery Location
When sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria build up in hair follicles, acne and other blemishes are often the result. IPL’s heat and light energy help to clear and balance blemished skin by destroying the bacteria that collects in the follicles. In addition, it is thought that IPL therapy helps to lessen the production of oil by the sebaceous glands, which can further help to diminish the excessive buildup of debris in the follicles.
After your IPL treatment, your skin may feel sunburned for about 1 day. After a photofacial, you should avoid hot water and sun exposure for at least 2 days. In some cases, scabs or blisters may form in the treated area and it is important you not pick at these and let them heal on their on.
For up to 2 weeks after their photofacial, patients may notice that the blemishes on their skin become darker. This is normal as the skin prepares to shed to damaged layers. To get their best results, most patients will need 2-6 treatments with each treatment spaced 4 weeks from the last. It may also be helpful to return for periodic touch up treatments to maintain your results.