Using IPL treatment for acne and acne scars in New Orleans area dermatological practice

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IPL Treatment for Acne Scars in New Orleans area
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices are among the most versatile in dermatology. Unlike lasers, they emit a broad band of light, from the blue range into the infrared range. Dermatologists can utilize various filters to target many skin problems. Acne and its red, discolored scars can be improved, as well as brown spots and dilated capillaries. Rosacea and generalized photodamage are also treated with IPL.

While IPL does not resurface like Fraxel or CO2 lasers, the deeper penetrating wavelengths do improve skin texture. The best part of IPL is that there is little discomfort and no flaking, crusting or downtime. Only a small amount of “peppering” (some accentuation of dark spots before they fade a few days later), or dullness or redness may occur for a few days after treatment.

The treatment takes less than 30 minutes, and a series of 3 is usually advised. But the result is luminous skin, with dark spots and redness dramatically improved.

IPL can improve red and brown acne scars that remain after acne clears. Post-acne discoloration can last months after acne has cleared, but IPL can mean full recovery from the psychological scars acne can cause. Rosacea papules and pustules can be improved with rosacea medications, but the dilated capillaries require treatments like IPL to resolve the entire spectrum of rosacea symptoms. IPL improves overall skin tone. And because red and brown is targeted, it is the original technology that pioneered the medical procedure known as “photo-rejuvenation” which is the rejuvenation of skin by the application of light. If there are severe acne scars or severe sun damage, IPL is often paired with deeper lasers like CO2 or Fraxel.

IPL is useful for a condition on the neck called poikiloderma. This is the result of chronic sun damage on the neck, making the skin both red and brown but also causing a pebbled and puckered texture.

How do you know if IPL is right for you?

Dr. Lupo was the first dermatologist to perform IPL back in 1999, and has been a leader in this technology ever since. She speaks at medical meetings and teaches other doctors the best practices to get the best and safest results with this technology. After an evaluation with Dr. Lupo, she will be able to determine if IPL is right for you. If not, she will be able to recommend the best treatment for your needs.

What are the benefits of IPL therapies? IPL is:
  • Performed with FDA-approved devices
  • Performed with trained and experienced professionals who have years of experience in laser and light therapies
  • Fast and effective at treating facial skin
  • Perfect for acne redness and discoloration
  • Perfect for rosacea, sun damage and poikiloderma
  • Effective at addressing other skin concerns including poor skin texture and tone
  • Affordable for many patients, offering results after just one treatment
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Completed without the use of anesthesia or topical anesthetics
  • A comfortable treatment option for obtaining uniform skin tone and texture
  • Readily available for new and current patients at our practice

Am I a candidate for IPL treatment?

Intense pulsed light treatments are an effective way for patients in the New Orleans, LA area to address several skin concerns with one solution. If you are interested in learning more about IPL or want to find out if you are a proper candidate, Drs. Mary Lupo invites you to call the practice at 145 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Suite #302 for an initial evaluation. The Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology can be reached by phone at (504) 777-3047 and is available for new and current patients.


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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.