What is IPL?
Men and women who are concerned about the appearance of sun damage or dark spots on their skin might be great candidates for intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments at Refining Beauty. An IPL photofacial is a rejuvenating skin treatment for hyperpigmentation problems on the face and neck. Dr. James Leffingwell sends intense pulses of light to start the natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. Over time, you should begin to see a healthier complexion, an enhanced tone, and fewer spots. Although IPL is not an invasive process, it can be very effective and create amazing outcomes for your skin. Our Midlothian, TX team utilizes Harmony XL PRO technology from Alma Lasers to carry out IPL therapy and can offer you a skin examination to see if this solution can help you reach your skin goals.
"I originally started with Cross Timbers for my husband’s tonsils and allergies. Then again for my daughters tongue tie. All of these were done with Dr. Luke Shellenberger (at the Mansfield office.) In talking with the staff I found out they have a 🗣 MEDSPA at the midlothian office! The ball has not been dropped on ANY level with this practice. At the Midlothian office the receptionist Angela is on her A game ALWAYS! Dr. L is a hoot and a fantastic dr! I went in there originally for Botox. I had Becky and Rebecca in there assisting him (both nurses and fun personalities) which was VERY nice and comforting. Most medspas do NOT have nurses, some places they’re not even MA’s which is ridiculous. After Botox I started doing other things to help with my face because I didn’t want fillers, so they gave me some other options. His Medspa “guru” (as I like to call her) is nurse Rebecca. She is so informative through the whole process and aftercare. EXCELLENT bedside manner. So far I’ve done Opus (which is plasma), Clearlift, and Harmony. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these results. Below is a (creepy) picture of me with my very first treatment results. I’m making the face so you can see where the Botox worked SO well on my forehead. We are working on wrinkles, lightening my freckles/age spots, and tightening. I can’t wait to see what the end results are! We have currently started working on my HORRIBLE scars on my arms from getting Brachioplasty. They also run specials every month which I’ve taken full advantage of!! :) The only thing I wish was different would be a separate entrance for MedSpa only but, to my knowledge this part of the practice is still growing so hopefully I’ll see it in the future!"- K.W. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"I had a wonderful experience at Refining Beauty. Rebeca is doing an excellent job every time I come in. I can’t wait for my next sessions. I highly recommend this place"- Google User / Google / Apr 01, 2022
"Over the years I have developed some abdominal and back fat that I have not been happy with and have not been able to lose with dieting. I am typically anti-plastic surgery. But I learned about laser Lipo from a friend who referred me to Dr. Leffingwell. After speaking with Dr.Jim and his staff I was more intrigued. They answered all my questions and shared with me exactly what to expect. I decided to get this procedure because it was less invasive. The procedure was exactly how they described it and it was very simple. I was out of the office in a couple of hours. The results are amazing and I wish I had done this years ago. But the timing in meeting Dr. Leffingwell and his staff couldn’t have been more perfect. This dude is very happy with the results. No more love handles for me. I can’t wait until the summer to get some sun on these new abs. Thank you Dr.Jim !"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 09, 2022
"In short, Dr. Leffingwell demonstrated why physicians are often held in high regard. His competence and manner were very reassuring under difficult circumstances. As the "on call" doctor for his partnership, he stepped up, and, within about an hour altered my anxiety level from about 8 or 9 to around 2. Without the benefit of an assistant/nurse he performed brilliantly in alleviating my post surgery (deviated septum repair...) excessive bleeding."- J. / Healthgrades / Jan 31, 2022
"I received the My Ellevate treatment and then a month later went in for a Morpheus 8 treatment. I have loved the results of the My Ellevate treatment which addressed some loose skin under my chin and tightened my jawline. The Morpheus 8 is a micro needling treatment that helps refine skin texture and produce natural collagen in the skin. I will be back for a couple more Morpheus 8 treatments in the future. Dr Leffingwell and his staff are highly skilled and very informative and professional."- K.M. / Google / Nov 19, 2021
How much does IPL cost?
Your complexion issues are unique so your cost for a photofacial will be dependent on your individual condition. Refining Beauty offers special deals at times, and we accept a selection of payment options. At your initial consultation, our team can help estimate your cost and recommend the number of visits required to maximize your results.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Improvements can be noticed following your Harmony XL PRO IPL session, but final results are apparent around one month after a full series of treatments is completed. It is common for you to see different responses following every session. You will most likely experience an incremental improvement in blotchiness, redness, and spots (age, brown, and sun) over time.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
It's common to notice minor side effects, such as temporary swelling, redness, blisters, crusting, or bruising. This should subside within a day or two after the procedure. The treated areas will be extra sensitive to the sun, and you should keep in mind that excessive sun exposure can impact your results. You should also wear sunscreen to protect your skin and help prevent skin issues, including redness and sun spots.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
In preparation for IPL therapy, Midlothian, TX patients are typically asked to avoid sun exposure and self-tanners for a minimum of 2 – 4 weeks before their appointment. You may be asked to stop using minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova a few days prior to each treatment and will likely need to avoid taking ibuprofen, aspirin, or other blood thinners 5 – 7 days before your appointment to help prevent developing bruises. You should also protect the treated areas with sunscreen.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
We recommend getting a series of IPL treatments to produce gradual enhancements in your skin. Each session will help to diminish spots and other surface irregularities. Several sessions also allow for longer-lasting aesthetic outcomes.