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Dr. Grodberg did an incredible job directing me towards the procedures that I needed and away from those she knew wouldn’t work well for me. The IPL has made a significant difference in my skin’s appearance and has been remarkable in treating my rosacea. I’ve undergone intense pulse light (IPL) treatments in the past but never with these kinds of results.” —TK, Manhattan

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“Skin rejuvenation treatment with the Ellipse® I²PL® helps you keep a younger and fresher look. The safe, visible light emitted from its flash lamp lightens age spots and reduces diffuse redness and uneven pigmentation and can help counteract sun damage found on the face, neck, chest and hands.” —Dr. Michele Grodberg


“Intense pulsed light devices deliver short bursts of very intense light to treat specific skin conditions. The visible light produced by the unique Ellipse® I²PL® system is carefully controlled to produce the correct pulse length and right amount of energy to destroy the targets without damaging surrounding tissue. Treatments with laser and with intense pulsed light both work in the same way: choosing wavelengths that are absorbed by the target. A laser uses light with one specific wavelength and intense pulsed light uses a band of wavelengths.”

“It works by directing well-controlled pulses of light into the upper skin layer. The light is absorbed by two targets – melanin in the pigmented areas and hemoglobin in the red blood cells. These pigments convert the light energy into heat. This heat is used to selectively destroy the parts of the cells in which the melanin is stored and to damage the walls of the vessels supplying blood to the areas of visible vascular damage. The surrounding skin and structures are not affected.”

“Pain tolerance varies greatly from person to person. No anesthetics are required for IPL, however a topical numbing cream may be applied prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort. Many patients describe the process as a warming sensation similar to the feeling one has after a day on the beach.”

“The light used is a completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the unique Ellipse® I²PL® Dual Mode Filtering system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is important to avoid tanning (sun, tanning bed or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise, your tanned skin will absorb more light, which may lead to adverse effects. Generally, post-treatment care is unnecessary. People with sensitive skin may benefit from applying an ice pack to the face immediately after treatment. Sun protection after treatment is a must."

“You may notice that your skin looks a little discolored for a few days. The pigmented areas will initially darken and then slough off over the next 3 to 7 days. You can cover this with makeup. After the sloughing, your skin will look smoother and fresher.”

MGMD® Maintenance and Care Regimen

Dr. Grodberg emphasizes post-procedure care and develops and reviews with each patient a customized post-procedure protocol.

Dr. Grodberg brings her extensive experience and deep physicians’s knowledge to follow-up care and has designed standard guidelines as a starting point for most common procedures. See our Pre & Post IPL Guidelines form to get a general idea of her suggestions.

See below for Dr. Grodberg’s recommendations of products commonly used by patients who get IPL Treatment. Click on any product to find out more. Our popular Skin Rejuvenation Package or Alastin Procedure Enhancement Kit both contain many of our most recommended products at a significant savings.

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