A Look at the IPL Max G Laser, a.k.a, Photo Facial

The IPL Max G laser also known as, the Photo Facial is a breakthrough medical procedure to improve skin tone, shrink pores, and eliminate dark spots and freckles. This cutting edge technology has revolutionized the aging face, and we love it! Let’s face it when it comes to undergoing a medical procedure you need to be working with a qualified medical doctor. Dr. Edward Espinosa handles all medical and aesthetic patient care at Buckhead Medicine and addresses what questions you should be asking your doctor before undergoing the Photo Facial procedure.

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1. What type of pigment can be treated?

Icon™ IPL is designed to treat age spots, sun damage and freckles on the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs and feet.

2. What type of vessels can be treated?

Icon™ IPL is designed to treat spider veins and broken vessels on the face, neck, and some other areas of the body. 

3. Am I a good candidate for skin revitalization?

Icon™ IPL can be safely used on most skin types. During your consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors including the amount of recent sun exposure.

4. What type of result can I expect?

You can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of brown spots, sun damage and vessels for a more even skin tone. You will see a continued improvement over the first 6 weeks after your treatment.

5. How long does the treatment take?

Depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated, the sessions could range anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

6. What does the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band followed by warmth of your skin. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece glides over the treatment area to help in providing a comfortable session.

7. How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the condition being treated, 1-3 treatment sessions are recommended for desired results.

8. How far apart are treatment sessions?

Treatment sessions should be scheduled 3-4 weeks apart.

9. How much does the treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated. Bundle/packages are always available just ask! 

10. How does it work?

Specialized pulsed of optimized light are used to target brown spots, sun damage and vessels without harming the surrounding skin. These imperfections absorb the energy delivered to your skin causing them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.

11. How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment. 

12. Are there any side effects?

Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you during the consultation.


If you’re considering undergoing any medical procedure make you have done your homework and spoke with a qualified medical doctor. Don’t hide behind heavy makeup embrace your skin and take back your confidence!

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