Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation treatments gently stimulate the growth of new collagen so your skin will look plumper and hydrated for a more youthful look.

The increased collagen in the dermis (top layer of skin) holds the skin firmer lessening the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and open pores.

What It Is

Advanced photo light system (IPL) is the industry’s most powerful BroadBand light system. It sets new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active life styles, and sun damage.

How It Works

Advanced photo light systems uses short, high-intensity blasts of light to generate younger looking skin. It enables treatment of multiple skin conditions with the strongest and most effect wavelengths in the market. This treatment is ideal for:

  • Treating acne-prone skin.
  • Reducing pigmented lesions, such as freckles, age spots, and scarring.
  • Lessening vascular lesions, such as cherry angiomas, telangiectasias, and rosacea.
  • Removal unwanted hair.
  • Rejuvenate skin for anti-aging.

We recommend Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment 3-4 times a year.


Advanced photo light systems blasts light that will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The machine is equipped with cooling features, allowing the high-energy treatment to do its work with minimal discomfort to you. The heat stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen, restoring your skin to its natural beauty and making it smoother, brighter, and younger-looking.

Intense Pulse Light Skin Rejuvenation treatments are best at treating:

  • Acne Scars

  • Age Spots

  • Broken Capillaries

  • Redness

  • Rosacea

  • Spider and Thread Veins

  • Sun Damage

Advanced Micro Laser Peel System

The Advanced Micro Laser Peel is the industry’s gold standard in deep heating laser peel treatments. By using Vivia’s powerful and advanced Laser deep heating process, which provides short-pulsed lasers to ablate the outer layers of the skin, these peels can provide excellent results in skin rejuvenation. Treatment can be delivered anywhere from 10-50 microns depending on the strength needed for patients’ unique skin tone and type. The setting of 10 microns is the equivalent of approximately four to six microdermabrasion treatments. The depth of the peel will also determine the optimum number of treatments, though most patients benefit from anywhere between one to four sessions.

Treats the following concerns:

  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
  • Improves overall Pore Size
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

After the Advanced Micro Laser Peel, patients experience several days of redness and peeling. It is similar to a severe sunburn, and can last approximately four days. Many patients have their treatments done at the end of the week to allow healing over the weekend and avoid taking several days off work for recovery.

Vivia’s Advanced Micro Laser Peel requires patients to use recovery products to facilitate healing after the procedure. We will educate patients on how to care for their skin after the peel has been completed.

ProFractional Deep Skin Resurfacing Laser

Intense photo light is the industry’s most powerful laser system for enhanced skin rejuvenation. Many adults could use a bit of rejuvenation due to the beating our skin takes on a daily basis. Factors ranging from stress to the sun to cold winds all play a part in how our skin ages. With ProFractional laser therapy by Sciton, we are able to help our clients reap the benefits of increased collagen.

ProFractional laser therapy is a procedure through which thousands of tiny “holes” are created in the skin. In between these columns is healthy tissue that accelerates the production of healing collagen in new and existing skin cells. As collagen increases, the skin gains better support and naturally becomes tighter and more youthful in appearance.

Treats the following concerns:

  • Sun damage
  • Surgical or Acne Scarring
  • Skin Blemishes
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lack of collagen
  • Rough texture
  • Skin laxity

The goal of ProFractional treatment is to improve the skin from the inside out by increasing collagen production. Most people who have concerns related to aging or sun damage will see significant improvement over the course of several treatments scheduled every two to three months. The skin can receive additional nourishment in between visits with skin care customized for your particular needs.

The technology of this non-invasive skin rejuvenating treatment can be combined with complementary treatments such as Vivia’s Advanced IPL Broad Band Light  treatment or the Advanced Micro Laser Peel.  A personalized treatment plan will be designed using the treatment or treatments that will best achieve your goals.

ProFractional treatment is safe and effective on most people’s skin. Individuals who are sensitive to light, have active cold sores or acne, or who have used Accutane in the previous twelve months may be better served by alternative skin-improving therapies.


Q: How does an IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment work on sun and age spots?

A: Sun, liver and age spots are on the surface of the skin, often the face and hands. They are caused by excess concentration of melanin in the area. During the IPL treatment, the melanin absorbs the light energy and heats up while the surrounding skin remains cool. This rapid heating helps break up the concentration of excess melanin into smaller particles that then dissipate over the next several days through the skin’s natural process. Imperfections are then reduced and the skin texture and tone are improved by increased collagen production.

Q: How can I increase the effectiveness of IPL treatments?

A: Getting a series of peels after your IPL treatments will continue to reduce pore size, skin discoloration, fine lines, and will improve your overall texture resulting in a more luminous glow.

Removal of Brown Spots Using IPL

We use the Cutera Intense Photo Light system to help reduce brown spots which can occur do to aging and sun damage. This usually takes 4-6 treatments, depending on the severity of the age spots. It is relatively pain free and results vary based on the type of skin, age of clients, and darkness of the age spots.

Acne Treatment Using IPL

We use the Cutera Intense Photo Light System to help reduce minor acne scarring. Intense Photo Light penetrates the skin in order to regenerate and smooth external scarring of the skin due to acne. Patients should see results after 6 treatments and results vary on the patient and severity of the scarring. Cutera IPL is not the best solution for patients with severe acne scarring. Other treatments like (Radiesse filler) might be recommended for patients with heavy to severe acne scarring. Results vary patient to patient.

Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation Using IPL

What It Is

Vivia Center offers skin rejuvenation therapy in McLean, VA. Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation treats fine wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. Patients with photo-damage and photoaging often benefit from the procedure. This treatment addresses:

How It Works

With this process the Cutera Prowave 560 “paints” the skin with one pass improving discolorations, photo-aging, facial telangiectasia and fine lines. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure which only takes twenty minutes. The procedure can be done on any area of the body.

To enhance any resurfacing procedure, Vivia recommends pre-conditioning the skin with an Obagi Nu-Derm program to promote more rapid healing, and to help avoid post procedure pigmentary problems.


With this procedure patients will typically benefit from 3-8 treatments. Clearing of sun damage such as lentigines will be evident after the first few treatments. Wrinkle improvement will be gradual over the first three months of treatment as new collagen forms, creating a smoother, younger looking skin.

The number of non-ablative photo-rejuvenation treatments for photo-aging has increased by 60% over the last 3 years.American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

Safety and Side Effects

Following the treatment we recommend a sun block for daily wear. Make-up can be applied immediately after treatment and you can resume normal activities.

There may be some slight redness or swelling for a few hours or, on rare occasions a few days. Dark pigments and freckles may get darker after the initial treatment and flake off in a few days.

Because lasers reduce wrinkles by encouraging new collagen growth, wrinkle improvement is gradual. At the time of your third treatment, nine to twelve weeks after your initial treatments, you may begin to note improvement.

Want a similar treatment? Consider IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Skin Rejuvenation. If you’re ready to try Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation, a skin rejuvenation therapy, visit Vivia Center in McLean, VA.

  • Sun Damage

  • Wrinkles

  • Photo Aging