Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Cutting-edge aesthetic and dry eye treatment

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What Is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is an advanced procedure that we use for both our aesthetic and eye care services. During IPL therapy, we use high bursts of light energy to heat targeted cells in your skin. This type of treatment can correct various skin conditions, such as discoloration and stretch marks, and alleviate the symptoms of certain eye conditions.

The Versatility of IPL

IPL is able to treat a number of different imperfections and skin conditions, including:

  • Birthmarks
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Liver or age spots
  • Certain wrinkles
  • Discolored skin
  • Rosacea redness
  • Scars
  • Freckles
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IPL for Dry Eye Treatment

Our team also uses IPL for the treatment of dry eye disease. IPL can help clear up meibomian gland blockage, which leads to low-quality tears, a common cause of dry eye symptoms. These short, painless light bursts clear away any dirt or debris that can inhibit proper meibomian gland production, stimulating the creation of healthy tears.

What Can I Expect from IPL Therapy?

The details of your specific IPL treatment will depend on your skins and what the treatment is being used for. Depending on the specific concerns you’re addressing, you may need multiple sessions as well. We’ll discuss your IPL treatment in detail during your consultation.

Does IPL Hurt?

Most people find that IPL treatment is painless, though there can be some discomfort involved. You will feel warm pulses of energy, which some people find to slightly sting.  

How Should I Prepare for IPL Treatment?

Before your procedure, you should avoid using tanning beds or creams for at least four weeks. You should also not get any waxes, chemical peels or collagen shots for two weeks. Don’t wear perfume, makeup or any skin irritants on the day of your treatment, and avoid taking aspirin or any medication that will increase your sensitivity to the sun.

What Happens After IPL Treatment?

In the hours after your IPL treatment, you’ll likely feel like you have a sunburn, and ice packs or a cold washcloth can help relieve this sensation. Your skin can look red or burned for a day or two afterwards, and brown spots should peel off within a couple weeks. Make sure to also use sunscreen regularly, even if it’s not sunny outside.

Kristen Barnett of California LASIK and Eye

The Barnetts Answer Common Questions About IPL Treatment

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Why Choose Us for IPL Treatment?

California LASIK & Eye proudly provides our clients with cutting-edge IPL treatment for exceptional, natural-looking results. We’re known for our ability to tailor our treatments to satisfy all our clients’ needs.

Our Amazing Team

Our talented team, led by Dr. Bradley and Kristen Barnett, have years of experience helping clients get the look and vision they desire. They are true client advocates and believe in going above and beyond for each and every person in their care.

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Our State-of-the-Art Technology

We believe in using the latest and safest technology in all our procedures, including IPL treatment, to provide our patients with the best solutions and smoothest recovery periods.

State of the art technology for IPL treatment

Our Convenient and Comfortable Location

Our Sacramento office is built to support a client-focused experience, and features everything we need to serve you in style and comfort.

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Kareem ElfikyKareem Elfiky
18:27 13 Jan 23
Dr.Barnett is an amazing doctor! I was considering Lasik for a while and went to 4 different consultations in the Sacramento area. My first day meeting Dr.Barnett I knew that he would be my doctor. He is extremely friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable, personable, and has huge passion for what he does. He deeply cares about his patients success and will work with them hand in hand every step of the way. I had a ton of questions for him and his staff and they answered all of my many questions with great detail, which built my confidence in the procedure even more.I would rate the entire experience an 11/10. I had my Lasik Surgery less than 24 hours ago and I am already seeing much better than 20/20 . The surgery itself was painless and doctor Barnett explained everything as he was doing it. Completely painless and completely worth it!Thank you Dr.Barnett and your staff as well!!
Steve PhillipsSteve Phillips
00:56 22 Nov 22
I recently had cataract surgery with Dr. Barnett, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I opted for the laser procedure and monofocal toric lenses to correct astigmatism, first on the left eye and a month later on the right. Now, several weeks past the right eye surgery, I am able to read the 20/15 line with each eye. 20/20 is considered excellent. 20/15 is even better. My intermediate vision is also quite good. I only need glasses for close work, which is common for someone of my age.Dr. Barnett also has me on a program to correct my dry eye problem (meibomian gland dysfunction), and it seems to be working well. My vision has not been this clear and crisp for years.Dr. Barnett is very personable, and it is clear that he is passionate about his work and cares about his patients.
Alana de HinojosaAlana de Hinojosa
18:39 11 Oct 22
Dr. Barnett has been an incredibly thorough and generous doctor whose excellent care brought my eyesight to 20/20 after my lasik procedure with him. I immediately knew that I wanted Dr. Barnett to be my doctor after my consultation. What stood out to me during that appointment is how he emphasized that once he became my doctor he would consider me his patient from now into the future. His practice, in other words, does not involve one stop procedures but an ongoing relationship between a doctor and his patients. In the month since receiving lasik, I can say that this has been absolutely my experience and I expect it to continue in the months and years ahead. I absolutely recommend him to those considering lasik. Not simply for the important reasons I’ve just outlined, but also because the staff is lovely and Kristen Barnett, Dr. Barnett’s wife, is a cosmetic specialist whose work has left my skin feeling refreshed and young! Kristen, Dr. Barnett, and their staff are a great team who offer excellent services.
Naz KhanNaz Khan
07:03 07 Oct 22
This man took incredible care of my husband. After our daughter scratched his eye in a fit about not reading more books, my husband didn't know how to get relief from the pain, with Type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Dr. Barnett showed compassion, competence, and committed service to help my husband recover. When one solution didn't work out, he accepted my husband on short notice and went above and beyond to give another solution that is now providing relief. He does not worry about inconvenience. He is a man of definite purpose and is doing what he loves as he knows (and is right in that) it is of value to society. NUMBER #1!!!
John SandersJohn Sanders
18:13 23 Feb 22
Dr. Barnett performed my cataract surgery and lens replacement and I am very pleased with the results! Like most people I was very nervous and apprehensive about having surgery on my eyes but Dr. Barnett and his staff were very good about explaining everything throughout the process and insuring that I was very comfortable at all times. It was an easy and painless procedure.At Dr. Barnett's recommendation I was fitted with Vivity lenses and I'm very happy with the choice. Before I could not drive, watch TV or read at intermediate distance without glasses, but now I can do all those things without.I have now recommend my friends and family consult with Dr. Barnett before considering cataract or Lasik surgery and would highly recommend him.

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