Icon IPL Laser Specialist

Lower Highlands Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Denver, CO

Whether it’s age spots and wrinkles or broken blood vessels and rosacea, sun damage and uneven pigmentation can make you feel insecure about your skin. At Lower Highlands Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Catherine Carretero, MD and nurse practitioner Maggie Catalano use the state-of-the-art IconⓇ laser to deliver intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, improving the look, feel, and texture of your skin. If you live in the Denver area and want to learn more, use the online scheduling tool or call the office to book your consultation.

Icon IPL Laser Q&A

Lower Highlands Dermatology

What conditions does IPL treat?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) uses light energy to improve the texture and condition of your skin. Dr. Carretero and Maggie use IPL therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dark pigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Birthmarks
  • Varicose veins
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Unwanted hair removal

How does Icon IPL therapy work?

With IPL therapy, Dr. Carretero and Maggie use the cutting-edge Cynosure Icon device to deliver pulsed light energy deep into your skin.

This light energy focuses on pigments inside your skin, increasing the temperature of the pigmented cells and breaking them up into small particles. Your body naturally eliminates these particles through its lymphatic system.

IPL can also stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin, proteins that improve the texture and appearance of your skin, removing fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing your skin’s texture.

What happens during an IPL treatment?

When you arrive at Lower Highlands Dermatology for your IPL treatment, you’re shown to a private room where your treatment area is prepped and cleaned. Your skin specialist applies a cooling gel to keep you comfortable during the treatment process.

Dr. Carretero or Maggie then begins your IPL treatment by moving the Icon device over your skin, delivering the IPL energy. You may feel some slight stinging as the light energy penetrates into your skin; many patients say it feels similar to a rubber band snap.

Most treatments take 20-30 minutes.

How do you prepare for IPL treatments?

You should avoid certain things for two weeks before your treatment to ensure the best possible results, including:

  • Sun exposure
  • Tanning beds
  • Waxing
  • Chemical peels
  • Collagen injections
  • Medications that may increase your risk of bleeding, including aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Products containing vitamin A


To learn more about the Icon IPL laser, call the office to schedule your appointment or book online.