Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Hyperpigmentation & Sun Damage Removal

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses a broad spectrum of light energy to generate heat and target hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, and even broken blood vessels in your skin. These treatments work by breaking up excess melanin in the skin while promoting collagen growth that together, work to ameliorate skin texture and tone. The length of treatment may vary based on an individual’s skin type, condition, and age, however it is recommended to receive four monthly treatments in order to produce the best results. With YMD’s treatment plan combined with our individualized follow-up care, patients will achieve an even toned, natural glow.

More About Intense Pulsed Light Treatments

Before surgery operation. Portrait of beautiful young blonde woman keeping eyes closed and touching
Before surgery operation. Portrait of beautiful young blonde woman keeping eyes closed and touching

How Can I Prepare for an IPL Treatment?

Prepare by starting on medical grade skincare as recommended by the YMD team. Review your medical history with a healthcare professional. Avoid exposure to UV rays as well as self-tanning products prior to treatment in order to avoid adverse reactions. 

Before surgery operation. Portrait of beautiful young blonde woman keeping eyes closed and touching
Before surgery operation. Portrait of beautiful young blonde woman keeping eyes closed and touching

What Can I Expect?


Throughout your treatment, you will feel a warm sensation caused by light pulses. The number of pulses you receive will be determined by the size of the area to be treated. Our staff at YMD ensures that our patients are comfortable throughout the whole procedure.


Most patients experience little to no downtime after receiving an Intense Pulsed Light treatment. Immediately after treatment it is common to experience mild swelling and pinkness to the skin. Depending on your Fitzpatrick level, many patients will experience darkening of freckles and brown spots to the treated area that give the appearance of “coffee grounds.” These will linger for several days, until they ultimately fall off.


With a holistic approach to skin rejuvenation, it effectively reduces existing sun damage and prevents future breakouts, resulting in a glowing, youthful complexion. Broken blood vessels and rosacea may also appear less prominent with this treatment. Bid farewell to dull, aged skin with Intense Pulsed Light therapy!


Frequently Asked Questions

Here at YMD, we offer everything from surgical procedures, laser treatments, and aesthetic enhancements that help you feel as good as you look. 

Years of sun exposure (sun damage) and aging together create surface wrinkles on the skin. For patients with significant deep wrinkles, stretching the skin in a facelift to smooth out surface skin wrinkles may cause the type of windblown facial distortion patients want to avoid and Dr. Yeilding will not attempt this. There is a direct remedy for skin surface wrinkles using CO2 laser resurfacing for certain candidates. Laser treatment can dramatically reduce fine, moderate and deep skin surface wrinkles without the stretching that causes facial distortion. Laser resurfacing will also reduce hyperpigmentation at the same time. Therefore, there is a strong synergy for patients to consider both procedures.

Most surgeons would agree that an average or good facelift outcome is where a visually significant improvement in the jowls with neck tightening occur and will last approximately 10-15 years. Dr. Yeilding tells patients their facelift will likely turn the clock back about 10-15 years but of course the aging process will continue. Variations in longevity of result are according to patient age and health, lifestyle, diet, weight fluctuations and genetics.

You will see Dr. Yeilding during your initial surgery consultation. You will also see her before and after your surgery where she will speak with you and any family members or caregiver present that you wish. She will see you directly for most post-operative visits, as Dr. Yeilding wants to stay very close to personally evaluate how your healing is progressing especially during the first 2 weeks. There are times when you may not see Dr. Yeilding directly, such as your Pre-Op visit, 2-3 weeks prior to your surgery, where you will receive detailed instructions to prepare you for your surgery and your recovery. Additionally, if you should have an issue or concern after your surgery on a day/time when Dr. Yeilding is operating, we may ask that you come to YMD to be seen by a staff member, who may take pictures, or perform a test, to be able to describe your issues to Dr. Yeilding, rather than rely on telephone discussion. Sometimes telephone discussion is all that is needed.

Bruising is common and lasts about 2 to 3 weeks. Infections can occur but are very rare; however, all infections must be treated quickly to avoid more significant issues. Bleeding and other fluid buildup can collect to form a hematoma or seroma and if not treated can reduce efficacy of neck tightening, or in rare cases are severe enough to potentially degrade the skin itself. It is important to inform Dr. Yeilding immediately if you see/feel pockets of fluid and she will see you quickly to fix the problem fast which typically avoids long term negative consequences. Numbness in the lower face is common and is actually helpful for reducing pain after surgery. Normal feeling typically returns in several months. More severe nerve damage impacting normal facial movement is possible, but rare and also typically resolves over a few months. Facial asymmetry between left and right sides of face can occur; however, Dr. Yeilding surgeries typically improve facial symmetry compared to the pre-op situation. Thickened scars or hair loss around the incision site are reported nationally, however Dr. Yeilding uses advanced techniques that typically do not cause hair loss or result in highly visible scars. Dr. Yeilding’s incisions are made in front of the ear and behind the ear hidden in the sideburn area hair and behind the ear. It is also hidden inside the ear and behind the lobe and the ear (below left image). After 2-3 months there is very little for anyone to see of the actual facelift incision. Facelift incisions heal extremely well and rarely present a problem of scaring. If a rare undesirable scar forms, Dr. Yeilding can improve it with laser resurfacing. See Below regarding Dr. Yeilding facelift incisions:

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