Treatment for Rosacea, Uneven Pigmentation, Sun Damage, and Face Veins

For improved skin appearance, including pigmented and vascular conditions  

IPL PhotoFacialSM is Epi Center MedSpa’s signature treatment, developed by Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Patrick H. Bitter Sr.

This treatment can be performed on the face or body and dramatically improves the appearance of facial redness, rosacea, flushing, broken capillaries, sun-damaged skin, brown spots, and certain under-eye pigmentation.

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr. introduced the IPL PhotoFacialSM procedure to the world in 1998. Since then, our patients have benefited from Bitter’s ingenuity through his adaptive treatment protocols and use of new technologies.

This signature protocol is only available at Epi Center MedSpa, where it is performed by Dr. Bitter’s team of experienced nurses, nurse practitioners, and PA’s.

What it Treats:

Broken capillaries
Sun-damaged skin
Age spots or brown spots
Pigmented acne scars


Little to no downtime
15-45 minute procedure
Results with every treatment
Minimal side effects
Long-lasting results

Is it Right for Me?

The IPL PhotoFacial℠ is a gold standard treatment option for challenging conditions such as redness, sun damage, brown spots, and broken capillaries. Achieving an even complexion and a softer, more youthful appearance can help build confidence and positivity. This treatment is best indicated for people with lighter skin tones. Medium skin tones would need to pretreat for two weeks before the procedure. It is not recommended for darker skin tones.


How much does it cost?

A full-face treatment is $485 per session. Please call about pricing for other areas.

How many sessions are required?

For optimal results, a series of two to four IPL PhotoFacial℠ sessions are recommended. If treating a more stubborn condition, additional sessions may be necessary.

How long does the process take?

This non-invasive pulsed light treatment takes only 10-20 minutes, depending on the area treated. However, this procedure requires two hours of your time at the medspa. Before treatment, we thoroughly cleanse the area and apply numbing cream for added comfort.

How quickly do I see the results?

Some patients see significant improvement after 2 to 3 treatments; others require more. Follow-up treatments may be recommended to maintain results.

What is the evidence that it works?

After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and more evenly toned. However, results do appear gradually and require multiple treatments to see significant change.

How long do the results last?

Results vary depending upon what condition we are treating. Lasting results also depend on your ongoing sun exposure, age, and condition.

What is the downtime?

There is little to no downtime.

Is it safe?

Yes. There may be mild side effects, but rarely are there complications. Our highly trained medical professionals ensure that your treatment is safe and reliable.

What are the side effects?

Side effects of IPL Photofacial℠ treatments are rare. However, immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown-pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and blistering can occur.

Is the treatment painful?

When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to the snap of a rubber band. Some find it mildly painful, and others do not. If you are concerned, we do offer a topical anesthetic.

Who invented the IPL PhotoFacial℠?

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr. introduced the IPL PhotoFacial℠ procedure to the world in 1998. His protocol is only available at Epi Center MedSpa in San Francisco.

Who performs the treatment?

Treatments are performed by our registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and PAs.

How quickly can I get an appointment?

Please contact our knowledgeable staff to discuss treatment and available times.

What other treatments are recommended in support of IPL Photofacial℠?

Fractora™, BotoxⓇ Cosmetic, DysportⓇ, Cosmetic Fillers, HydraFacial™ MD, and Chemical Peels enhance the results of this treatment.

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“I am a ballerina for San Francisco Ballet and I work out very hard during the day and perform at night. I put on street make up during the day and heavy stage make up at night. My skin is constantly sweaty and oily while I’m working out and when I take off the make up, it is incredibly dry. I tend to break out during our performance season and then am forced to try harsh products to keep my skin clear which makes it very hard on my skin. Dancers are supposed to be flawless, but hen you skin doesn’t look like a doll, you don’t feel like a true ballerina. I have tried everything in the market to try to clear up my skin and help keep it healthy during our busy season. I trust Epi Center MedSpa with my life when it comes to well made healthy products that work. When they recommend that I try their new line of products, I will willing to try anything. After the first night my skin improved dramatically. Within one week my skin was flawless and during a crazy tour schedule of putting on and taking off make up in a new environment and city my skin was still beautiful and radiant. I have been getting compliments like ‘you are glowing’ and ‘your skin is so clear and flawless.’ Finally my skin is reflecting how I feel on the inside: healthy and beautiful. Thank you Epi Center for doing what you do.”

– Empress