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IPL in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty
Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty Best Plastic Surgeon 2021 - Grand Rapids Magazine Castle Connolly Top Doctor Realself Top 100 New Beauty

Skin Rejuvenation for Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and All of Michigan. At the Bengtson Center, skin rejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) gives Michigan residents—from Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and beyond—a safe, effective treatment to erase sun damage, reduce redness (rosacea), minimize blood vessels or capillaries, fade brown spots, treat acne, and more.

Although IPL "photofacial" sessions typically take less than 30 minutes and require minimal or no downtime, the results are impressive and typically last for years.

Our Aesthetic Experts are extensively trained and have years of hands-on experience, all devoted to helping you look your best. They have the know-how and skill to assess your skincare needs and apply IPL accordingly, so you can transform a little investment of IPL into a big difference for your face. Let us shine the light on clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin!

Experience Matters

Meet Our Surgeons

When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?

IPL photorejuvenation uses high-intensity pulses of specific light energy to close and collapse blood vessels visible through the skin and repair damaged cells.

IPL treatments also stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen, a protein vital for smooth, healthy-looking skin. It works by sending energy into the skin, where it is selectively absorbed by certain cells—such as the red oxyhemoglobin in blood or pigmented cells in darker spots—and translated to heat, which damages them. Treatment sessions last only about half an hour. During the initial consultation for IPL Grand Rapids patients will receive a thorough skin analysis with our Canfield VISIA Complexion Analysis system, as well as complete information regarding potential risk and post-treatment care instructions for optimal results.

Grand Rapids IPL laser model

Who is a Good Candidate for IPL?

The Bengtson Center offers this treatment option for adults—men and women alike—whose skincare goals include one or more of the following:

  • Minimize redness due to fragile capillaries or rosacea
  • Fade brown spots, age spots, freckles, or melasma
  • Smooth wrinkles and fine lines
  • Tighten pores and improve skin texture due to scarring or acne
  • Reduce visible spider veins and capillaries

What Can You ExpectFollowing Your Grand Rapids IPL Treatment

Grand Rapids IPL laser model

During the brief treatment sessions, many patients experience minimal discomfort, as well as little to no downtime in the following days.

Any redness, swelling, or irritation that appears after an IPL treatment can be reduced by applying cold packs to the area. These symptoms should resolve in a matter of hours. As for the cosmetic impact, brown spots will first darken and then gradually peel and flake off, revealing clearer skin underneath, while skin texture and appearance will continue to improve for months following treatment as new collagen is produced in the skin. To achieve their best results possible, many patients require a series of three to five treatment sessions of IPL, available in reasonably priced packages.

What Are the Complements and Alternatives to an IPL Treatment?

The Bengtson Center offers treatments with the versatile Nordlys Hybrid Laser, which is also used as a light-based skin rejuvenation treatment.

HydraFacial MD session can be customized to include any number of personalized elements designed to bring out the best in your unique skin. Patients who want to address moderate to severe wrinkles can choose from popular injectables including BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillersChemical peels and microneedling can also give your facial skin a rejuvenating boost.

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Bengtson community

Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.