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15% Off For My Readers For IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy)

You know I’m always fighting off aging with the ferocity of Alec Baldwin’s tears at court for his sex scandal trial.

I’ve had many procedures over the years including, Ultherapy (I noticed very subtle change) and three years ago I had a Browlift/Blepharoplasty  (which was, in my opinion, a resounding success).

Yes. You may judge my vanity. I have a healthy dose of it. Having said that I’ve maybe done one treatment a year in the last 3 years and before that none.

I’m not one of those ladies that runs to the dermatologist for fillers, Botox and various tune-ups monthly.

So when Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald recommended that I come in to wipe away 47 years of sun damage with a series of IPL Photo Facial treatments, I balked. It would require once a month for three months and I’m lazy.

A year went by.

Then it happened. One Saturday night at 1 a.m. I made the fatal error of looking at myself under a flourescent light in the bathroom at Jerry’s Deli on Beverly Blvd.

My recommendation? Don’t do it. You could be fresh from the womb and you’d still look like the Crypt Keeper.

I called Dr. Fitzgerald the next day and scheduled my first of three IPL appointments so I could rid myself of brown spots, broken capillaries (from the red wine?), spider veins and facial redness.


For those of you who’ve never heard of it IPL (intense pulsed light therapy) is a laser treatment that delivers a bright blast of light at very high energy levels through a hand-held device.

I grew up in Southern California and spent the better part of my first 25 years chasing the sun, and the last 23 shellacking myself in sunscreen to keep it at bay while I galavanted out of doors (even for beauty you can’t keep me inside.) so I had quite a bit of sun damage.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Should you choose to have IPL it’s important that you don’t have a suntan when you go in. You must be as pale as possible and this isn’t a treatment for women of color as it targets dark spots).

My high priestess in No-Pain-No-Gain, Dr. Fitzgerald’s technician Angela, (who administered both my Ultherapy Treatment and my CoolSculpting treatments), prepped me for my first IPL treatment.

First I had my BEFORE photos taken. Always a pleasure to see:


Notice the blotchy White Teardrop coming out of my eye on my right cheekbone? I got that when I was jumped out of a gang. Only after I won the knife fight.


In this photo I contemplate the historical repercussions of American soldiers leaving Kuwait for Iraq in order to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Is it just me or do I bear a striking resemblance to Natalie Portman if she played Mary son of God?

Is it just me or do I bear a striking resemblance to Natalie Portman if she played Mary son of God?

Okay, so these pics will live on in infamy on Google. Sigh.

Next I was doused, face, neck and chest, in a numbing cream which was kind of gelatinous, oozy and tingly. I waited a good 20 minutes for everything to numb up and then Angela took me into the laser room aka the chamber of electricity from whence Frankenstein was born.

She covered my eyes with oval tape-like things and proceeded, for approximately 30 minutes, to zap me with the IPL handheld device.

Each zap felt like a very small, delicate electrical shock on the surface of my skin. On my cheeks, neck and chest it was cool and painless. Around my eyes and nose the zap was more intense and painful.

I think I have a high tolerance for pain, so I would definitely say this was painless and non-invasive. But around the eyes and nose I did ask Rebecca to stop for a moment or two so I could catch my breath.

I’m home now, girded with my after-care ungents which include:

Avene Thermal Spring Water & Facial Compress; which soothe and calm the skin.

Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream that “provides a healthy healing environment.”

And Antirougers CALM Soothing Repair Mask, which “provides immediate comfort by cooling and calming the skin”:


The roses are mine because my life is full of whimsy and ballgowns.

Next Dr. Fitgerald prescribed a Vitamin C-based skin care regimen. She doesn’t make her own line, however she loves SkinCeuticals and ReGenica:

Don't overdose on ReGenica's Overnight Repair or you may, if you're a corpse, which some of us are, reanimate and rise from the dead. Which is scary for children.

Don’t overdose on ReGenica’s Overnight Repair or you may, if you’re a corpse, which some of us are, reanimate and rise from the dead. Which is scary for children.

As always, sunblock is a staple of any good skin regimen. Angela informed me it’s not the SPF in a sunblock that’s most important, rather it’s the ingredients. She advised me to use sunblocks that have Titanium (a la David Guetta) and Zinc.

Finally it’s all about the money, money, money.

For a face, neck and chest treatment Dr. Fitzgerald charges $750

For face alone she charges: $380

If you buy a series you’ll get 15% off all treatments.

However, if you make your appointment mentioning my referral you will receive an additional 15% off on your treatment! Dr. Fitzgerald’s info below:

321 N Larchmont Blvd. Ste 906
Los Angeles,CA 90004
Phone: (323) 464-8046

They are incredibly kind, efficient and professional.

Dr. Fitzgerald didn’t pay me to write this post, but my treatments are complimentary. I intend to give you the truth and nothing but the truth in my follow-up posts.

On Day One post treatment all of my dark spots have gotten MUCH DARKER. In a day or two they should scab over. Then, when the scabs fall off, I should have lighter, fresher skin. After photos to come soon!

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  1. eileen
    eileen 15 November, 2013, 17:48

    you are gorgeous & beautiful & so talented and I enjoy all of your musings. keep ’em coming girl. xo

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  2. Marcia @ MenopausalMother
    Marcia @ MenopausalMother 15 November, 2013, 19:13

    I’m anxious to see the next series of pictures. I have several spots coming out on my face now too and I hate them. I am also very interested in Cool Sculpt. Diet and exercise is good but not enough anymore….well, if I stopped sneaking candy from the reserved Halloween stash, I would probably be a few pounds lighter….

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  3. Anne Parris
    Anne Parris 16 November, 2013, 08:11

    Looking forward to hearing about your results. This treatment in something I’ve been keeping my eye on for a few years.

    I’d much rather find topical treatments than use anything that comes out of a syringe. I’m allergic to everything, so I’m concerned injectables will make me blow up like Alec Baldwin at a paparazzo.

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 16 November, 2013, 10:45

      Anne, that Alec has been known to fill a paparazzo’s face with his fist!

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  4. Sonora
    Sonora 16 November, 2013, 14:39

    IS that $750 per treatment, or for all three visits you mention at the beginning?

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 18 November, 2013, 07:48

      Oh how I wish it were for all three treatments. No, just one. Your kids may just have to skip college.

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