What is an IPL or PhotoFacial?
Intense Pulse Light also known as a PhotoFacial, is an amazing
non-invasive, no down-time procedure that uses the power of light
to rejuvenate your skin. It addresses several issues such as the
signs of rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin
texture, and photo aging. Patients have also reported improvement
with mild acne scars, large pore reduction, correction of dark
circles around the eyes, and reduction of fine lines. Many body
areas can be treated including face, neck, chest, arms and other
areas. The IPL is one of the most powerful and effective
treatments available to maintain a more youthful and even
complexion. Best results are achieved with a series of treatments
and a consultation is required.
How does an IPL treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of pulses over the
treatment area. The light energy safely targets the pigmented
lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots. Vascular
lesions are also targeted and gradually lightened over a series of
treatments. The brown spots will darken and come to the surface
before sloughing off over the next one to two weeks.
What can I expect when receiving a treatment?
First, your laser technician will cleanse the area that is being
treated and then apply a cool gel. IPL shields will then be placed
over your eyes and the actual treatment will begin. You may still
see a flash of light as the energy is being delivered. There is a
minimal discomfort that is associated with this treatment. After
treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sun block
is applied. After the first treatment, a topical anesthesia can be
used for maximum comfort if desired. Your Laser Technician will
also recommend products for home care to maximize your skin
What are the side effects of an IPL?
Side effects are minimal. Immediately following treatment, the
skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker,
and capillaries may be more visible. You may also feel like you
have a light sunburn sensation for 2-3 hours after the treatment.
In rare instances, temporary swelling, bruising, blistering,
crusting, or thicker lesions can occur. Limiting sun exposure for
several weeks before and after treatment will greatly minimize the
risk of complications. The brown pigmented spots take
approximately one to two weeks to slough off.
What improvement will I see?
Patients will see a significant reduction of brown and red areas
of pigmentation in the skin as well as a reduction in small red
blood vessels after a series of 3-5 treatments. Improvement in
tone and texture of skin along with decreased appearance in pore
size may also be experienced. The skin will look refreshed and
How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of 3-5 treatments are recommended
with 3-4 weeks in between each treatment. After a series is
completed, a maintenance treatment is recommended 1-2 times per
year or as directed by our office.
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