What is an IPL PhotoFacial?
The photofacial treatment is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL Photofacials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
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What areas can be treated?
The IPL Photofacial is an ideal treatment for any part of your face, neck and décolletage that has undesirable skin redness, brown spots, or telangiectasia (tiny veins). We also find that lighter, low contrast brown spots respond very well to this procedure, compared to results with other treatments.
What does the IPL PhotoFacial do?
Your practitioner will customize your IPL Photofacial treatment to your skin type and selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on your skin. It’s the heating and lifting of the pigmented brown or red cells that causes the final therapeutic effect.
What do treatments feel like?
There is a pulse of light that is delivered to the skin that can cause a mild pinch or stinging sensation. We use gel to cool the skin before and after each light pulse to sooth the skin. Anesthesia or pain medicine is typically not required.
How long will the treatments take?
Treatment times depends on the areas of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take less than one hour.
How many treatments will I need?
One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sundamaged skin.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following your IPL PhotoFacial, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness.
When will I see results?
Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
New brown spots, telangiectasia and redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated. Remember to always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be “cured” with any laser or light source, however its appearance can be improved with this treatment.