IPL Photofacial is a remarkable light-based gentle treatment for troublesome pigmentation problems. Rosacea, facial vascular redness, large pores, sun damage and hyperpigmentations can be treated. They also provide preventative and maintenance treatment for general signs of aging. IPL Photofacials (IPL stands for intense pulsed light) are non-ablative therapies, which means that they do not harm or remove the upper layer of the skin. Instead, it focuses on deeper skin layers to promote new collagen production. They reduce pigmented areas, including age spots, sun spots, and small vascular lesions while improving skin tone, smoothness and appearance.
Photofacials at a Glance
|Treatment For||Rosacea, vascular lesions, hyperpigmentation, large pores|
|Expected Result||Improved skin tone and smoother skin surface|
|Treatment Time||Less than 30 minutes|
|Recovery||No down time|
|For Best Result||Limit sun exposure and use home treatments prescribed|
IPL Photofacial FAQs
How does IPL Photofacial work?
IPL Photofacials use a broad spectrum of light targeted to the lower layers of the epidermis causing the skin to produce new collagen and connective tissue while reducing abnormal pigmentations. They thus support the upper skin layer better and makes the skin surface smoother and with a more uniform color. IPL Photofacials also targets vascular lesions and symptoms of rosacea and signs of photoaging.
What does IPL Photofacial treat?
IPL Photofacials improves vascular complexion problems such as vascular redness (telangiectasias) and rosacea by up to 80 to 90%. They also treat sun-damaged skin, large pores, hyperpigmentation. IPL Photofacials are also used as a preventative measure against common signs of aging and a wide range of skin types can be treated.
What are IPL Photofacial treatments like?
IPL Photofacial treatments usually take less than thirty minutes in our office. Most patients will have a series of five to eight treatments; each treatment is about three weeks apart. IPL Photofacials have low levels of discomfort. Topical anesthetics are usually not required, but can be used if the patient chooses to do so. A handpiece is placed over the treatment area and delivers the light energy which can feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin.
What can go wrong?
Immediately after treatment with the IPL Photofacial, the skin may feel warm and appear pink (easily covered with makeup). Occasionally mild swelling or bruising can occur. Most patients can return to work immediately. Because IPL Photofacials are nonablative treatments (nonharming), risk is greatly reduced. Rarely do burns or abnormal depigmentations occur.
What should I expect from IPL Photofacial treatment?
Because IPL Photofacials are performed in a series, you will see more improvement after each treatment. After the first session, skin will already look and feel smoother and will have a more even skin tone. Over time sunspots will fade, pore size will reduce and fine lines and wrinkles will smooth out. Rosacea patients will see a progressive improvement with each appointment. Abnormal sun spots, aging spots will fade with each session.