IPL Photofacial

Photofacial

Rid your skin impurities with noninvasive, light-based technology!

If you’re ready to say goodbye to unwanted skin pigmentations, then an IPL photofacial may by the treatment for you. This advanced technology has the capability to eliminate impurities and helps create flawless, younger looking skin!

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial skin rejuvenation is ideal for those who would like improve the tone and certain skin pigmentations within their skin. Photofacials can be performed almost anywhere on the skin and are typically completed in 20 minutes or less.

How IPL Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation Works

Photofacial treatments work by using IPL technology. Specific wavelengths from this light spectrum help improve skin concerns while helping to stimulate collagen and improving connective tissue within the skin. The end results provide flawless, healthy, and radiant skin.

What Does IPL Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation treat

A photofacial, or fotofacial, also known as photorejuvenation, is a treatment touted to reverse sun damage, even out facial color as well as improve tone and texture in the process. In other words, photofacial treatments reportedly:

  • tighten pores
  • reduce the severity of acne
  • reduce the appearance of or eliminate sun spots and freckles
  • lessen hyperpigmentation
  • treat skin flushing and skin redness
  • reduce the appearance of scars (acne, chickenpox, etc.)
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • reverse sun damage
  • treat vascular lesions (broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia, rosacea)
  • improve facial contour
  • tighten skin
  • boost collagen and elastin production
Side Effects & Recovery

Clients should full out stop using any kind of Vitamin A acids on their face –retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A), Accutane, alpha-hydroxy acids, etc.– 60 days before IPL administration. Ironically, no one in that particular forum thread seemed aware of that fact. Some other side effects include:

  • skin redness, tenderness and swelling 48 hours to one week post-treatment
  • bruising (encouraged by the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve within one week of treatment)
  • blisters and burns (rare)
  • unwanted changes in pigmentation (white or dark patches), more likely to occur in dark-skinned or tanned individuals
  • scabbing (common with brown spots, which are supposed to rise to the surface, crust over and eventually flake off)

There is no downtime with IPL skin rejuvenation. Commonly known as a lunchtime procedure, and clients return to their regular activities immediately following treatment.

Process
  • Initial Consultation
  • Procedure: Known as lunchtime procedure-15 minutes per session
  • Sessions Required for Optimal Results: Initially, if you commit to 3-4 monthly treatments and then maintenance every 6 months.
  • Recovery Time: None
Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do prior to treatment?

IPL Photofacial treatments require no anesthetic and they involve little or no downtime. As few as one or two treatments can reduce spots, smooth uneven pigmentation, help repair broken facial capillaries and veins, and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. Additional treatments will continue to improve tone, texture, and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen.

What do I need to after treatment?

In order to minimize any potential side effects, individuals who’ve undergone an IPL photofacial should:

  • immediately apply moisturizer and a full spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 protecting against UVA and UVB rays
  • wear full spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 protecting against UVA and UVB rays, every day on the treated area for at least 30 days (failure to do so can result in complications and skin damage)
  • avoid the sun as much as possible for the duration of the treatment plan as well as the next 30 days following the final IPL photofacial treatment
  • avoid applying foundation or powder makeup immediately after the treatment session, if possible
  • not take hot baths for 48 hours following treatment (hot showers not recommended either, hot water must not touch the treated area, warm showers are fine)
  • not engage in strenueous exercise that produces perspiration for 48 hours in order to avoid infection
  • not scratch or pick treated area to avoid infection
  • as with pre-treatment measures, avoid using any form of Vitamin A acid for the duration of the treatment plan, including retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha-hydroxy acids
  • as with pre-treatment measures, avoid using Accutane
  • moisturize frequently

Is there any downtime?

No. Unlike with most laser treatment, which often require a few days of recovery as a result of extreme redness, blistering and peeling, an IPL treatment requires no downtime, appearing in most cases as if one has just a slight sunburn or exercised on a cardio machine for an hour. You can book an appointment on your lunch break and go back to work right after, with colleagues none the wiser.

How many treatments are required to see results?

Anywhere from 2 to 6 treatments are recommended for optimal results, depending on the skin conditions being treated.

Is an IPL Photofacial safe?

Yes, it is. When performed correctly by a certified, experienced technician, IPL Photofacial therapy is both safe and effective.

As a professional skin-care clinic, we will not perform any procedures without first assessing: your complete medical history; your current health condition; and any potential you may have for complications. Additionally, we provide all clients with protective eyewear that must be worn during treatment.

Is it painful?

Most clients liken IPL to the gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin. Others experience it as a very short pinprick. While no anesthetic is required, we do cool the skin, which helps to minimize any discomfort.

How long is a typical treatment?

A typical treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Because there is little or no downtime, you can have an IPL Photofacial during your lunch break.

What are the benefits of IPL?

IPL Photofacial treatments require no anesthetic and they involve little or no downtime. As few as one or two treatments can reduce spots, smooth uneven pigmentation, help repair broken facial capillaries and veins, and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. Additional treatments will continue to improve tone, texture, and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen.

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