If you want to diminish visible damage to your skin caused by sun exposure or reduce pigmentation issues that appear as we age, such as burst capillaries, age spots and rosacea, then the IPL Photo Facial may be the right treatment for you.
An FDA-cleared treatment that efficiently reverses the signs of aging and undesirable pigmentation, the IPL Photo Facial can treat areas of uneven skin tone on your face, chest, arms, hands and back. Uneven skin tone and signs of sun damage can be reversed in as little as 1-2 treatments, leaving you with revitalized, even-toned skin. IPL Photo Facials are customized to treat your skin concerns and can be used in combination with other skin-retexturing treatments to achieve maximum results.
During an IPL Photo Facial, light is absorbed superficially into the skin. The treatment targets pigment-producing cells and problematic hemoglobin and destroys them, dispersing the pigmented, uneven areas on your skin. The pigmented spots are pulled to the surface of your skin, eventually disappearing, revealing a revitalized and even skin tone. In addition, the high-energy light helps stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production, creating a more youthful appearance.
Before the treatment begins, your medical provider applies a numbing cream to the treatment areas. A handheld device then produces light energy and is gently applied to the skin where the pulsed light is emitted. Since the light is bright, you are given a pair of protective glasses to wear during your treatment. After the treatment, the treated area is cleaned with a warm cloth and a light moisturizer and sunscreen are applied.
IPL Photo Facials are FDA-cleared, considered generally safe and do not produce any long-lasting side effects.
The IPL Photo Facial is not considered a laser treatment because it uses gentle pulses of light to reverse the signs of aging, not a laser.
Typically, appointments for an IPL Photo Facial are quick, taking approximately 20 minutes to an hour depending on the areas you are treating.
During your appointment, you may experience a mild snapping sensation from the pulsing light. Some patients also report feeling the sensation of a sunburn in the area being treated for a few hours to a few days after the treatment.
IPL Photo Facial treatments cannot be performed on skin that is tan or burned from sun exposure. Please avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds before the treatment. Self-tanner should not be used two weeks prior to your IPL Photo Facial treatment. Discontinue the use of any topical prescription medications (such as Retin-A, Triluma, Differin) five days before treatment. To achieve maximum results, your provider may recommend another resurfacing treatment, such as a chemical peel, dermaplaning or microneedling in conjunction with an IPL Photo Facial.
Dramatic results can be achieved in 2-3 treatments. However, very large or darker spots, heavily freckled areas, or excessively sun-damaged skin may require more treatments. Your IPL provider may also suggest follow-up appointments throughout the year to keep your results looking their best.
At first, the treated areas may darken, and the surrounding skin might be a little red which should subside in a couple of hours post-treatment. The darkened spots will fade and flake off in one to three weeks after treatment, giving way to a clearer complexion.
After your treatment, you can go back to normal activities. However, your skin may be sensitive to the sun, so we recommend avoiding exposure and wearing sunblock whenever you are outside (which is always a good idea) following the treatment.
Most clients see a significant improvement in their skin in two to three weeks following the treatment, with the skin gradually improving over time. The final result may take several months to achieve. You can look forward to your skin being smoother, brighter and more even toned.
One of the reasons clients love the IPL Photo Facial is that results are permanent! However, it’s important to know that your skin is always susceptible to sun damage, so continue using protective measures when outdoors.
If you are dealing with skin pigmentation caused by aging, sun exposure or broken capillaries, the IPL Photo Facial may be an effective solution for you. Patients that are tan or those with melasma (a condition where brown patches appear on the skin) may not be a good candidate. We recommend starting with a complimentary consultation to meet with an expert IPL provider. During this appointment we’ll review your medical history, talk about your concerns and discuss what type of results you can expect from the IPL Photo Facial treatment or a combination of our other services.