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About IPL Photofacial

This non-surgical procedure directs short pulses of light energy (hence where the name derives) at the skin’s surface. The light targets and breaks down the skin’s darker pigments, making it an excellent solution for clients suffering from hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and more. IPL therapy is a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means it causes no harm to the skin’s surface because it only targets the lower layers of the skin. You may feel some warmth or tingling during the treatment for a few minutes.

IPL Photofacial Treats:

  • Sunspots and age spots
  • Redness and rosacea
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Acne and acne scars
  • Broken blood vessels and spider veins

The Complete IPL Photofacial Process

Preparation Guidelines:

  • Begin with a gentle face cleanse to remove makeup and impurities.
  • Minimize sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks prior.
  • Refrain from using self-tanning products.
  • Inform your provider of any medications that may increase photosensitivity.
  • If necessary, shave the treatment area a day before to avoid skin irritation.
  • Maintain good hydration levels for healthier skin.
  • Attend a consultation to discuss your expectations and any concerns.

The IPL Photofacial Session
During an IPL photofacial, you’ll wear protective eyewear while the provider applies a cool gel to the treatment area. A handheld device emits intense pulsed light in short bursts. You’ll feel a slight snapping or stinging sensation as the light targets specific pigments in your skin. This process stimulates collagen production and breaks down unwanted pigmentation. The entire procedure typically lasts 20-30 minutes, and you can return to your daily activities immediately afterward. Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Gently apply a cold compress to soothe any post-treatment redness or swelling.
  • Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin.
  • Steer clear of direct sunlight and tanning beds for a few weeks post-treatment.
  • Keep your skin well-hydrated with a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer.
  • Avoid harsh skincare products, exfoliants, or peels for a few days.
  • Drink plenty of water to aid in skin recovery.
  • Adhere to any specific instructions provided by your IPL provider.

The Recovery Process

After an IPL photofacial, you can expect a brief period of redness and mild swelling akin to a sunburn, which usually subsides within a day or two. Most people can resume their normal activities immediately. Over the next few weeks, you’ll notice a gradual improvement in your skin’s appearance as pigmented spots fade, redness diminishes, and collagen production increases. For optimal results, multiple sessions may be needed, and you’ll enjoy smoother, more even-toned skin with reduced imperfections.

Benefits of IPL Photofacial:

  • Non-invasive and relatively painless
  • Little to no downtime
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Suitable for various skin types and colors
  • Quick treatment sessions
  • Long-lasting results with proper maintenance

IPL Photofacial FAQs

What is the IPL treatment duration and downtime?

One IPL photofacial session typically takes between 30 and 90 minutes. Most patients tolerate it well, and there is little to no downtime. Nothing needs to be done before or after treatment except applying good sunscreen after treatment.

What are the typical results after an IPL treatment?

You will notice the dark spots gradually fade within the first 7-10 days of treatment. This is because the body takes some time to clear out the damaged cells. For photorejuvenation to be fully effective, you will need 4-6 IPL treatments at 3-4 week intervals. This also depends on the extent of skin damage or condition to be treated. You may require maintenance IPL treatments to continue experiencing the benefits of the treatment.

Who are the ideal candidates for IPL treatment?

IPL treats skin discoloration that may be due to broken capillaries, sunburns, and aging. This makes it a versatile option for any type of skin discoloration. IPL sessions are shorter and more comfortable than laser treatments for such candidates.

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Dr. Schalit is our experienced and board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon who oversees all IPL photofacial treatments. We invite you to take the next step towards achieving healthier, more radiant skin. Schedule a consultation to discuss your unique skincare goals, assess your suitability for IPL photofacial, and create a personalized treatment plan. Don’t miss this opportunity to revitalize your skin – contact us now to get started.

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