How does an IPL Photofacial work?
An IPL Photofacial works by sending multiple wavelengths of light through the outer layers of the skin to target pigment-producing cells below the surface. The light energy is converted to heat, which shatters the cells and disperses the pigmented spots. The dark areas are eventually pulled to the surface of the skin and flake off, revealing a gorgeous, smooth, and even skin tone underneath. An IPL Photofacial achieves all of this without damaging or even affecting the top layers of your skin, which means there’s no recovery or downtime following treatment. Most patients require three to five IPL Photofacial treatments to achieve the beautiful results they desire.
Who should consider an IPL Photofacial?
An IPL Photofacial is designed to treat wrinkles, freckles, dark spots, and other skin issues associated with sun damage. It’s also incredibly effective at treating the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Pigment in the blood absorbs light from the laser, destroying the capillaries that contribute to rosacea. Over three to four weeks, the body absorbs the capillaries, diminishing facial redness.
An IPL Photofacial can be performed nearly anywhere on the body to remove unwanted birthmarks and improve the appearance of spider veins. No matter what your skin concerns may be, it’s recommended to repeat IPL Photofacial treatments once every year to maintain your results.
An IPL Photofacial can drastically improve a wide variety of skin problems and conditions. However, the treatment isn’t for everyone. Those with a deep tan and people with dark skin tones should not receive IPL Photofacial treatments. Since the light waves are attracted to pigment, the treatment can cause discoloration and make dark spots darker in these individuals.
What to expect from an IPL Photofacial treatment
At your IPL Photofacial appointment, your skincare professional will have you lie down face up and thoroughly cleanse your skin. Then, he or she will apply a cool gel to the treatment area, which enhances the effect of the light waves. While the light waves are safe, we will provide you with protective eyewear at this time. After selecting a setting based on your skin type and color, your skincare professional will move a handheld laser device over your skin in a grid-like pattern, delivering precise pulses of light that target and destroy pigmented cells. The feeling of the light pulses is similar to that of a rubber band snap. Local anesthetic typically isn’t used, as the treatment is very tolerable.
After the session, your skincare professional will cleanse your skin again to remove the gel. Your skin will be slightly red and you may feel a slight burning sensation, similar to what you’d feel with a sunburn. However, there’s no downtime following an IPL Photofacial and you can return to work the next day. For the best results, stay out of the sun for at least a week and always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before you leave the house. Soon, you’ll notice wrinkles, dark spots, and redness vanish to reveal the beautiful complexion you’ve always wanted.