What is an IPL Photofacial?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment in which intense pulses of broad-spectrum light are delivered to the skin to reduce redness, remove freckles and sun spots, and stimulate collagen growth. Overall, IPL helps clarify one’s complexion. IPL can give great results in just one treatment, but it can also be repeated as a series of treatments for cumulatively better results.
When should I schedule my IPL treatment?
IPL can be performed year-round, but you must not have a tan prior to IPL treatment or else treatment with IPL might result in uneven pigmentation of your skin.
You should not schedule your IPL treatment prior to going on a sunny vacation. Sun exposure is what causes redness and freckles in the first place.
What does an IPL treatment feel like?
It feels like a warm rubber band snap on the skin with a bright flash of light. You will wear special goggles to protect your eyes, and a cold gel will be applied to your skin during treatment to cool your skin. Also, ice cold air will be blown at the treatment area with our Zimmer Chiller device to make your treatment more comfortable. Ice packs are applied following treatment.
What can I expect after treatment?
Your skin may be pink and a little swollen immediately following treatment, and you may feel a sunburn sensation that lasts a few hours. The extent of this varies from person to person. Applying an ice pack to the treated areas helps decrease swelling. Brown spots that are treated will darken or appear like coffee grounds, and then take up to 2 weeks to peel off your skin. Blood vessels and background redness may take up to 4 weeks to disappear after IPL.
Do I need to take any precautions after my IPL treatment?
We recommend sun avoidance in addition to wearing daily sunscreen after your IPL treatment. If you are prone to cold sores please let us know so that we can prescribe an anti-viral medication when treating around the mouth.
How often can I get an IPL treatment done?
IPL treatments may be repeated every 4 weeks if so desired for cumulatively better results.