Intense Pulsed Light / Photofacial
Get back your beautiful skin! Find out the solutions for wrinkles, brown spots, acne scarring, rosacea, sun damage, and much more…
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / Photofacial treatment?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, aka Photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure -- called photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest.
IPL may help if you have red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition.
How Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / Photofacial treatment works?
IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin. Specialized pulses of optimized light are used to target brown spots, sun damage and vessels without harming the surrounding skin. These imperfections absorb the energy delivered to your skin causing them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.
When the skin is heated, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of the thing you’re being treated for. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.
After IPL, you may look younger because your skin tone is more even. And since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue, you can get better quickly.
Who Should Get IPL Treatment?
It works best if you have pale or light brown skin. Talk to your dermatologist if you want to lessen or get rid of:
Liver or age spots
Broken blood vessels
Brown spots, also called liver or age spots
Dark spots from hormonal changes
Redness from rosacea
Surgical and Acne scars
Who Shouldn’t Get IPL Treatment?
Talk to your doctor first if you:
IPL isn’t a good idea if you:
Are sensitive to light
Have recently tanned your skin using sunlight, tanning beds, or tanning creams
Might have skin cancer
Use a retinoid cream
Are very dark-skinned
Have a skin resurfacing disorder
Have severe scarring
Have keloid scar tissue
What type of result can I expect?
You can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of brown spots, sun damage and vessels for a more even skin tone. You will see a continued improvement over the first 6 weeks after your treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated, the sessions could range anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
What does the treatment feel like?
Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band followed by warmth of your skin. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece glides over the treatment area to help in providing a comfortable session.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the condition being treated, 1-3 treatment sessions are recommended for desired results.
How far apart are treatment sessions?
Treatment sessions should be scheduled 3-4 weeks apart.
How much does the treatment cost?
Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated.
How quickly will I recover?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you during the consultation.