What is IPL Photofacial?
A IPL Photofacial is a type of skin treatment that uses light to rejuvenate and repair damaged skin. IPL Photofacials involve using a very strong light source, called an Intense Pulse Light (IPL), to heat the skin and, in turn, stimulate healing of the skin.
Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest
Helping to control flushing
It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness
How does the IPL treatment improve the appearance of blood vessels, rosacea, and age spots/freckles?
The laser/IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
How long does it take for laser photorejuvenation treatments to work?
Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.
How long do results from IPL Photofacials last?
IPL Photofacial results may persist indefinitely if proper sun protection is applied. Many clients feel that their Photofacial treatments benefit from yearly maintenance.
What will I look like right after the IPL treatment, and what is the healing time?
For veins, generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for two to five days. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently. Rarely, there is bruising, which can take 1-2 weeks to resolve.
For freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and will generally be resolving at one month. Remember, it takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear age spots.
What should I do prior to my photorejuvenation treatment?
For 2-4 weeks before your treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun.
You may be asked to discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova several days prior to each treatment.
You may be asked to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment unless medically indicated to help prevent bruising.
Protect your improved skin with sunscreen every morning. Hats and sunglasses are also good protection from the sun.
What to do after a photofacial?
Wear sunscreen. You will learn during cosmetic laser training that the skin becomes sensitive – even during the winter months. It’s important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) daily to protect the skin from the sun’s rays.
Let the treated area breathe. As the skin begins to heal, pigments from sun spots and freckles will rise to the surface and become rough. It’s important to leave the treated area alone and let the healing process continue naturally.
Use gentle cleansers. Harsh products could potentially irritate the skin and interrupt the healing process. Clients should use gentle cleansers and scentless creams while the skin continues to heal