IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), also known as photofacials, are quickly becoming a favorite of celebrities as an all-natural way to maintain a beautiful, youthful glow year-round.
Photofacials are a great and safe way to treat pigmentation, sun spots, rosacea, broken capillaries, uneven skin tone/complexion and rough skin texture. It has been shown that women with uneven skin complexions can look years older than they are even if they are not showing other signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Are IPL Photofacials Right for Me?
Photorejuvenation (IPL – Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments are most commonly used for:
- Removing “sun spots,” “age spots” or “liver 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” capillaries on the face, neck, and chest.
- Helping to control flushing and redness due to Rosacea, Acne or other skin conditions.
- Improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness.
- Treating active acne lesions and helping prevent future breakouts. IPL acne treatments target and kill P. acnes, and may shrink the sebaceous glands, the AAD says.
The laser/IPL device emits a range of light waves that are then tuned and targeted, depending on the desired outcome, 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.
IPL photofacials are very comfortable for the most part. A slight “zap” may be felt as the laser passes over dark pigmentation or blood vessels, however, at Beautique Med Spa we only use the most up to date technology that includes a handpiece chilled to -8 degrees Celsius to ensure the patient has the most comfortable experience possible. No numbing or Anesthesia is required.
One of the things that make IPL Photofacials such a popular treatment is that there is very little to no downtime after the procedure. Many patients consider this a “lunchtime” procedure and can easily return to their daily activities after treatment.
Results are noticeable with just 1 or 2 treatments but anywhere from 3-6 treatments may be required for optimal results.
Currently, IPL photofacials are only suited for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. Patients are required to stay out of the sun for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to treatment and use sunblock diligently. A fresh active tan or sunburn would require you to wait a minimum of 1 month before treatment. Pregnant women are advised to speak with their physician before starting treatment. Please advise your medical aesthetician of any medical conditions and medications you may be taking.
Following treatment, most patients can return to their daily activities immediately. Depending on the target of the treatment some patients may experience these normal outcomes: Slight Redness- This slight redness is usually resolved in just a few hours and can be easily covered with makeup. It is most common in patients being treated for rosacea, broken capillaries or flushing. Darkening of pigmentation- Patients being treated for hyperpigmentation (sun spots) will expect pigmented areas to darken following treatment until they flake off 3-5 days later leaving you with a more even complexion – this is a normal outcome, and the darkening pigmentation can be covered with makeup immediately following treatment if needed.