IPL Photofacial

What is an IPL photofacial?

An IPL photofacial is a gentle, state-of-the-art approach to making your skin look younger and smoother. The process treats the full face, neck, chest or hands, rather than simply one isolated area
or imperfection.

A series of IPL photofacial treatments can rejuvenate your complexion without downtime or a prolonged recovery process. And the process is easy to fit into your busy schedule—a full facial treatment can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

What does IPL stand for?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. This revolutionary facial treatment method is not a laser. Unlike lasers, which operate on one wavelength, IPL photofacials use a broad-spectrum light source called flashlight technology.

How does an IPL photofacial work?

An IPL photofacial uses double and triple pulses of light, depending on your skin type and condition. Using a broad spectrum of light produces a ripple effect that reaches several layers deep into the skin. The depth of this penetration, as well as the specific light wavelength, are carefully controlled. These light pulses not only

target superficial pigmentation or redness, but also penetrate to the collagen-stimulating layers of the skin.

Result: Your skin is stimulated to produce new collagen and connective tissue, giving your skin a younger, smoother appearance.

What can IPL photofacials treat?

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rosacea
  • Age spots (sun-induced freckles)
  • Most benign brown pigments
  • Dilated blood vessels
  • Redness caused by broken capillaries

Who is a good candidate for IPL photofacials?

If you have a light to medium complexion and want to remove hyperpigmentation – unusual darkening of the skin – caused by sun exposure, age or medication such as antibiotics, you are a very good candidate for IPL photofacials.

Who is NOT a good candidate for IPL photofacials?

If you have a darker complexion, you are more likely to suffer an adverse reaction from an IPL photofacial because of the greater amount of melanin in your skin.

How will your skin look right after an IPL photofacial?

Immediately after an IPL photofacial, your face will be moderately red — a condition known as erythema — and may feel warm to the touch, as after a minor sunburn. There may also be some slight swelling, or edema. These effects, which typically last for one to three hours after a facial, are normal. They are a sign that the intensity of the IPL is in the proper range to stimulate healing.

An ultrasound gel is used during the treatment to calm the skin, and a soothing aloe-based lotion is applied after an IPL photofacial, followed by a cold compress to quickly reduce redness. You should be able to return to work or social activities immediately.