IPL Photofacials: The New Trend You HAVE To Try

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With one simple procedure you could rid your skin of the effects of sun damage, discoloration, rosacea and more. Who doesn’t want that? More specifically, we’re talking about Intense Pulse Light or IPL photofacials. This emerging trend is gaining steam to become one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the country. You can transform aging, blotchy skin with just a few minutes, and here’s how! 

What is a photofacial?

A photofacial is a relatively simple 30-minute procedure that uses pulses of light to penetrate deep into the furthest layers of the skin. Intense Pulsed Light is radiated into the skin and effectively targets pigment-producing cells below the surface. The light passes through draws forward the pigment-producing cells by causing blood vessels below the skin to constrict and lessen the appearance of lines and redness. IPL treatment can be used on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, arms and legs and more.

What Does IPL Photofacial Treat?

  • Brown and red spots

  • Freckles

  • Discoloration or issues with pigmentation

  • Spider veins

  • Sun damage

  • Overall redness

  • Rosacea (enlarged blood vessels in the face)

How many treatments do I need?

Depending on the person, you will need anywhere from 3-5 treatments to achieve the optimal skin you’ve been dreaming about. And appointments for your photo facial should be spaced 3-5 weeks apart.  

Is a photo facial painful?

It’s not necessarily considered painful, but the procedure can be a bit uncomfortable. Most patients liken the sensation to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your skin. Not overly painful, but not necessarily the best feeling in the world.

Who is a good candidate for photofacials?

People who have blotchy or discolored skin, damaged by sun or age could benefit from a photofacial. People with lighter, untanned skin that is still somewhat elastic are the best candidates for an photofacial. People with naturally darker skin may not see as much of a difference or could even experience adverse side effects such as discoloration from a photofacial, due to differences in melanin production.

How long does it take for recovery?

The recovery time for this procedure is short compared to other similar procedures or perhaps more invasive procedures. You may experience some persistent redness following the procedure, and the duration can vary from person to person, but it should eventually disappear. For some people the redness subsides after a few hours, for others it may take upwards of a week. The most important thing is to remember to avoid the sun for a few weeks after the procedure. 

If an IPL photofacial sounds like something you’d be interested in trying for softer, more radiant and blemish-free skin, set up your consultation today!