If you are concerned about the irregular pigmentation on your skin, or you don’t like the fine lines and wrinkles that are starting to appear, a IPL photofacial can put you on the path to better looking skin. IPL Photofacial is a gentle solution that can help you address signs of aging on the face and neck, as well as restore a radiant, glowing complexion.
What is A IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacial?
IPL Photofacial or IPL therapy is a procedure that uses intense low density light to rejuvenate the skin. IPL is a safe treatment that can restore the health and youthfulness of the skin. Unlike lasers that use a single wavelength, IPL uses a large spectrum of light to treat multiple structures in the skin. Treatment can be customized to suit the tone of your complexion, as well as your skin type.
What Can it Treat?
IPL fights sun damage, so it can reduce pigmented lesions such as age spots and sun spots. It also treats skin concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, coarse skin texture, facial redness, and spider veins. IPL therapy can be used on the face and neck, also, on the chest and hands. It generally takes 3 to 5 treatments to address skin issues, and sessions are spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
How Does it Work?
A cool gel is applied to the skin prior to treatment. The IPL device is then used to selectively target the damaged areas. The intense pulses pass through the outer epidermal layer of the skin and penetrate down to the inner dermis, to treat vascular and pigmented lesions. When treating vascular lesions such as facial veins or redness, the light pulses target the hemoglobin in the blood vessels. The heat damages the wall of the blood vessel and is then absorbed by the body. In the case of pigmentation issues, the quick pulses of light are absorbed by the melanin pigment in the skin, and are eventually broken down and destroyed. Those cells are ultimately replaced by newer, fresher ones.
The IPL device selectively targets the hemoglobin or melanin in the skin without affecting the surrounding tissue. The broadband light also stimulate cells that produce fresh collagen, which helps to accelerate skin repair. Collagen makes the skin plumper, firmer, and more refreshed. These improvements will continue in the following months, as new collagen forms.
What to Expect After Treatment
There is minimal discomfort after IPL photofacial treatment. Patients can expect to experience some minor redness and swelling, as well as a slight burning sensation. However, these side-effects generally resolve soon after treatment. Patients are advised to apply a sunscreen daily to calm and protect the skin. There is almost no downtime with IPL skin rejuvenation, so clients can quickly return to normal activities. IPL photofacial is therefore ideal for individuals with busy schedules.
How Long do The Results Last?
It is possible to maintain the results of your IPL photofacial for 1-2 years. However, it is also important to commit to a healthy lifestyle and a good at-home skin care program to achieve optimal benefits. Regular use of sunscreen is also recommended.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you have uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, and pigmented facial spots, you may be a good candidate for an IPL photofacial. It’s suitable for both men and women looking to revitalize their face, by reducing signs of aging or sun damage.
- IPL photofacial is an effective treatment for a range of skin issues, and it’s completely non-invasive so there is very little downtime.
- Pain is minimal and anesthesia is not required. Some patients say they feel a stinging sensation during treatment, while others compare it to having a rubber band snapped against the skin.
- Treatment only takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
If your face is dull and dry and is missing the youthful glow you once had, IPL photofacial may be the treatment you need to get it looking luminous again.