IPL & Photo Facials
Intense Pulsed Light
WHAT IS INTENSE PULSED LIGHT ALSO KNOWN AS IPL?
IPL Treatment Process
3-4 Weeks Before Treatment
LET US KNOW
2-3 Weeks Before Treatment
NO SPRAY TANS OR SELF TANNING LOTIONS
Do not use spray or self-tanners before treatment. If you have some residual effects from a product, thoroughly cleanse the area to be treated by IPL with an abrasive or exfoliating-type scrub.
2 Weeks Before Procedure
WHAT TO AVOID
Discontinue use of products containing hydroquinone, bleaching creams, Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, or chemical peels. If you’re taking any antibiotics, it’s best to schedule your treatment at least 2-weeks after its completion.
1-Day Before Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
24-Hours After Procedure
24-48 Hours After Procedure
48 Hours After Procedure
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
48-72 Hours After Procedure
YOUR SPOTS MAY SPECKLE
4-6 Weeks Post IPL
TA-DA! AMAZING SKIN
WHAT HAPPENS WITH AN IPL PROCEDURE?
What IPL Can Do
IPL Treatment Cost
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Zones
LEGSSoften or remove birthmarks, brown spots, discoloration, freckles, scars, spider veins, and broken blood vessels. 1 of 8
FACELighten or erase age spots, discoloration, fine wrinkles, freckles, redness from rosacea, broken blood vessels, birthmarks, and acne scars. 2 of 8
CHESTLighten or erase age spots, discoloration, fine wrinkles, freckles, and birthmarks. 3 of 8
NECKSoften or eliminate age spots, discoloration, fine wrinkles, freckles, birthmarks, and more. 4 of 8
TORSOSoften or remove birthmarks, brown spots, discoloration, freckles, scars, spider veins, and broken blood vessels. 5 of 8
HANDSSoften or erase sun damage, discolored skin, freckles, scars, age spots, and birthmarks. 6 of 8
ARMSLessen or remove birthmarks, brown spots, discoloration, freckles, and scars. 7 of 8
FEETDiminish or eradicate sun damage, discolored skin, freckles, scars, age spots, and birthmarks. 8 of 8
IPL Treatment FAQ
What is IPL
IPL or “Intense Pulsed Light” is a minimally invasive cosmetic skin treatment that uses powerful flashes of light to decrease the appearance of skin imperfections.
Based on a patient’s sensitivity to discomfort, your clinician may choose to apply a topical anesthetic. After numbing cream has taken effect, the treatment area will be covered with a cooling and coupling gel. The IPL technician will then trigger flashes of light carefully across the treatment zone.
Some patients report some slight discomfort. Generally, most people tolerate this sensation very well. For our more sensitive patients, we can apply a topical numbing cream.
Intense Pulsed Light Photofacials treat a host of minor skin imperfections. Imperfections like sun damage, skin discoloration, rosacea, brown spots, acne scars, and vascular lesions.
A high-intensity light is focused on the skin’s surface located in the face or neck region to improve skin tone and texture. IPL procedures target vascular irregularities and pigmentation, leaving patients with younger, healthier-looking skin.
Yes! When performed by an experienced licensed clinician, there is little to no safety concerns to worry about. During your consultation, we will not only cover your goals but will review your medical history to make sure IPL is right for you.
IPL Photofacials are pretty quick and last somewhere between 20 and 45 minutes. If you require numbing cream, the procedure may take a little longer.
Desired results are typically achieved in three to six treatments. IPL Photofacial procedures should be spaced at least one month apart.
IPL procedures are excellent for anyone interested in improving the signs of aging. Photofacials use deep-penetrating light to stimulate collagen growth and can be used on any skin type or tone. IPL will improve fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation issues, vascular rosacea, brown spots, acne scars, vascular lesions, and sun damage.
Be sure to stay out of the sun at least two weeks prior to treatment, apply sunblock with SPF 30 or more, and wear a hat when outdoors. One week before treatment, discontinue the use of any lotions, sunscreens, or moisturizers.
IPL Photofacials tend to be more expensive than treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion but less expensive than laser treatments. Because the severity of each person’s skin issue is different, there is no set time or price on IPL treatments. During your IPL Photofacial consultation, we will go over the cost related to your needs.
IPL Photofacials are extremely popular for the very fact that you are unlikely to experience any downtime. You might experiences some bumps or appear if you have a mild sunburn, but that doesn’t seem to keep our clients from setting appointments over their lunch breaks.
Immediately apply a moisturizer with full-spectrum sun protection post-procedure. For the next 30 days, avoid the sun as much as possible and use a full-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or more to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays. For the initial 48 hours following your procedure, reframe from applying makeup and bathing (showers count as bathing). To avoid skin irritation and possible infection, do not pick or scratch the treatment area. Make sure to moisturize frequently and avoid bathing in hot water. Avoid any products containing forms of vitamin A acids like retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A), and alpha-hydroxy acids. Do not use Accutane while over the course of treatment and thirty days after.
After your first IPL treatment, you will begin to notice smoother, tighter skin and pores will start to shrink. Hyperpigmented skin will become darker and quickly begin to shed away, leaving your skin with an improved tone. As collagen growth increases, fine lines and wrinkles will decrease. Each successive treatment will bring more and more improvements to your overall complexion.
The first thing to know is that IPL treatments use high-powered full-spectrum light while fractional treatments use an actual laser. Both target the same types of skin conditions, but fractional lasers provide more power and precision. Fractional Laser Resurfacing will require some downtime while you can typically return to your routine after IPL.
IPL treatments are very safe but can irritate your skin. It is not uncommon for clients to encounter some small raised bumps and redness post-treatment. These symptoms will subside over the next few days.
Our computer-controlled systems make it very difficult to cause harm. But it is essential always to make sure wherever you receive treatments that your clinician is certified and licensed to perform IPL Photofacials.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any long-term studies of women undergoing IPL Photofacial treatments at this time. We think it’s best to err on the side of caution and ask that you reframe from setting an appointment until after childbirth. Over pregnancy, your body will be pumping with a host of positive growth hormones that will likely make your friends jealous anyway.
You should not have IPL if you have recently experienced a sunburn, have tanned, have active inflammatory acne, eczema, or dermatitis. People using photosensitizing or diabetes medications, Accutane, vitamin A acid-based products like retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin, and alpha-hydroxy acids are also not candidates for IPL. Individuals using St. John’s Wort or blood-thinners like Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve cannot have IPL treatments. If you have an active herpes outbreak or infection, you will need to wait until the issues have been resolved. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from seizures, cancer, lupus, you shouldn’t seek IPL procedures. IPL treatments should be avoided; you have a history of keloid scarring, hypopigmentation issues, or sensitive darker skin.
Before & After IPL Treatments
Intense pulsed light, also known as IPL, IPL photorejuvenation, or IPL photofacial, is a great cosmetic procedure for skin conditions like pigmentation (brown spots, age spots, or liver spots) often associated with sun damage or hormonal changes; rosacea; vascular redness; birthmarks; broken capillaries; spider veins or thread veins on the face; fine lines; and wrinkles. IPL is commonly used on the face, but treatment for skin discoloration can also be used on the chest, neck, and hands. Unfortunately, IPL is not effective on melasma and can exacerbate the hypopigmentation (patches of skin that are lighter than your overall skin tone). If you have melasma issues, we have a combination of non-inflammatory therapies and skin lightening creams that do not cause trauma to the skin.