Intense pulsed light (IPL), also known as IPL, IPL photorejuvenation, and IPL photofacial, is laser-like therapy that utilizes a pulsed, broad-band light to treat skin color variations. During an IPL photofacial, the light is absorbed by the skin and heats the hemoglobin, or red blood cells, and melanin, or dark pigments in the skin. This causes capillary blood vessels to constrict and alters the chemical composition of melanin so that it becomes rejected by the body. Essentially, the body now views the melanin as damaged tissue in need of repair, so it stimulates the production of skin-repairing cells to reduce redness, brown spots, and other pigmentation issues.
Did You Know?
IPL photofacials offer an effective treatment for skin pigmentation issues that offers quicker treatments, fewer side effects, and a faster recovery than other cosmetic skin treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for an IPL photofacial?
You may be a candidate for an IPL photofacial if you have skin pigment variations on your face, neck, decollete (the area exposed when wearing a low neckline), shoulders, back, arms, or hands. IPL is especially effective in treating skin pigment variations such as redness, visible pores, broken capillaries, aged skin, damaged skin, brown spots, age spots, freckles, or hyperpigmentation. IPL photofacials are even gentle enough to treat rosacea.
What can I expect when receiving an IPL photofacial?
When receiving an IPL photofacial or treatment, you can expect to wear protective eyewear and have a numbing gel applied to the treatment area. Then, a handpiece will be moved over the designated area and your skin will be exposed to small pulses of light. During this procedure, you may feel your skin becoming warm, as well as a rubber-band snapping sensation. This is normal and we take special precautions to prevent your skin from burning. However, if you are exceedingly uncomfortable, we can provide you with an ice pack to alleviate any discomfort. The entire treatment usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
After your treatment, you may notice results about an hour after, however it can take up to two weeks to see the final results. Depending on your skin and treatment goals, you may need to have about 1-3 treatments spaced at least one month apart.
Are IPL photofacials safe?
Yes, the light used during IPL is directly absorbed by the dermis, or second layer of skin, and will not harm the epidermis, or outermost layer.
However, like any medical treatment, there may be some possible side effects. These side effects are usually minor and can include: redness, swelling, bruising, blistering, changes in skin color, or possible infection.