About IPL Photofacial

IPL treats brown spots, age spots, sun damage, spider veins, and rosacea.

What To Expect During an IPL/Photofacial Treatment

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Innovative Aesthetics offers IPL Photofacial in Denver, CO. We cleanse the area that is being treated thoroughly. Thereafter, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area for 20-40 minutes. Then, we remove the numbing cream and apply a cool gel. Sometimes during treatment, we use an air cooling system to increase patient comfort. Pulses of light energy are delivered to the treatment area. Patients often describe the feeling as similar to a rubber band snap.

Once the IPL/Photofacial treatment is complete, we remove the gel and apply moisturizer and sunscreen. Usually IPL/Photofacial treatments take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on which area of the body is being treated.

How Many IPL/Photofacial Treatments Are Required

For optimal results, a series of 3–5 treatments are usually required, and are 3-4 weeks apart. To maintain the results, follow up treatments may be given once a year.

Pre-Treatment Care

We ask that our patients stop using retinoids 2 days prior to treatment with IPL/Photofacial, as well as having no suntan or artificial color on their skin. Your skin must be as close to its natural shade as possible prior to each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly depends on your skin type. Self-tanning must be discontinued two weeks prior to each treatment.

Post-Treatment Care

IPL does not damage the skin’s surface, unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. However, for about 5 days after an IPL/Photofacial treatment, avoid retinoids, glycolics, exfoliators, or any other topical skin care product which may irritate the skin. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen during this time. You may also apply makeup. A good home skincare routine, as well as the daily use of sunscreen, is important to maintaining the results of this treatment. We can help you determine what is right for your skin.

Possible Side Effects of an Application an IPL Photofacial

Immediately following treatment, the skin usually appears red. Brown pigmented spots darken, and capillaries are more visible. The lesions will continue to darken until they flake off or are absorbed by the body. In rare instances, swelling, bruising and/or blistering may occur.

Before and After IPL Photofacial

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