About IPL Photofacial
IPL is used to treat brown spots, age spots, sun damage, spider veins and rosacea.
What To Expect During an IPL/Photofacial Treatment
The area being treated is thoroughly cleansed. Thereafter, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area for 20 – 40 minutes. The numbing cream is then removed and a cool gel is applied. Sometimes during treatment, an air cooling system is used to increase patient comfort. Pulses of light energy are delivered to the targeted area. Patients describe the sensation as similar to a rubber band snap. Once the IPL/Photofacial treatment is completed, the gel is removed, and a moisturizer and sunscreen are applied. An IPL/Photofacial treatment takes 30 – 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How Many IPL/Photofacial Treatments Are Required
For optimal results, a series of 3 – 5 treatments are usually required. The treatments are 3 – 4 weeks apart. To maintain the results, followup treatments may be given once a year.
We ask that our patients stop using retinoids 2 days prior to treatment with IPL/Photofacial and that they have no suntan or artificial color on their skin. Your skin must be as close to it’s natural shade as possible prior to each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly will depend on your skin type. Self-tanning must be discontinued two weeks prior to each treatment.
IPL does not damage the skin 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. Makeup may also be applied. 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.