After a series of eight treatments.
Many of us want to reverse the damage caused by hours spent outdoors while enjoying the sun. An intense pulsed light (IPL) procedure can help your skin look more youthful and radiant.
Sun damage is a cumulative process and often appears many years after your golden tans and/or painful sunburns fade. From a cosmetic standpoint, sun damage appears on in the skin as wrinkles, brown spots, and visible, tiny blood vessels (called “telangiectasias”).
If you have red or darker discolored patches of skin as a result of acne scars, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, birthmarks, or brown spots, then IPL treatments may be an ideal solution for you. IPL stands for ‘Intense Pulsed Light” and is also sometimes referred to as a “Photofacial”.
Regardless of the cause of your pigment discolorations, they can be a source of embarrassment and affect your self-confidence. IPL Photofacial treatments take only a few minutes, and a series of them can make a huge difference in correcting discolored pigmentation to give you clear skin.
What is IPL Photofacial used for?
IPL Treatments, or Photofacials, help reduce or eliminate the following:
- Age and sun spots
- Acne scars
- Brown skin spots
- Rosacea and other skin redness
- Varicose veins
- Hyper-pigmented areas
- Broken capillaries
How does IPL work?
During an IPL treatment, specific wavelengths of light are used to target brown. Similarly, the IPL uses additional wavelengths of light to specifically target the hemoglobin (red pigment in red blood cells) that are in “broken capillaries” or “telangiectasias”.
The IPL system specifically targets discolored pigment in the skin at a deep level, to treat the problem at its source. It uses short, controlled light pulses to target specific areas without overexposing your skin to high-intensity light energy. The light disintegrates the targeted accumulation of dead, damaged cells allowing for new skin cells to generate. The length of the wavelength can be changed depending on the depth necessary to fully penetrate the area of concern.
IPL laser treatments result in gradual changes over the course of several treatments. The total number of IPL treatments you may need for optimal results can vary depending upon your skin condition (what we are treating and targeting), its severity, and the location on the body being treated. On average, we recommend 4-6 IPL treatments scheduled at 3-week intervals; however, your plan will be tailor-made to address your specific areas of concern. With good protection from the sun, results can last for up to one year.
Prior to your appointment avoid over-exposure to the sun.
During your IPL photofacial you’ll lie on the treatment table wearing protective goggles. We’ll apply a cool gel, which acts as a conductor for the laser, the laser head glides over the skin’s surface to deliver light energy to skin in short pulses. The entire procedure lasts from 20 minutes to one hour (depending on the number of areas treated), and there are no injections or chemicals involved.
No anesthesia is needed, there is minimal downtime. You can go back to work, exercise, or whatever you would normally do later that day.
After your photofacial
Avoid exposing the treated areas to UV rays until the skin has healed fully. If the sun cannot be avoided, then be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher.
IPL technology is one of the safest laser treatments available. Although it is uncommon, some patients experience a slight stinging sensation immediately after the treatment, along with possible skin irritation or redness. These effects are not dangerous and usually disappear within a few hours. The photofacial is an easy treatment and can be done over your lunch hour without affecting your daily activities!
Please contact Skinperfect for your complimentary consultation and for service estimates to achieve your desired results!