What is IPL, PhotoFacial & Skin Rejuvenation?

Facial Rejuvenation, commonly referred to as IPL or Photofacial

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based device used to treat sun damage small veins and fine lines/texture. “Photofacial” is the term used for the treatment itself. A photofacial is the process of removing sun damage, fine lines and/or facial redness with the IPL.

Our IPL system can perform many functions. The first treatment we will be discussing is age spots, sun damage and skin discoloration.

Sun damage is can cause irregular brown and red discoloration of the skin. These sun spots and broken capillaries of the skin can make the skin look weathered, and old. IPL can reduce and in some cases even eliminate these discolorations and makes the skin tone more even and bright. It works by heating up the structures that hold the color, also known as pigment, and damaging or destroying the blood vessel or “sun spot”. This process is called Selective Photo Thermal Lysis.
By using a range of wavelengths of light the IPL can target brown and red discoloration. Filters are used to cut off wavelengths of light that could be harmful to the skin. IPL works the best on fair to light colored people who have age spots, sun damage, freckles, or discoloration on the hands, face, chest and neck.

Many people ask what it feels like. The treatment takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes, depending on the area(s) you would like treated. We apply a topical gel, generally odorless, colorless ultra sound gel that acts as a conduit for the light. You will be given protective eyewear, and we will have you lie down, and relax. We will be in constant communication with you, and be sure to keep you at a level you are comfortable with. It is not painful, many people describe the procedure as a light vibrating sensation, and for those who have a higher pain tolerance, we are able to go up to a higher level, it can be described as a tiny bee sting. Remember, we will not go higher than what you can handle.

The light output from the IPL contains no harmful ultraviolet light and therefore is non-mutagenic. It utilizes absorption physics to thermally destroy the unwanted target and your body will replace the damaged target with new cells.

After a procedure, you may see the area treated become darker, and “rise” above the skin. The procedure is working at a cellular level and working from the inside out. The color is essentially rising from inside out and will flake off your skin leaving you with rejuvenated and more even skin tone. It is important to not pick or rub the area, it is delicate skin and irritating it can cause scarring or discoloration.

The procedure can take 3-4 treatments to be fully effective. There is no down time, you could do this on your lunch break and be back to work without anyone knowing what you had done.

Many people will see results with the first treatment, though we recommend at least 3 to get the most significant results.

Post care. It is essential that you stay out of the sun after an IPL treatment, and to avoid being in the sun for extended periods of time whenever possible. Sunscreen or sunblock are vital in protecting your skin. Remember, sunscreen provides a screen from the sun where UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Sun block acts as a barrier and UV rays are unable to penetrate. We will get you started with the IPL, but it is up to you to maintain the results by using sunscreen and protecting your skin.

 

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Before and After IPL Photo Rejuvenation Photos

IPL Questions and Answers

Here are some Q and A we have been asked in regard to IPL.

Are fotofacial, photofacial, and photorejuvenation the same thing?

Yes. These terms all refer to facial treatment based upon a common principle: heating and stimulating the dermis (the inner layer of the skin) while cooling and protecting the epidermis (the outer layer). There are a wide variety of technologies and procedures available for this type of treatment, however, and each works in a slightly different way.

Is IPL Safe?

IPLTM photorejuvenation is one of the safest light-based facial treatments available. Most patients experience little or no pain during the procedure. Some patients have reported that the light pulses feel similar to a light “snap” from a rubber band. There have been few reported long-term side effects ofIPLphotorejuvenation, and the most common side effects – redness, minor swelling, and inflammation – usually go away within a few hours to a few days after treatment.

What results can I expect after IPL treatment?

Immediately after your treatment, your face will appear slightly red or flushed, but this is completely normal. It will take several hours to a day or so for the treatment’s results to become noticeable. The redness will fade, and you will see improvements more and more. Depending on the condition you are treating, your experience will differ. For example, if you are treating acne withIPLphotorejuvenation, your skin may remain red for several days before you notice an improvement. If you are seeking to stimulate collagen growth, the redness may disappear sooner, and you will begin to see a smoother skin texture within a few days.

What is the average cost of IPL treatment?

IPL photorejuvenation cost usually runs between $300 and $600 per treatment. However, the exact amount varies depending on the area of the country in which the treatment is performed.

Are there side effects associated with IPL photorejuvenation?

Most reported side effects of IPLphotorejuvenation are mild and resolve themselves within a few hours or days of treatment. The most common side effect is facial redness or flushing. Small capillaries may appear larger immediately following treatment as well – but don’t worry; this is common and will fade quickly. In rarer instances, mild bruising and swelling may occur, but this too will go away within a day or so. Permanent side effects from photo rejuvenation are extremely rare. Learn more about the risks of intense pulsed light therapy.

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