What is the IPL Photofacial Treatment?
Intense pulsed light technology is a revolutionary skin rejuvenation treatment that uses light pulses to target vascular and pigmented lesions and other areas of concern. IPL is a superior non-invasive treatment to help with anti-aging and improve the color and texture of skin.
The use of intense pulsed light in various wavelengths can stimulate collagen production in the skin and improve the activity of blood vessels. When appropriately applied, IPL therapy produces long-lasting results and enhances the skin's appearance, treating wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, redness, sun damage, and rough texture.
Intense pulsed light therapy has minimal discomfort, although some patients experience slight tingling like the snapping of a rubber band or warmth during their sessions. There is minimal downtime, allowing clients to continue with their normal activities after each treatment. The most common side effect of IPL treatment is skin redness in the treated area, which usually subsides within 24-48 hours after the procedure.
One of the most appealing benefits of an IPL treatment is your complexion will even skin tone and make it brighter. But its benefits don’t stop there because this treatment can also:
Improve skin tone and texture.
Improve the appearance of redness from acne scars
Diminish age and sun spots (skin discoloration)
Stimulate collagen production
Help combat flushing and generalized redness
What Does an Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Do?
The IPL treatment is an excellent way to revitalize the skin with light energy. It works by targeting melanin, a significant component of the epidermis. It emits various wavelengths of light that penetrate deep into these structures to stimulate collagen production. This creates a more even skin tone and diminishes redness from blemishes.
IPL treatment is non-invasive with slight discomfort, making it suitable for people hesitant about receiving laser treatments. We recommend a minimum of 1 or 2 intense pulsed light treatment sessions for optimal results, but more may be needed depending on the patient’s individual goals and how they respond to this cosmetic procedure. Consecutive treatment sessions are spaced about four weeks apart for best results. It really depends on the condition of the client's skin to begin with. IPL Therapy vs. Traditional Laser Therapy IPL pre and post sun spots on face
In contrast to traditional laser treatment, intense pulsed laser outcomes are not based on the effect of a specific wavelength, as the IPL device works with a spectrum of different wavelengths. The light waves emitted by IPL devices are designed to target the hemoglobin, the red blood cells in the blood vessels, or melanin, the brown pigment in freckles and age spots.
The main difference between IPL and laser treatments is the type of light used. IPL is a non-ablative cosmetic procedure that uses visible to infrared full spectrum light to treat different skin issues. These treatments are usually safe on skin types 1 through 4.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for IPL skin treatments are those with light to medium skin tones. Those with dark skin tones are not ideal for this procedure because of their naturally higher levels of melanin. IPL done on darker skin can cause increased pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) or adverse effects such as burns.
IPL face treatments should not be performed on individuals with specific conditions such as active cold sores, a recent history of herpes or Keloid scarring, lupus, porphyria, or vitiligo.
Patients with a heart condition, suffering from MS, or taking medications that affect the central nervous system must not have this treatment.
Pregnant women trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding The treatment increases photosensitivity by 20%, so you must avoid sun exposure for at least 1-week pre-treatment and 30 days after
You can expect to see some mild dryness or peeling on the treatment area for one or two weeks due to apoptosis (a natural cell death process) of the surface layer of skin cells, which helps new cells arise from below, resulting in a more refined texture and a brighter complexion.
You should avoid exercising for about 48 hours following your treatment, as strenuous physical activity may cause you to sweat, and the combination of heat, moisture, and loose clothing could potentially inhibit proper healing.
Protect your skin from sunlight (even after your treatment is complete) since this can impact the results or accelerate any pre-existing sun damage. You should wear protective SPF 30 sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days, as daily exposure to UV rays are unavoidable without protection.
To achieve the best results from your IPL photo facial treatments, make sure to adhere to the post-treatment instructions provided.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about this topic, don't hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
IPL Combined with Another Cosmetic Procedure
Intense pulsed light by itself alone is great for improving the tone and texture of the skin. When combined with other procedures such as Radio Frequency Micro Needling, HIFU skin lifting, or chemical peels you'll get optimal results. You will benefit from improved radiance, skin tone, collagen stimulation, and overall facial rejuvenation.
What parts of the body can be treated with IPL?
Most clients want their face, décolleté and the back of their hands done. However, IPL can be used on most parts of the face and body. The eye lid and directly under the eye should be avoided.
Do I need to wear sunscreen during treatment, and for how long after?
YES! It is imperative to use a sunscreen that has a SPF 30 with UVA and UVB protection before, during, and after treatments. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin care regimen and applied in the morning and reapplied every few hours for the day.
Will the IPL remove or shrink any existing moles?
Moles are not affected by this procedure because they are located deep beneath the surface of your skin, where they will not be affected by intense pulsed light energy.
Is redness normal after my IPL treatment?
Some redness in the treatment area is common. This redness usually subsides within 24 hours but can linger for up to one week after each session on the face and it can be a few weeks on the décolleté area . If redness persists longer than one week, please let us know an intensity adjustment may be required for future sessions.
How soon will I see the results?
You should start seeing significant results after 1-2 sessions but you may notice some improvement right away.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the patient, their current skin condition, unique needs and goals. A series of 1-3 treatments four weeks apart is a good starting point for new clients who have never had treatments to the skin. Some clients need additional treatments and may require one to two yearly maintenance sessions.