Heavy sun tanning and exposure to damaging environmental elements can cause progressive damage to your skin. These elements can cause your skin to look dull and older prematurely. Some of the signs of early skin damage include fine lines, wrinkles, brown pigmentation, large pores, redness, and uneven tones and textures. IPL photofacial light energy treatment covers the entire spectrum of cosmetic dermatology. Performed regularly throughout the year, it helps to slow down the effects of aging and make your skin smoother, more supple, and look younger-looking.
An IPL photofacial is an effective facial treatment used by anti-aging dermatologists and plastic surgeons. It stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is broad-spectrum light energy that is delivered directly to the outermost layer of your skin and transformed into heat energy.
This heat energy (heating) affects your skin in many positive ways to make it look and feel younger. For example, it stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, improves skin texture and tone, and it also constricts blood vessels to reduce the appearance of unwanted redness.
Medical-IPL is a potent broad-spectrum light energy that targets many of the vivid signs of (premature)aging on the skin. Some of the consequences of heavy sun exposure and harmful environmental elements include early visible changes such as fine lines, wrinkles, brown pigmentation spots, diffuse redness, uneven texture, large pores, and increasing laxity on your face,
IPL therapy is beneficial for almost the entire spectrum that covers cosmetic dermatology but is mostly recommended for those with milder signs of aging or for those looking to slow down the aging process. For more pressing concerns, it’s best to look at one of our powerful laser skin treatments.
IPL treatment can be performed on almost any part of the body but is most commonly used to treat the face, neck, chest, and hands. These areas are the most at risk due to their high exposure to the sun and the environment.
Since IPL therapy is a non-invasive, non-ablative(no tissue damage) treatment, the recovery is immediate. At most, you may feel a bit of warmth or tense sensation on the area treated immediately following the procedure, but this will quickly disappear after a few short hours. You can return to your daily activities right after the treatment. Just remember to avoid heavy sun exposure and use a strong UVA/UVB SPF sunscreen all the time! You can read more about our recommended skincare regimen and what our top pick sunscreens are here.
Having an IPL photofacial therapy is quick and easy. From start to finish, treatment of the entire face takes about 30 minutes. If you want to treat additional areas, the time may be longer.
Medical-IPL treatment is commonly performed over 6 sessions with at least a 1-week interval between sessions. This treatment regimen has several advantages vs. other laser treatments performed in one sitting. Regularly repeated treatment is recommended because the skin is constantly regenerating itself from the previous treatment results. Thus, each therapy session works at a deeper level with IPL energy penetrating more effectively each time.
Yes, IPL treatment can help fade hyperpigmentation in the skin by breaking it up and eliminating it from the body. The process works because the pigment absorbs the light/heat energy, which causes it to be destroyed and resorbed. However, since pigment can span different depths within the epidermis and dermis of the skin, multiple sessions may be needed to achieve maximum results. The deeper melanin will gradually ascend upwards after each successive treatment. For more severe cases of hyperpigmentation, you may wish to explore some of our other laser treatments.
Yes, IPL treatment can help with reducing rosacea with or without telangiectasia because, similarly, the heating effect of the light energy causes the destruction and resorption of small vessels in the skin. IPL is also useful in reducing acne as light energy also helps destroy the bacteria that cause acne.
There are relatively few risks involved with having an IPL photofacial treatment. After the procedure, there may be some redness, minor swelling, and capillaries that may appear to be more visible. These symptoms usually begin to disappear within a few hours of treatment.
IPL is not recommended for darker skin types or those with heavily suntanned skin.
Since IPL light energy penetrates deeply into the dermis of the skin, other skin treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion – that work primarily on the outermost layer of the epidermis – can be combined to produce maximum effects.