IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology improves the appearance of photoaged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, redness caused by broken capillaries and gives the skin a smoother, more even tone through a process called Photorejuvenation for the face and body. IPL "PhotoFacial" treatments help restore a more youthful and luminous appearance without downtime.
Do I have to miss work or scheduled social functions?
No. This procedure is a "no downtime" procedure meaning that you may return to all scheduled activities immediately.
What will my skin look like after the procedure has been done?
Your skin may look slightly flushed temporarily. This mild "glow" will usually not be noticed by other individuals. If you wish, you may apply powder or make-up right away.
How many treatments are required?
A series of five treatments is often recommended. Each treatment takes less than one hour to perform. Treatments are scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart.
How long do the results last?
The results achieved from the treatment series can be expected to last for possibly several years or longer. However, with the passage of time and with environmental exposure, skin ages as we do. IPL Photorejuvenation will provide benefits and significantly reverse many of the visible signs of sun-damaged skin. The improvement that has been achieved following a first series of five treatments can be maintained by occasional single maintenance treatments.
Individuals preparing to undergo an IPL treatment should:
Avoid going in the sun without SPF 30 sunscreen (must contain UVA and UVB filters) for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
Be sure treatment area is free of sunburn, suntan, herpes outbreak (cold sores), inflammatory acne and eczema.
Avoid over-the-counter blood-thinning agents for at least a week (Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve).
Stop using any form of Vitamin A acid for three days prior to and after treatments, including retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha-hydroxy acid.
Not be taking Accutane for at least 6 months.
Bring contact lens case and solution as you’ll be required to remove contact lenses before treatment.