An IPL Photofacial is a treatment that rejuvenates the skin by sending broadband light through it. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. The IPL device sends intense light to the dermis or deeper layer of the skin while leaving the epidermis untouched. It is used to treat rosacea or skin damaged by the sun, and it can reduce blemishes like age spots or large pores. IPL photofacials can be applied to the face, neck, and hands.
Before undergoing treatment, the patient will be asked to avoid tanners and excess sun for two to four weeks. They will also be asked to avoid or stop taking medications like aspirin and ibuprofen a week before treatment to prevent bruising. The doctor may also ask the patient to stop taking Retin-A/Renova, doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline a few days before the treatment.
On the day of the photofacial, a member of our team applies a cool gel to the treatment area and then aims a pulse of light at it. The patient typically does not need local anesthetic, but they are given some kind of eye protection like eye pads or dark glasses. The patient may experience some redness and discomfort as if they had a sunburn, and they can go about their business immediately after the treatment. There is no need to rest or take time off. Patients should, however, avoid the sun and wear sunscreen when outside.
When treating rosacea, the doctor aims the light waves at the red blood cells in blood vessels. The beam of light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the red blood cells. The light damages the blood vessels, which are then absorbed by the body and thus become less visible. After the treatment, the treatment provider wipes off the gel, cleans the area, and applies a moisturizer with sunscreen. If the patient is experiencing mild swelling, we will get them an ice pack to use for five or ten minutes.
Most patients are recommended to undergo three or four treatments to achieve full results. Each treatment lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is administered once every three or four weeks. The results last from anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on how careful the patient is about sun exposure and how scrupulous they are in applying sun screen when outside.
Most people will start to see results after the first or second treatment. Their skin will look and feel smoother. Discolorations like rosacea and sunspots will start to fade. Lines, pores and wrinkles will become less visible. Contact Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss today to schedule your IPL Photofacial consultation. We’ll create a treatment plan that’s right for you.