IPL, photorejuvenation, FotoFacial – all these terms describe what is clinically known as intense pulsed light treatments.
IPL treatments are a non-invasive alternative for a variety of skin treatments used for conditions on the chest, face, hands and neck, including:
- Sun damage
- Broken capillaries
- Age spots
- Brown spots
- Red or ruddy skin
While IPL might seem like another kind of laser treatment, it’s not – the difference is in the amount of wavelengths the IPL wand emits to the targeted zone, widening the area that can be treated.
IPL is a safe treatment program that can be customized to suit your needs and schedule. Come in for a consultation and discuss whether IPL treatments are right for you!
Frequently asked questions
Q: What are photofacials?
A: Photofacials, also referred to as IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, are non-invasive medical treatments that use a light device to improve skin tone.
Q: How do photofacials work?
A: Photofacials utilize spectrums of light that are preferentially absorbed by brown and red structures in the skin. When the light is absorbed by these sun spots and broken capillaries, it disables them. Sun spots slough off in the normal exfoliation process and broken capillaries are gradually reabsorbed by the body.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: We generally recommend photofacials in a series of three to six treatments. We can give you a better idea of how many sessions will be necessary during a complimentary consultation.
Q: How long should I wait between treatments?
A: This will vary slightly depending on the objectives of the treatment. Waiting three to four weeks between photofacials is our standard recommendation.
Q: Is there down time?
A: Most patients exhibit redness for only a few hours after their photofacial treatments. More sensitive skin types can be red for 24 to 48 hours following treatment, however. Until we know how your skin will respond, we encourage you to schedule your appointment with this in mind.
Q: Do photofacials hurt?
A: Sensation varies among individuals. The treatment is similar to laser hair removal, but is generally considered more tolerable. Most patients describe the sensation as a quick snapping on the skin.
Q: Who shouldn’t have photofacials?
A: Those who have had sun exposure that has changed the color of their skin should wait two to three weeks before a photofacial. Clients will also need to be off of all antibiotics for a minimum of two weeks before their sessions. Photofacials are only appropriate treatments for fair and medium complexions.
Q: Is there anything I can do to help my treatments work better?
A: Photofacial treatments work best when paired with exfoliation procedures, such as microdermabrasion or peels. This is particularly true when we are striving to diminish pigmentation and improve texture. When these procedures are done in conjunction with one another, they are performed at alternating appointments.