Intense pulsed light therapy or IPL Photofacial is the use of light waves to improve skin texture and discoloration on the face and body. As we age our skin is weathered and discolored by several factors. The skin may be scarred by acne, or have splotches caused by broken blood vessels, or could develop liver spots. There are a whole host of factors that play into our skin conditions, and they only pile up as we age. IPL Photofacial is a solution to these blemishes.
IPL Photofacial works by pulsing light waves at multiple wavelengths into the skin. The body converts the light to heat and when heated the skin gets rid of unwanted cells, specifically the pigment producing cells beneath the surface of the skin. These cells are destroyed by the heat and dispersed where they eventually get pulled to the surface of the skin and flake off. After they are removed, all that is left is the radiant unblemished skin.
IPL Photofacial Benefits
IPL Photofacial can be used to treat a range of skin blemishes such as acne, birthmarks, stretch marks, liver spots, broken blood vessels, freckles, rosacea, scars, spider veins, and sun damage.
Moreover, the treatment is surgery free, meaning that there is no incision or invasive treatment. This also means that there is no downtime following the treatment, clients can leave our clinic immediately following treatment and return to their daily routine.
IPL Photofacial can best treat blemishes and discoloration on the face and décolleté.
Does an IPL Photofacial hurt?
Most clients that are treated with IPL Photofacial report no pain at all, and those that do report very little pain. In fact, IPL Photofacial is one of the safest light-based treatments available. During treatment, the technician will clean the skin then apply a cooling gel both to protect your skin and increase the effectiveness of the light waves. There will be a bright flash of light that feels like a light elastic sensation. The technician will move this flash across the face in a grid pattern and may need to go over certain areas multiple times, depending on need.
IPL Photofacial Before and After
Many of our clients see great results after they have completed their full cycle of treatments. Skin is left radiant and clear of any blemishes, often appearing years younger than it had before the treatment was administered. What is great about IPL Photofacial treatments is that the results are clear to see. Click here to see ipl photofacial before and after photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the typical IPL Photofacial recovery?
The treatment is non-invasive, which means there is no significant recovery period. There may be some slight redness of the skin and some possible puffiness or swelling, but you can return directly to any skin care routine or daily activity without rest or recovery.
What is the typical IPL Photofacial recovery?
Following treatment, you will likely see a darkening of the targeted skin areas as the pigmented cells are broken apart and pushed to the surface of the skin. Typically, a full treatment cycle takes four to six individual treatments and best results will be seen three months following the final treatment.
Are there any side effects?
There are very minimal side effects and virtually no risk for major side effects because the treatment is non-surgical. Other than some slight redness of skin and a bit of puffiness, both of which will subside in an hour or two following the treatment, there are no side effects to IPL Photofacial treatments.
Does it help with Acne Scars?
Yes, IPL Photofacials can help reduce the scarring caused by acne. The scar tissue is broken down much the same way as any unwanted skin pigmentation and is pushed to the surface of the skin and flakes off. While the scarring may not completely disappear for all clients, there is a significant and noticeable reduction.
Is IPL Photofacial a good treatment for Rosacea?
Yes, IPL Photofacial is a great method to help with Rosacea. It will effectively reduce the redness and help to smooth out the skin.
IPL Photofacial vs Microneedling
Microneedling is the use of a dermaroller with small needles to prick the skin in order to encourage the body to produce new collagen. Collagen is the fibers in the skin responsible for the skin’s firmness and tightness. Microneedling is used predominantly in the face area and can treat skin blemishes such as scarring, large pores, or wrinkling. It is different from IPL Photofacial in that while it is minimally invasive, there is still some puncturing of the skin.
While this does not often lead to side effects, there can still be some bruising, and there is always the possibility of infection. With IPL Photofacial there is virtually no chance of either bruising or infection. Also, Microneedling is generally limited to the face whereas IPL Photofacial can be applied to skin blemishes anywhere on the body.
Furthermore, IPL Photofacial can be used to treat a wider variety of skin blemishes, especially those that deal with skin pigmentation and blood vessel breakage while still being comparably equal in its ability to improve skin wrinkling.
If you would like to know more about pricing, treatment length, and if IPL Photofacial is right for you, you can book a free consultation at the nearest LightRx location to you. The number of treatments will be determined during your free consultation and will depend on your desired result for your skin and the area being targeted. The best way to know exactly what treatment is right for you is by calling us at 877-721-4547 and scheduling a consultation in one of our offices. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.
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