What is an IPL Photofacial?
Photofacial, otherwise known as “IPL” or Intense Pulsed Light.
Photofacial is NOT a laser—it is light.
IPL is a very bright light system that is exceptionally effective for treating skin redness (rosacea), brown spots and sun damage at a very comfortable energy level. There is no need to apply topical anesthetic or gel beforehand, and you can realize remarkable results in just one or two treatments.
What areas can be treated?
Virtually any part of your body with uneven skin tone, diffuse redness, or sun and age spots can be safety treated. The face, chest, shoulders and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically had the most sun exposure.
What do the treatments feel like?
When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, one to three treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results. Additional treatments may be required for very large or dark spots, densely freckled areas, or excessively sun damaged skin.
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin which typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off. Your mottled complexion will clear.
When will I see results?
Many clients see significant improvement within two to three weeks of treatment. Your complexion will be clearer and younger looking. However, your final results may not be apparent for a month or more.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
Over time new spots may appear if there is sufficient sun exposure. These too can be removed. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and excessive redness.