About IPL Treatment/Photofacial in Atlanta
At WIFH, we’re your professional source for skin rejuvenation procedures like intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment (or “photofacial”) here in Atlanta. We all want beautiful, flawless skin, but with so many procedures on the market it’s hard to know which one will accomplish your goals. The most common skin concerns that our patients want to correct are:
- Uneven pigmentation due to sundamage or age spots (benign brown spots)
- Reduce redness caused by rosacea
- Improve texture
- Reduce pore size
- Eliminate facial vessels
- Improve tone and skin laxity
At some point you’ve probably heard of IPL treatments. It is also referred to as intense pulse light therapy, photofacial or phototherapy treatments. This technology has been available for years. As with all good technology, over time it improves and with it so do the results. We use the Icon IPL device made by Palomar to eliminate those bothersome imperfections on your face and body.
How IPL Treatment Works
IPL is intense pulsed light technology which, unlike lasers, uses multiple wavelengths of light with specialized filters to deliver just the right energy to treat specific skin conditions. With each pulse, light is delivered into your skin to target the brown spots, sun-damage or vascular lesions.
These benign pigmented areas and/or vessels absorb the energy and the destruction process begins. You will see your brown spots turn darker in color and flake off over the next few days/week. You may also see an immediate improvement in your vessels with continued improvement over the next few weeks. We do recommend having your annual skin check with your dermatologist before having your IPL treatments to make sure everything is benign.
Photofacial: What to Expect
Before your treatment the area will be cleansed removing any make-up and or lotions. You will be required to wear protective eyewear during treatment as the light flashes during treatment are super bright. A lubricating lotion will be applied to the treatment area and the Icon hand piece will be held to the skin. The face of the hand piece will feel cool on the surface of the skin, which helps to make your treatment comfortable.
As it pulses it may feel like a rubber-band is snapping the skin, but the sensation does not linger. This treatment is very tolerable, no numbing cream is necessary, everyone does really well. Depending on what area we are treating treatments should only take about 15-30 minutes.
What IPL Treatment Targets
Photofacial IPL/treatment utilizes pulses of light to gently deliver energy into the skin to target issues like: sun spots, age spots, facial veins and redness (rosacea). Our Atlanta IPL photofacial treatments are quick and comfortable. In just a few sessions you will see visible results: even skin tone and brighter skin. Patients love this procedure. IPL is also a perfect treatment to pair with other procedures like microneedling and HydraFacial.
Photofacial IPL treatment can be used to treat:
Post Photofacial Aftercare
- Immediately following your photofacial IPL treatment, it is common to feel like you have mild sunburn. This typically resolves within 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days.
- You will want to wait until the redness resolves before applying make-up to the treated area.
- Avoid sun exposure on the treated area and it is a MUST to use a sunscreen SPF 45 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
- The treated pigmented areas will gradually turn darker over the next few days and begin crusting and eventually flaking off of the skin. This process can take up to 2 weeks.
- Vessels may immediately appear grayish or blanched. The vessels will fully or partially fade within about 2 weeks.
IPL Treatment FAQs
What type of pigment can be treated with IPL?
IPL treatments are designed to treat benign age spots, sun damage and freckles on the face, neck, chest, arms, back, hands, legs and feet. We recommend seeing a dermatologist to have a “skin check” to make sure the pigmented areas you are wanting removed are in fact benign.
What type of vessels can be treated?
IPL treatments can treat spider veins and broken vessels on the face, neck, and some other areas of the body.
Am I a good candidate for IPL/photofacial treatments?
We can safely treat skin types I-IV with IPL. At your consultation we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.
What type of result can I expect?
You can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of brown spots, sun damage and vessels for more even skin tone and a brighter complexion. You will see a continued improvement over the first 6 weeks after your treatment. Multiple treatments are needed for best results.
How long does the IPL treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated, the sessions could range anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
What does the treatment feel like?
Most people feel only a slight “snap” like a rubber band followed by warmth of your skin. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the hand-piece glides over the treatment area to help in providing a comfortable treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the condition being treated, 1-3 treatment sessions are recommended for best results, but some patients may require more.
How far apart are treatments scheduled?
When seeing WIFH for photofacial in Atlanta, we recommend that IPL treatment sessions should be scheduled 3-4 weeks apart.
Is there downtime?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days. We will provide you with post-treatment instructions at the time of scheduling.
How should I prepare for photofacial/IPLtreatment?
You should refrain from sun exposure prior to your IPL treatments. It is best to be at your natural skin color so that we can get a true reading of your melanin levels. It is recommended that you have any brown spots or freckles checked by a dermatologist before treatment to make sure they are all benign. Certainly if we see anything suspicious we would delay treatment until they could be assessed. If you have a history of cold sores or oral HSV we would want to have you take a medication prior to treatment as sometimes heat can trigger an outbreak. It is recommended that you refrain from exfoliation both manual and products (retinols/tretinoin) for a few days, this will help reduce any unnecessary irritation.