Getting IPL PhotoFacial in Atlanta
What is IPL PhotoFacial?
IPL (intense pulsed light) also known as PhotoFacial has been around for many years. As with all good technology, over time it improves and with it so do the results. At WIFH, we use the Icon IPL device made by Palomar to eliminate those bothersome imperfections on your face and body.
IPL PhotoFacial 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 IPL PhotoFacial treatments are quick and comfortable. In just a few sessions you will see visible results: even skin tone and brighter skin. IPL can be used to treat most areas of the body: face, neck, chest, arms, hands, back, shoulders and legs.
IPL works well to address the following skin concerns:
- Uneven pigmentation due to sun damage or age spots (benign brown spots)
- Reduce redness caused by rosacea
- Improve texture
- Reduce pore size
- Eliminate facial vessels
- Improve tone and skin laxity
How Does IPL PhotoFacial Work?
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.
When treating redness caused by rosacea, IPL heats the epidermis, collagen, and blood vessels below the surface. The hemoglobin found in the blood and the vessels absorbs these pulses of light and heat up rapidly, resulting in the destruction of the vessels and capillaries that contribute to the appearance of rosacea. Over a period of several weeks the body reabsorbs the vessels, and the facial redness diminishes.
What are the Risks/Side Effects?
IPL treatments are only appropriate for those with light skin types.
IPL treatments carry the risk of pigmentation abnormalities; however, with the use of our skintel device which helps us to see color not seen by the naked eye, this is an unlikely risk.
It is imperative that you refrain from sun exposure prior to treatment. For this reason, many of our patients choose to have this procedure in the fall and winter months.
*This treatment is not safe during pregnancy.
Preparing for IPL PhotoFacial
The Week Before Your Procedure
- 3-5 days before your IPL treatment it is advised to stop using exfoliating products, acids, tretinoin (Retin-A), retinols and bleaching creams/products.
- Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
- IPL cannot be done if you have active acne, cold sore or open lesions.
- Please discontinue Accutane 6 months prior to having any skin treatment or procedure due to skin sensitivity.
The Day of Your Treatment
There is no real prep involved on the day of your IPL treatment. It is always preferred that you come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if you are coming from work, we will have you cleanse your face once you arrive.
If you typically exercise, we recommend doing that before you come in for your IPL treatment.
What to Expect During the Procedure
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.
You will need a series of IPL treatments for best results. Depending on whether you are addressing sun damage or redness will dictate the number of treatments you may need.
Depending on what area we are treating, treatments should take approximately 45 minutes.
It is recommended that you return every 4 weeks for treatment. Once you have completed your series you may want to come in for 1-2 treatments a year to maintain results.
IPL PhotoFacial Recovery Time
Immediately following your IPL PhotoFacial 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.
Keep your skin well hydrated.
You are able to apply make-up right away although most wait until the next day to do so.
Use only gentle cleansers for 3 days post treatment. Do not use a Clarisonic or powered cleansing brush during that time as well.
Refrain from using any exfoliating or acid-based skin care products for at least 5-7 days.
After 5-7 days you can resume your normal skincare regimen.
IPL PhotoFacial Consultations
We believe consultations are very important when considering any skin treatment. Our consultations give us the opportunity to get to know you and understand exactly what you are looking to achieve with your skin. At your consultation you will meet with one medical aestheticians who will put together a treatment plan along with product recommendations for you to consider.
IPL PhotoFacial Pricing
The cost of IPL/PhotoFacial varies based upon the body area treated and the number of treatments needed. Multiple treatments will be needed for best results.
You can buy single treatments or a multi treatment package. Generally, treatments cost anywhere from $175 to $2,700
Before & After Photos
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed.
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*Results vary from person to person and are not guaranteed