How Does IPL Photofacial Work?
Preparing for IPL Photofacial
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.
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 handpiece 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.
What to Expect During IPL Photofacial
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.
IPL Photofacial Consultations
IPL Photofacial Gallery
Frequently Asked Questions
IPL PhotoFacial is designed to treat browns and reds. Sun damage, age spots and freckles respond very well to IPL PhotoFacial treatments. It is always recommended to be seen by a dermatologist to have your sun damage, age spots and freckles assessed to be sure they are benign. IPL PhotoFacial can also treat rosacea and facial vessels. Regardless of whether you are treating browns or reds a series of treatments will be necessary to achieve the best results.
During the treatment you will feel warmth and with each pulse you will snap on the skin, similar to that of a rubber band. This procedure is well tolerated and does not require any numbing.
Depending on the area of the body being treated with IPL PhotoFacial, treatments can take 45 minutes or more.
While there are no studies showing adverse effects during pregnancy, we choose not to perform IPL during pregnancy.
It permanently removes the treated pigment, however if you have continued sun exposure new sun damage is likely to form. Once you complete a series of treatments it is recommended that you return 1-2 times per year to maintain results. If you are using IPL for Rosacea the same will apply to keep your symptoms at bay.
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.