IPL FOtofacial

IPL FOTOFACIAL

If you suffer from age spots, sun damage, rosacea, uneven skin tone, spider veins, or mild acne scars, an IPL photofacial can help you out. IPL photofacials are a safe and proven effective way to reduce the appearance of both vascular and melanin related skin conditions. (not safe for darker skin types)

This treatment helps to improve many skin irregularities, including:

  • Dark spots

  • Uneven skin tone

  • Enlarged pores

  • Sun damage

  • Reddening

  • Broken blood vessels

  • Fine lines

  • Minor scars – like chickenpox or acne scarring

  • Rosacea (effective in improving symptoms for some patients)

IPL Photo Rejuvenation can be used on the face as well as the hands, chest, and neck.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IPL?

Unfortunately for individuals with darker pigmentation, the IPL photo rejuvenation treatment may change the color of healthy skin as well as the areas of irregularities. We usually do not recommend IPL photorejuvenation treatments during the summer since exposure to sunlight or tanning skin can alter the results.

In addition to individuals with darker skin tones and those who may experience tanning due to sun exposure, expectant mothers are not usually good candidates for these procedures either. 

Due to some skin conditions and sensitives, IPL photofacial treatment may be the wrong choice. Eczema, acne, severe dermatitis, a history of keloid scarring, or generally sensitive skin can all lead to an elevated risk for adverse reactions after IPL photorejuvenation.

Finally, there are some health conditions (cancer, lupus, seizures), medications (photosensitizing medication, diabetes treatments, blood thinners), and surgical appliances (pacemakers, metal pins) that mean IPL photofacial treatment will not be indicated.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR IPL?

Specifically, you should:

  • Avoid self-tanner usage and minimize sun exposure for 2 to 4 weeks

  • Review your prescription medications and forego the use of certain products, including tetracycline, doxycycline, and Retin-A

  • Review any over the counter medications and forego the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and similar medication to avoid bruising

  • Apply sunscreen every day.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO IPL?

IPL Photo Rejuvenation has a relatively easy recovery, which means you can return to your daily routine immediately. Potential side effects are usually minor and they disappear quickly.

Some of the most common side effects include:

  • Bruising

  • Blistering (like after a sunburn)

  • Scabbing

  • Changes in the skin’s pigmentation

  • Reddening

In rare cases, changes in pigmentation (lighter or darker skin tone) can occur. This is most common in darker-skinned people and those who have recently tanned or burned their skin prior to treatment.