IPL, also known as a photo facial or photo rejuvenation, is a powerful skin rejuvenation treatment. It works by emitting intense pulsed light, which penetrates the superficial layers of the skin to treat signs of skin aging. Among these signs of aging are brown pigments, such as freckles and age spots, fine lines, red blemishes, broken blood vessels, enlarged pores, rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and sun damage. Virtually any part of your body can be safely treated with IPL, and it is a safe treatment for all skin types, even darker ones.
Before and After
How long does the IPL treatment take?
Since there is no need to apply gel or any topical anesthetic, the actual treatment only takes about 15 – 30 minutes.
What happens after the IPL treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off.
Is there any downtime? What are the post treatment guidelines?
Patients can return to work the same day and resume all regular activities. Patients should avoid sun exposure after the procedure and apply sunscreen liberally.
When will I see results?
Many patients see significant improvement within two to three weeks of treatment. However, your final result may not be apparent until the end of the series. You will see gradual improvement with each session. Four to six treatments are recommended, spaced about three to four weeks apart.
What does the IPL treatment 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.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
Over time, new spots may appear if there is enough sun exposure. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and redness.