What is an IPL Photofacial?
Living in San Francisco where the wind and weather can do tricky things with your complexion must have you constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to make your skin clearer and more youthfully fresh. Dr. Scott Mosser suggests that it may be worth your while to try out an IPL Photofacial that could help improve the appearance and overall texture of the skin by means of a modified light therapy. IPL means Intense Pulsed Light, and this is exactly the type of energy that will be directed onto your skin to rejuvenate it from the innermost layers where it can effectively stimulate skin renewal. This process will help address the most obvious signs of skin aging and sun damage by visibly improving the appearance of pigmentation, reducing pore size, alleviate acne, and smooth out the fine lines and wrinkles across the skin.
How does IPL work?
During an IPL Photofacial, pulses of broad spectrum, high intensity light beams will be delivered directly onto the surface of your skin using a specially designed hand piece that is used in a sweeping motion across the indicated area. These light pulses will be administered in specific wavelengths that target the underlying dermis layer without damaging the superficial epidermal layer. The tissues in the dermis layer absorb the IPL in order to address your particular skin problems—by the melanin in your skin to reduce pigmentation, or by the blood vessels to resolve vascular lesions. This type of photo rejuvenation is usually administered to patients within three-week intervals, with some requiring up to six treatments before the desired results are achieved.
Why should you consider getting an IPL Photofacial?
There is a wide range of benefits that patients can get from an IPL Photofacial, and this includes pigmentation free skin in specific areas of the body where these blemishes often occur including the face, neck, chest, and the hands. Also, because this procedure can help eliminate or reduce the appearance of sun damage and patches of redness across the skin, the patient will be able to enjoy a glowing and even toned complexion. Additionally, IPL Photofacial sessions are noninvasive, gentle on the skin, and generally conveniently administered so that the patient can receive treatment without having to disrupt their normal routines. It also allows patients to see the results within a shorter period of time.
Who are good candidates for using an IPL photofacial?
Typically, patients who have noticeable patches of pigmentation across their skin, rosacea, acne marks and frequent acne breakouts, skin damage or age spots due to sun exposure, or have prominent blood vessels that stand out against the skin can benefit from an IPL photofacial. On the contrary, this procedure may not be highly effective for patients with darker or tanned skin.
Are there any steps I need to do before undergoing an IPL photofacial?
It is recommended that patients avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning activities for about two weeks before they intend to acquire an IPL photo facial treatment. If it is found that if a patient has a routine skincare regimen, doctors may recommend that abrasive skin products such as those containing retinols, glycolics, and alpha hydroxyl bases should also be avoided for a few days prior to the facial treatment. Patients will also be asked if they are taking any photosensitive medication, such as products containing tetracycline, so that these can be discontinued shortly before the treatment.
What happens during an IPL photofacial session?
At the beginning of treatment, doctors will apply a cooling gel on all of the areas that are indicated for the IPL photofacial treatment.
The hand piece that delivers the high-intensity pulses of light will then be swept across the patient’s skin. At this point, the patients will feel a slight snapping sensation against the skin as the IPL penetrates the outermost layer of the epidermis.
Depending on the extent of the area to be treated, a single session of an IPL photofacial may take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
After the treatment, there is likely to be some redness on the treated areas accompanied by a subtle, but tolerable, stinging sensation. These after effects generally disappear the day after the treatment and do not impede the patient’s normal activities.
How soon will the results be noticeable from my IPL treatment?
The results of an IPL photofacial will begin to become evident immediately after the first treatment, and the improvement will progress as the patient continues treatment over the course of a few weeks. You should be able to notice pigmentation and sun damage begin to fade, your pores begin to shrink, and some fine lines may soften gradually with succeeding sessions.