IPL Photofacial Information (Intense Pulse Light)

A photofacial, or “fotofacial,” is a 30-minute procedure in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin. IPL photorejuvenation then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines.

 

The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, while the redness and swelling that sometimes occur after treatment disappear shortly.

 

Most benefits of a photofacial/fotofacial occur gradually in the weeks following treatment. For even greater cosmetic enhancement, patients may also opt for a RF treatment, a procedure that combines radio waves with light waves to achieve excellent results.

IPL works on skin that is blotchy, sun-damaged, discolored, or skin that is affected by large pores, freckles, or wrinkles. The procedure is also quick and involves no downtime, making it a convenient option for people with busy schedules. Those with dark or deeply tanned skin sometimes experience complications following IPL photofacial treatment, therefore a consultation with our trained Aestheticians is required.

Before the procedure begins, you will be given protective eyewear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. A cool gel is often applied to the treatment area, both to lubricate the handpiece and to help cool the epidermis during the treatment. Your Aesthetician will apply brief pulses of bright light to the skin through the handpiece. 

During the IPL photofacial procedure, you will feel a warm sensation caused by the handpiece. Some patients compare the sensation to a light "snap" from a rubber band. The number of pulses you receive will depend on the size of the area being treated. Following the procedure, your Aesthetician may help you in icing down the treatment area to help soothe any discomfort from the procedure. This is often unnecessary because the procedure is virtually painless.

The recovery time from an IPL skin procedure is often very short, as there is very little damage done to the skin during treatment. Depending on the skin problem you are wanting to remedy as well as your skin type, the redness that is present following the procedure may persist for a longer or shorter period of time. The side effects of IPL photofacial treatment dissipate within a few hours for many patients.

The most important things to remember following IPL photofacial treatment are to avoid the sun for several days and to wear plenty of sunblock for at least two weeks. Intense pulsed light therapy can give you excellent results for a year or more, but you must take care to ensure your skin is protected for the first few weeks after treatment.

Often, multiple IPL photofacial treatments are necessary to achieve maximum results. Especially if you are seeking to remedy multiple problems - for instance, if you are seeking to improve skin texture and reduce redness - multiple treatments affecting different layers of the skin will likely be needed. Your Aesthetician can help you find out how many IPL photofacial treatments you may need to achieve your cosmetic goals.

In order to maximize results, we recommend using an at home skin care regimen of the following products.