Intense pulsed light photofacials use the power of precisely controlled high-intensity pulses of light to reverse the signs of sun damage and aging while providing clear, youthful-looking skin. The state-of-the-art procedure can restore the skin’s radiance with minimal side effects and downtime.
Photofacials, sometimes referred to as IPL, can be used to treat a variety of skin blemishes, including broken capillaries and redness also known as rosacea, age spots, fine wrinkles, enlarged pores, discoloration, and brown spots. Most of these skin imperfections are the cumulative result of a lifetime of sun exposure. Intense pulsed light therapy provides a gentle approach to reversing these visible signs of sun damage that can prematurely age the skin. The procedure also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to rejuvenate the skin from the inside.
How Does the Treatment Work?
IPL uses precise wavelengths of light to destroy unwanted melanin and coagulate broken blood vessels without damaging nearby tissue. The light is directed at the skin’s surface in a series of short bursts. Within a few weeks following treatment, the remaining melanin is reabsorbed by the body and unsightly spider veins and capillaries shrink and disappear.
Is the Treatment Painful?
Photofacials are non-invasive and extremely gentle. Patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. The only aftercare needed is the routine use of sun protection to prevent further sun damage to the skin.
What to Expect
The best results are achieved with a series of treatments. The results are subtle and natural-looking. Intense pulsed light therapy provides the same benefits as a medium depth chemical peel without the risk of burns, blisters, or downtime. It is important to note that IPL may not be appropriate for all skin types and skin problems. It is important to consult an experienced dermatologist or dermatology provider to determine the most appropriate treatment option.