Skin imperfections like age spots, sun damage, and rosacea are no match for our Photofacials, otherwise known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments. Have you tried countless creams and serums without seeing any real improvement in your complexion? If so, it might be time to consider a Photofacial. Also known as IPL, this non-invasive cosmetic treatment can help improve the appearance of various skin issues using advanced light technology. Let’s explore what an IPL Treatment entails and how it could benefit your skin’s overall health and beauty!
What is a Photofacial IPL Treatment?
Photofacial IPL Treatment is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses intense pulses of light to improve the appearance of skin issues like age spots, sun damage, pigmentation irregularities, and even rosacea. This advanced technology uses specific wavelengths of light to penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen and elastin production for noticeable improvements in fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin clarity. During an IPL session, a Licensed Esthetician will use a handheld device to emit intense pulses of light energy to the area being treated. Different filter settings will be used depending on what skin condition is being treated. Some patients may feel a slight warming sensation during their Photofacial, but most find it tolerable with topical anesthesia.
How Does Intense Pulsed Light Therapy Work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy uses a handheld device to emit targeted, intense pulses of light that heat melanin (the pigment responsible for dark spots), stimulating collagen production and reducing inflammation. The wavelength of the light is adjusted according to the depth and location of the pigments or vascular lesions being treated. Once the light is delivered, the energy breaks down unwanted pigmentation or dilates small blood vessels causing them to shrink over time.
Benefits of Photofacial IPL
Reverse the Signs of Aging
This treatment can effectively erase years from your face without invasive surgery or harsh chemicals. As we age, our skin becomes thin and loses elasticity, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. IPL technology can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to stimulate collagen production, which helps plump and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Combat Hyperpigmentation & Sun Damage
The light energy emitted during an IPL Treatment is absorbed by pigmented cells in the skin responsible for issues like discoloration, sun damage, and rosacea. Once the light energy is absorbed, your body’s natural healing process kicks in to reduce redness while promoting brighter, even-toned skin.
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What Conditions Can Photofacial IPL Treatments Treat?
One of the most common concerns treated with Photofacial IPL Treatments is sun damage, which can result in brown spots and discoloration on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Another condition that can be effectively treated with IPL Treatments is rosacea. This chronic inflammatory condition causes redness, broken blood vessels, and sometimes small bumps or pustules. Photofacials also treat acne scars as it stimulates collagen formation, resulting in diminished appearance of scars over time.
How Much Do Photofacial IPL Treatments Cost?
The cost of a Photofacial IPL Treatment can vary depending on location, provider expertise, which wavelength is used, and more. However, IPL Treatments typically start at $300 per session. You may also find discounts if you purchase a package. Additionally, when evaluating cost-effectiveness, one must factor in that IPL Treatments have been shown to help slow down visible signs of aging over time – so by investing in your skin with this treatment now, you could potentially save money on other anti-aging measures down the road!
We typically recommend a series of 3-6 treatments. These are spaced out about three weeks apart to allow your skin time to heal between sessions.
Many patients notice an improvement in their skin after just one session, but significant improvement occurs about two weeks post-completion of the treatment series. The longevity of these results depends on factors such as sun exposure and overall skincare routine, but for most patients, the effects of an IPL procedure can last anywhere from six months to a year.
With Photofacial IPL Treatments there is minimal downtime. In fact, you should be able to return to normal activities almost immediately! Similar to mild sunburn, your skin may appear slightly red or flushed for a few hours following treatment. However, this usually subsides quickly.