One of the most versatile nonsurgical treatments our patients ask about is the IPL photofacial. But why is this particular skin rejuvenation treatment so frequently requested? Simply put, it can work wonders for aging skin, hyperpigmentation, and other common complexion concerns.
Given its rising popularity, let’s “shed some light” on the benefits of IPL photofacial, how it rejuvenates the skin, and what to expect following treatment. Ready to learn more?
What is IPL Photofacial?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that uses rapid light pulses to restore damaged skin. Our patients appreciate that it’s a safe, convenient procedure that addresses skin concerns without incisions or scars. Photorejuvenation differs from Fraxel® laser treatments by delivering light at multiple wavelengths. Fraxel typically addresses a single targeted area with a localized laser beam. Patients may choose IPL photofacial instead of Fraxel laser resurfacing to address multiple treatment areas efficiently. During your consultation, we’ll explore the best approach for your needs. We may also suggest combining IPL photofacial with other beneficial procedures, such as dermal fillers or chemical peels.
IPL photofacial benefits include:
- Improving sunspots, age spots, freckles, and other pigmented areas
- Enhancing skin tone, texture, and smoothness
- Minimizing redness due to rosacea or acne scars
- Treating vascular lesions
- Reducing the appearance of enlarged pores
- Stimulating collagen production to improve the skin’s elasticity and glow
- Ability to target skin on the face, hands, neck, chest, and legs
- Very few side effects and virtually no downtime
Who’s a Good Candidate for IPL Photofacial?
You may be an ideal candidate for IPL photofacial if you want to address concerns such as age spots, freckles, or uneven skin tone without an invasive procedure. Typically, IPL photofacials work best for patients with lighter skin tones. Patients with darker skin may be more prone to hyperpigmentation, burning, or scarring during an IPL treatment. You should also have realistic expectations about what your procedure can accomplish. For example, it may take multiple sessions to achieve your desired results.
How Does IPL Photofacial Work?
During photorejuvenation, we provide you with protective eyewear and apply a cooling gel to the skin to help minimize any discomfort during your procedure. With the push of a button, the IPL device releases pulses of broad-spectrum light, and the light energy is absorbed by pigmented cells. The cells convert the energy to heat to break down pigmentation. Simultaneously, the heat triggers collagen production to restore and rejuvenate the skin. This process results in healthier, radiant, more youthful-looking skin.
Does IPL Photofacial Hurt?
Most patients tolerate IPL photofacial treatments well. It is a gentle, low-risk procedure as long as you’re in the capable hands of a skilled provider. The cooling gel we apply to the treated areas helps you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. However, patients may experience a mild stinging sensation that feels like a rubber band snapping. The procedure itself typically takes about 30 minutes.
What is the Cost of IPL Photofacial?
According to ReaslSelf, the average cost of an IPL treatment is $638. However, the cost of your procedure will vary depending on the size of the area being treated, the number of treatments you require, your provider’s experience, and geographic location. Cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by health insurance. However, we offer financing options to help ease any stress you may have about paying for your procedure.
What is Recovery After IPL Photofacial Like?
Good news! Part of what makes this procedure so appealing is that there’s little to no downtime following your IPL photofacial, and your recovery should be minimal initially, you may experience some warmth and redness, but this should subside after a few hours. Some patients may feel like they have a sunburn for a few days. Areas with pigmentation may initially darken before flaking off within a week—most patients resume their regular activities immediately. To protect your skin as it heals, it’s essential to avoid sun exposure, wear sunscreen, and use gentle skin care products.
What Results Can You Expect?
While you should observe some immediate improvement after your first IPL photofacial, many patients benefit from multiple treatments about 4 weeks apart to allow for healing. Your results typically become more visible over time as your skin improves. Redness typically fades more quickly, while darker lesions may require 3 to 4 treatments for significant improvement. Your IPL photofacial should leave your skin feeling smoother, younger, firmer, and with an even tone. You can continue to preserve the results of your IPL photofacial by protecting your skin from the sun and scheduling periodic maintenance treatments.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you ready to treat yourself to a more youthful and radiant complexion with IPL photofacial? Take the next step by contacting our office at (650) 325-1118 or using our convenient online form to request a consultation. Let us help you restore your glow and self-confidence!