Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) also known as photofacial or photorejuvenation is a minimally invasive procedure to improve the tone and texture of the skin without significant recovery or downtime. It is ideal for evening out skin tone secondary to sun damage, visible redness from broken capillaries, active and latent acne scarring.
IPL utilizes short bursts of high intensity light energy to penetrate the skin and damage the melanin responsible for causing skin pigmentation as well as stimulating collagen production to improve the texture of the skin, fine lines and small wrinkles.
While IPL belongs to a spectrum of light emitting devices it is much gentler than traditional laser therapies requiring no downtime after the treatment. There is mild discomfort during the procedure that gets better with successive treatments. The treatment itself is relatively short lasting only 15 minutes. To ensure you get the best results from your treatment between 5-6 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart are recommended. Most patients see mild improvement in their skin immediately after 1st session, but it may take up to 3 sessions to see the results. Brown spots sometimes become darker, but this is temporary and they will improve in a few treatments. With each treatment your skin will gradually look smoother, the tone will become more even as the effects become gradually more visible following each session. In the end you will get healthier, clearer, and more attractive skin.
Sun tanning, self-tanning, using retinoic acid, Accutane or taking doxycycline must be avoided for at least 7 days prior to procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER AN IPL TREATMENT?
Initially existing pigments may get worse and surrounding skin gets a little red, which resolve a few hours after the treatment. The dark spots will fade and flake off in 1 to 3 weeks after treatment.
POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Must wear SPF 60 or greater if you are exposed to the sun for at least 1 week. Apply hydrating cream such as Aquaphor to the treated area for at least 3 days following the procedure. Avoid Vitamin A containing products such as retinoic acid and Accutane for at least 1 week following the procedure.
Areas that can be treated