An IPL photo facial is a skin rejuvenating treatment that utilizes intense pulsed light to improve a variety of skin imperfections. This can include sun damage, pigmentation, age spots, redness, fine lines, poor texture, and large pores. Photofacials are non-invasive treatments requiring little to no downtime. A photofacial is an excellent treatment for luminous, younger looking skin for people with light to medium complexions.
For optimal results, we recommend a series of 4-6 treatments performed at 3-4 week intervals with maintenance treatments every 3 months. Each treatment can result in gradual lightening of hyperpigmentation and overall improvement in clarity and texture, depending on client’s skin condition. Those with advanced photoaging may require more procedures.
Before and after the IPL Photofacial
A tan or tanning before a photofacial is not advised. This includes artificial tanning products/services such as tanning beds, spray tans or lotions. Your skin safety is our top priority, therefore, we will reschedule anyone who has a tan. The broad band light will be highly absorbed by the excess pigment in your skin that may result in burns and/or undesirable side effects. It is important to avoid sun exposure in the two weeks or more prior to treatment. After a treatment, use mild cleansers and moisturizers. It is critical you protect the treated areas from sun exposure for one to two weeks post treatment. After the procedure, sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 is a must to prevent the return of sun damage.
You may experience a sunburn sensation along with minor swelling post treatment. This should resolve in as little as a couple of hours to 48 hours and can be soothed with cold packs. Pigmented lesions may darken and form a micro crust after a photofacial. They may come to the surface of the skin and peel off or may just break up in the skin.