IPL photofacial treatments are praised for their effective results and brief recovery time, but what exactly are they, and who are they for? Since this is one of our most popular treatments at Pure Touch Skin Center, we wanted to educate our clients a little more on this fantastic procedure.
#1. What Does The “IPL” Mean?
“IPL” is short for “intense pulse light”. These light pulses are used in the treatments to deeply penetrate the skin in order to remedy hard-to-correct skin issues. Be sure you don’t confuse IPL photofacials with LED photofacials, since they both achieve different results.
#2. Who Gets IPL Photofacials?
Basically, IPL photofacials are for people who don’t like the redness in their skin, or who have age/sun spots, unwanted freckles, broken capillaries, discolored scarring, blotches, hyperpigmentation, or large pores. IPL photofacials can also work for wrinkles and acne, depending on your level of severity and your goals.
#3. How Does This Technology Work?
Your IPL photofacial medical professional will use a hand-held instrument to send intense pulses of light into your skin’s problem area. These pulses of light “call” pigmentation to the skin’s surface, and over the next few days, the pigmentation will become darker and will then shed off. The intense light also causes blood vessels below the skin to constrict, which reduces the redness, age lines, broken capillaries, or skin discolorations (whatever problem you’re having). An added bonus: the intense light also stimulates the growth of collagen, which fills in wrinkles, making your skin smoother and more youthful. The result of an IPL photofacial session is getting more evenly-toned skin with a fresh, healthy glow.
#4. What Happens In The Session?
When you get settled in for your treatment, your face will be washed to remove any oil. Some specialists will apply cooling gel to the parts of your skin that will be treated, and you’ll also be provided with protective eyewear to keep on during the procedure, to keep your eyes safe from the bright flashes of light. After the treatment (which you can read about above), you may be given ice packs or a topical cream to soothe any discomfort. An IPL photofacial session can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, making it a very convenient option for those with busy schedules.
#5. Do IPL Photofacials Hurt?
Many individuals who get IPL photofacials find the procedure to be more uncomfortable than actually painful. It can be compared to plucking nose hairs, getting a brief pinch, or having rubber bands snapped on the skin. During recovery, some patients feel like they have a sunburn. Most patients find everything completely tolerable, and as mentioned before, there are ice packs and creams to help with any discomfort.
#6. How Much Downtime Is Needed?
Downtime and the recovery period will depend on how intense the treatment was. Each skin issue presents a different recovery process. Some people will have temporary discoloration for 3-4 days afterward, which will flake off slowly. Others may experience splotchy or red skin, and some patients see pepper-like speckles on their skin as well. Sometimes the discoloration that was already there will look more pronounced during the recovery process, but it is normal and temporary. Most benefits of an IPL photofacial will happen gradually, over about two weeks following treatment.
#7. How Many Sessions Are Normal?
Again, the answer to this question will depend on how large of an area you are having treated, the intensity of it, and your goals. That said, specialists generally do a few sessions: one every three weeks, and then maintenance twice a year. If your problem areas are older, it will probably take a few sessions to fix them. With each treatment, the results of the IPL photofacials become more significant.
If you’re interested in learning more about what IPL photofacials can do for you skin, contact us at Pure Touch Skin Center. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and we’re even happier to help you get the skin you want!