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What is an IPL or PhotoFacial?
Intense Pulse Light also known as a PhotoFacial, is an amazing non-invasive, no down-time procedure that uses the power of light to rejuvenate your skin. It addresses several issues such as the signs of rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. Patients have also reported improvement with mild acne scars, large pore reduction, correction of dark circles around the eyes, and reduction of fine lines. Many body areas can be treated including face, neck, chest, arms and other areas. The IPL is one of the most powerful and effective treatments available to maintain a more youthful and even complexion. Best results are achieved with a series of treatments and a consultation is required.

How does an IPL treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of pulses over the treatment area. The light energy safely targets the pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots. Vascular lesions are also targeted and gradually lightened over a series of treatments. The brown spots will darken and come to the surface before sloughing off over the next one to two weeks.

What can I expect when receiving a treatment?
First, your laser technician will cleanse the area that is being treated and then apply a cool gel. IPL shields will then be placed over your eyes and the actual treatment will begin. You may still see a flash of light as the energy is being delivered. There is a minimal discomfort that is associated with this treatment. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sun block is applied. After the first treatment, a topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort if desired. Your Laser Technician will also recommend products for home care to maximize your skin rejuvenation.

What are the side effects of an IPL?
Side effects are minimal. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. You may also feel like you have a light sunburn sensation for 2-3 hours after the treatment. In rare instances, temporary swelling, bruising, blistering, crusting, or thicker lesions can occur. Limiting sun exposure for several weeks before and after treatment will greatly minimize the risk of complications. The brown pigmented spots take approximately one to two weeks to slough off.

What improvement will I see?
Patients will see a significant reduction of brown and red areas of pigmentation in the skin as well as a reduction in small red blood vessels after a series of 3-5 treatments. Improvement in tone and texture of skin along with decreased appearance in pore size may also be experienced. The skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated.

How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, a series of 3-5 treatments are recommended with 3-4 weeks in between each treatment. After a series is completed, a maintenance treatment is recommended 1-2 times per year or as directed by our office.


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Photos Courtesy of Brian Stolley, MD