IPL / PHOTOFACIAL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), also known as Photofacial or Photofacial Rejuvenation, is a treatment that uses a range of light to treat damaged skin cells. It is very effective at treating:
• Age Spots
• Liver spots
• Broken veins or enlarged blood vessels
• Sun-damaged skin
• Uneven pigmentation, and
on all parts of the body – not just the face! It also promotes the creation of collagen and elastin in the skin, helping restore a more youthful appearance.
IPL uses a broad-spectrum of light (usually in the range of 400 to 1200 nm), which is what differentiates it from a laser, which uses only a single wavelength of light. This light is filtered so any harmful rays, such as infrared and ultraviolet, are removed. This broad-spectrum light energy is applied with a special high-powered handpiece, sometimes with 2 or 3 pulses on the treatment area. The pulsed light passes through the skin and breaks apart any dark pigmented molecules, allowing them to be reabsorbed or ejected from the skin. As the light passes through the layers of the skin, it is turned into heat energy, which heats up the collagen in the skin and helps your body produce more of it.
IPL is a safe, non-invasive treatment that does not require any incisions, needles, or anesthesia. Eye protection is worn during the treatment and our practitioners are trained to make your comfort their highest priority. After the treatment, your skin might feel tingly, hot, or ‘spicy’- this sensation is temporary, but ice may be applied to help ease any discomfort. You will see the optimal results from your IPL approximately one week after your treatment. That is when your skin will look the most evenly toned and clear. Your skin may appear red or patchy for 2 to 4 days after the treatment, and you may notice that any brown spots or freckles have turned darker. This is a normal part of the healing process before the dark spots flake off. Exfoliation is not necessary – just let your body heal itself.