Everything You Need to Know about the IPL Photofacial

The IPL photofacial allows you to experience full skin rejuvenation with almost no discomfort and no downtime. This cosmetic procedure addresses a wide variety of skin concerns and leaves you with a refreshed, more youthful appearance. If the IPL photofacial sounds like the perfect procedure for you, there are a few things you should know about the treatment before you schedule your first appointment.

What is IPL?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light therapy, a treatment that delivers short pulses of light below the skin’s surface to the underlying skin structure. At this level, IPL destroys damaged tissue, allowing new skin cells to replace the old. The procedure targets specific skin concerns, while leaving surrounding skin and tissue untouched.

Who Can Have the IPL Photofacial?
The IPL photofacial is primarily recommended for lighter skin tones. If your skin is tanned, it is best to wait until the color fades before undergoing this procedure. The IPL photofacial can treat a wide range of skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and facial creases
  • Large pores
  • Brown spots and freckles
  • Vascular lesions Skin redness

In addition, IPL may be beneficial on acne and rosacea, minimizing the redness and inflammation that commonly accompanies these conditions.

What is the Procedure Like?
An IPL photofacial is performed right in our office and usually takes 30 minutes or less to complete. Most patients find they are able to tolerate the procedure well, comparing the light pulses to a rubber band snapping against the skin. A cooling gel can be applied to the skin before treatment to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. After the procedure, your skin may be red and tender, much like a sunburn. That side effect usually subsides within the first 24 hours and you can return to all of your regular activities the next day.

What about Results?
After your first IPL photofacial, your skin will feel smoother and appear visibly refreshed. We typically perform this procedure in a series of 3-4 treatment sessions, spaced 2-4 weeks apart, to ensure you see the best possible results. Results of this procedure tend to be long-lasting, since the treatment also stimulates the body’s own production of collagen for months afterward.

An IPL photofacial is an effective way to experience skin rejuvenation without the discomfort and downtime of more invasive laser procedures. Results are subtle and tend to improve over time. If you would like to learn more about this aesthetic treatment, contact the staff at New Visage at 252-808-2NEW today.