Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial
What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, also known as a “Photofacial,” is an innovative, powerful skin rejuvenation treatment. Utilizing light-based energy, the IPL device can be adjusted to target numerous pigmentation- and texture-related concerns on the face. The speedy bursts of light energy it produces can reduce the appearance of blemishes without harming the surrounding skin. Like other solutions offered at Regional Skin & Laser Center, IPL treatments are typically non-invasive and quick, making IPL a great option for those who want to rejuvenate their skin without the hassle of surgery.
What Can IPL Therapy Treat?
Although results will vary for each patient, IPL therapy can address a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Age spots (also known as “sun spots”)
- Broken capillaries
- Moles and birthmarks
- Broken blood vessels
- Mild wrinkles
- Unwanted freckles
- Blotchy or mottled pigmentation
IPL treatments are considered safe for most, but we may suggest a different procedure if you are prone to intense keloid scarring (or suffering from a similar condition), as IPL may complicate or worsen these problems. Rest assured that before moving forward with IPL, we will examine your skin and medical history to make sure IPL is the right choice.
What Does the IPL Procedure Involve?
Like a laser treatment, such as our AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 Laser, an IPL procedure involves a device that emits the energy while being gently glided across the targeted area; unlike a laser treatment, however, the energy is released through several short, high-intensity wavelengths, which many compare to the flash of a camera. IPL’s energy was designed to penetrate the dermis, or the middle layer of the skin, without causing damage to the external layer (epidermis).
During the procedure, you will wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and a topical numbing cream will be applied for your comfort (though IPL is not considered painful by most patients). Treatments usually last between 15 minutes to an hour, and most patients are able to go back to work immediately with only mild side effects.
How Long Does IPL Last?
IPL tends to produce results that last up to a year. We typically recommend a series of four or five treatment sessions depending on the extent of improvement the patient needs to achieve their aesthetic goals.
Initial side effects you may experience from your IPL treatment include mild redness, swelling, itching, and hyperpigmentation in treated areas, but all of these concerns should gradually fade in the weeks following the procedure.
How Much Does IPL Cost?
The cost of IPL therapy varies for each patient, and it will depend on the number of sessions, the conditions being addressed, the area being treated, and several other factors. We would be happy to discuss the cost of IPL at your consultation.
If you think IPL is the treatment you’re looking for, or you would like to learn more about our other rejuvenating skin treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!