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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation is a very effective treatment for brown spots, redness, age spots, broken blood vessels, acne, and rosacea.
IPL helps restore a youthful looking skin and is also an effective treatment for sun damaged or aged skin.
It helps decrease facial redness, lessens the appearance of pigmented spots, reduces pore size and improves texture and fine lines through collagen stimulation.
IPL delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is non-ablative, meaning that is does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched.
I recommend that clients should undergo a series 4-6 IPL treatments, with treatments being administered every 4 weeks. After the session you may have some redness and feel like you have a mild sunburn for the rest of the day, but there is NO DOWNTIME so you could have a treatment during your lunch hour.
After one or two treatments, your skin will have a more even tone and a smoother look and feel. Sunspots will start to fade and pores can become less apparent. Fine lines and wrinkles will soften over time. These improvements continue with each treatment. Clients with acne and rosacea will see a reduction in facial redness as a result of each treatment. After treatment, some brown spots may appear darker for a few days, then peel off. You can apply makeup immediately after an IPL treatment if you want to. After treatment I recommend that you apply a high SPF sunscreen containing UVA and UVB protection over all treated areas daily.
Photorejuvenation isn't just for your face! It can also be performed on your hands and chest to remove brown spots, as well as on your back and shoulders to treat acne.
What About Pre-Treatment Recommendations?
For 2-4 weeks before your treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun.
Discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova two weeks prior to each treatment.
You cannot have taken Accutane within 6 months of an IPL treatment.
Avoid taking Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment to help prevent bruising.
Who is not a Good Candidate for IPL Treatment?
Unfortunately, IPL is not a safe option for clients with darker skin types.
A chemical peel would be a safer, more effective alternative for clients with darker skin who want to treat pigmention and acne issues.
I only recommend IPL treatments for clients with Fitzpatrick Skin Types 1-3.
For clients with melasma, I do not recommend using IPL as a primary treatment, unless it can be determined with certainty that the melasma is epidermal (closer to the surface) and not dermal (the deeper form). Unfortunately dermal melasma is the most common form of melasma. The preferred treatment I recommend for dermal melasma is to use the Perfetion Lift Peel. However, as an option, we can first do an IPL treatment "test patch" on a small area of your myasma and see if there are any long term improvements before deciding on any further IPL treatments.
What Are the Results of IPL Photofacial Treatments?
These before and after images are representative of the kind of results that IPL Photofacials can achieve.
For some skin conditions, you can combine microdermabrasion treatment inbetween Photofacial treatments and achieve even better results.
Please remember to avoid direct sunlight on your face for up to a week after treatment and apply a high SPF sunscreen containing UVA and UVB protection over all treated areas daily.