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IPL Facial Treatment

Hyperpigmentation? Acne scars?

Remove years of sun spots and skin damage with IPL facial treatments in Nashville.

What is an IPL facial treatment?

An IPL skin treatment uses an “intense pulsed light” handheld device to target and treat areas of your skin that have been damaged – from sun, aging, acne, etc. Our Lumecca by InMode IPL device is one of the most advanced options available due to its ability to safely treat deep layers of skin with fewer sessions and more desirable results.

It is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin concerns. During the treatment, a handheld device emits pulses of light that penetrate the skin, targeting pigmentation irregularities, sun damage, age spots, vascular lesions, and fine lines. The light energy is absorbed by the targeted areas, stimulating collagen production and promoting a more even skin tone. IPL facial treatments are typically performed in a series of sessions and can help rejuvenate the skin, resulting in a smoother, more youthful complexion.

What is “intense pulsed light” therapy?

IPL devices offer different levels of light frequency depending on the type and severity of the targeted area. For instance, one area of sunspots will use a different level of intensity than an area being treated for acne scars. 

The light pulses are filtered and controlled in order to target specific pigments and discolorations. For example, if you have more redness in your hyperpigmentation we will use one level of light. On the other hand, if you have more age spots with brown discolorations, we will use a different light frequency.

is IPL as good as laser?

Is IPL as good as laser?

Yes, and no. This is entirely dependent on your skin concerns. If you’re wanting to remove hair then a laser is the way to go. However, when it comes to the sensitive nature of your face and the results desired for the most common skin concerns, an IPL is typically the best bet.

Is an IPL facial the same as a laser treatment?

What makes IPL different from lasers is how the light is focused through the skin. Laser treatments use a concentrated beam of light to penetrate the skin and accomplish the goals of the treatment.

On the other hand, IPL facial treatments use a broad base light spectrum that diffuses into the skin to break up skin irregularities like age spots.

Cosmetic laser treatments are best used when precision is necessary, such as when performing laser hair removal. In contrast, IPL may be used to accomplish some of the goals that laser treatments aim for, but they don’t offer the same results as precision laser treatments would.

What does an IPL laser do?

Well, that’s a trick question when it comes to skin treatments.

Keep in mind, an IPL is not the same as a laser – IPLs use various wavelengths of light to clear up your skin and treat a larger area than a laser would. A laser pinpoints specific areas for more dramatic results, like hair removal. Most patients seek IPL photofacials to clear up sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and facial spider veins.

How do IPL lasers work?

To go more in-depth, the IPL laser intense pulsed light machine is adjustable in order to provide the best results for each patient. This is an advantage over laser skin treatments, and it also can treat wider areas, thanks to its design. One of the main differences between IPL photo facials and laser skin treatments is the number of lights involved.

Where laser treatments only use one focused beam to treat problem areas, IPL face treatments use many light sources to modulate through many wavelengths of light. It is for this reason that IPL laser beams can reach the deeper layers of the skin and target discolored sun spots and age spots on the skin.

During the procedure, the light pulses through the skin to target cells producing too much melanin. For informational purposes, melanin is type of chemical that controls the pigment of your skin. The light pulses turn to heat, which then disrupts the melanin-producing cells and brings them to the surface of your skin.

This process takes a few days, after which time you may notice some texture changes to your skin as the discolored spots begin to flake off. After the spots fall off, your skin will be left with a beautifully even tone.

How long do IPL lasers last?

On average, you can expect IPL results to last around 6-12 months. However, with proper maintenance and followup sessions results can be expected to last much longer.

How many sessions do you need?

The short answer is that it depends because everyone’s skin is different. For example, people with larger discolorations or wrinkles may require multiple treatments. However, most patients notice significant improvements after just one treatment. Many of our patients also choose to have an IPL facial regularly during the year, just for maintenance.

If your skin has multiple types of discoloration, you will need at least two visits. For instance, for patients who have brown liver spots and red marks on their face, we would use the first appointment to target one specific coloration, such as the brown spots. On your follow up appointment, we would then target the red spots.

Even for patients who see immediate results, one treatment will not get rid of all of your trouble spots. In reality, only time will tell how many treatments your skin will need in order to reach your goals.

However, you will need to work with your aesthetician to create a specific treatment plan for your skin. If done too often, the light from the IPL device can burn your skin, just as if it was exposed to the sun for too long. Therefore, you should only see a skilled and experienced aesthetics expert to help you take care of your skin.

What time of year is best for IPL treatment?

Fall through spring months are typically best for IPL facials. Any extended period of time that you know you won’t be exposed to the sun is ideal. However, if you’re willing and able to follow a strict low-to-no exposure to the sun regimen, then you’re one of the lucky ones who can enjoy IPL facials year round.

Is IPL treatment good for your face?

Yes, especially If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun – you may have noticed a few unwanted sunspots on your skin. While catching a few rays can give you a nice tan, your skin may not tan all at once, causing too many freckles to form on the skin – or even worse with sun damage over time. A few freckles can be cute if that’s your goal. However, if you want to beautify your skin from the inside out and have an even skin tone, try IPL treatment for the face.

Not only are IPLs great for aesthetic results, but it can also help kill harmful bacteria. This is especially wanted in cases of inflammation, acne or acne scarring. In fact, the more IPL facials you have the better results you’ll see. It aids in the process of renewing your skin starting with the outer layer and working deeper into the dermis.

IPL treatments remove discolorations and leave your skin with a radiant and youthful glow. Sun spot removal is the main benefit of an IPL photofacial. The treatment is gentle enough to be performed on skin anywhere around your body. Although, the most popular goal for this procedure is removing sun spots on the face.

This includes both red and brown spots on the skin. However, there are even more benefits, which is why this is one of the most performed cosmetic procedures in the United States.

Younger skin can retain even pigmentation and hide signs of damage. However, as your skin begins to age, it loses some of its ability to recover from and hide sun damage. As a result, pigmentation and discoloration appear on the surface of your skin. This damage can happen when you’re exposed to the sun without proper sunscreen protection.

Thankfully, IPL laser makes it so you’re not stuck with these sun spots forever. Additionally, IPL treatments can remove unwanted freckles from your face as well.

What are the benefits of IPL facials?

The reason most patients pursue a photofacial is for skin rejuvenation and skin brightening. In fact, it’s one of our mainstay aesthetic services in Nashville where we practice. Some of the many benefits of IPL include:

  • Lightening up melasma
  • Reduce symptoms of rosacea
  • Giving your skin that natural glow
  • Fast recovery
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Skin tightening
  • Improve skin tone
  • Reduce redness
  • Remove liver spots
  • Stimulates collagen growth
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Some people have found success in reducing broken blood vessels on the face and legs. Sometimes this might work for patients who have spider veins in these areas. However, due to the nature of IPL treatments, they won’t be as effective as sclerotherapy from a specialized vein doctor.

How to improve to color & texture of your skin with an IPL.

Our IPL Lumecca device by InMode offers a fast, reliable treatment for a more firm texture and even skin tone.

Will IPL Help Me Get Rid of Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles?

While it’s true that these treatments can improve fine lines and wrinkles, the skin around your eyelids is softer and more sensitive to light. As a result, we might be able to reduce some puffiness around your eyes with IPL facial treatments. However, for your comfort, we recommend working with Tracey Robinson to find the best products that will eliminate those dark circles.

What Are the Added Benefits of IPL Laser Treatment Photofacials?

There are several other uses for IPL treatments, making it one of the most versatile aesthetic skin care treatments. Because the skin is the body’s largest organ, it can sustain a lot of small noticeable physical damage over time.

Acne and Scar Treatment

Firstly, if you have any acne troubles, IPL facial treatments can treat active acne by stimulating the skin’s regenerative properties and allowing more oxygen into deeper layers. Second, for patients who have had acne problems in the past, IPL is perfect for treating acne scars. This skin rejuvenation treatment can also lessen the appearance of other forms of scars.

Hair removal

There’s laser hair removal, and then there’s IPL hair removal. When compared to each other, laser hair removal is generally more effective because the laser specifically targets and destroys hair follicles at their roots. In contrast, IPL scatters light through the skin in a broad spectrum of light. As a result, it is generally weaker than laser hair removal but provides good results so long as the wavelengths are tuned properly.

Facial Spider Vein Removal

With the scattering of light through the skin, IPL can also treat surface-level spider veins. With the proper light frequency, the heat from the light waves can break down the small diseased blood vessels that cause vascular damage to appear around your face.

Everything You Need to Know About An IPL Facial Treatment

How Does the Intense Pulsed Light Machine Work?

As the light is applied to your face or skin, your doctor will give you a countdown so you can expect each pulse. Most patients experience some discomfort during this procedure, however, it is very tolerable. Usually, patients compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping over the area.

The length of the procedure depends on the size of the treatment area and if you want to treat multiple areas. Usually, a facial treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

If you’d like to hear more about photo facials from people who’ve received them, check out IPL LASER FOR PIGMENTATION by The Beauty Surfer on YouTube.

What to Expect During the Treatment

When you come in for your treatment one of our Nashville aesthetics experts will cleanse and massage your skin in preparation for the IPL. You’ll be given eye protection to shield your eyes from the light and a cooling conductive gel will be applied to the treatment area.

What Can I Expect After My IPL Treatment?

You can expect your skin to feel a little dry and tight. Therefore you need to make sure you moisturize gently and avoid any irritating products that you would use as part of your regular routine.

You will most likely notice that your brown spots will start to look bigger after the treatment. Don’t worry because it’s a natural part of the process!

The sun-damaged spots from your treatment will begin working themselves to the surface of your skin and sluff off naturally.

Does IPL have any side effects?

What are the side-effects of IPL Facial Treatments?

In terms of side effects and recovery time, there’s no downtime at all for an IPL photofacial. However, your skin will probably feel warm to the touch and be more sensitive to sunlight.

Make sure you have adequate sun protection and apply it for a few days after your treatment. You should also make sure your skin is adequately hydrated. If you need help finding the best Nashville skin care products, talk to our resident skincare specialist Tracey Robinson.

In rare cases, the skin may become darker or lighter. Lighter patches of skin may look like scars, but are usually not permanent. Bruising is another potential side effect. Finally, and most rarely, blistering may occur if the skin absorbs too much energy.

If you have any concerns about these side effects, feel free to ask our expert Garza Plastic Surgery skincare staff.

Are Photofacials Safe and Effective?

Yes! When performed properly by a professional provider, IPL facial treatments are safe for most types of skin. As we mentioned, this is a highly effective procedure! Although, the results of just one visit will differ between patients. Melanin levels in the skin occur at different levels in everyone, so what one patient sees after one treatment may require two or three treatments for you.

Who Should Not Get an IPL Facial Treatment (Photofacial)?

Generally speaking, if you are pregnant, have a serious skin condition, or have skin cancer a photofacial might not be right for you. Also, if your skin is highly sensitive to light, then you may not benefit from a photofacial.

However, if you would like to brighten your skin, ask us about Hydrafacial with Perk or the brightening serum, BrightAlive by Z-O. Also, if you use a retinol-based product, then you should wait a few days after your facial before using it again.

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