Everything You Need to Know About An IPL Photofacial
Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is a type of facial skin treatment that uses various wavelengths of light to clear up your skin. Most patients seek IPL photofacials, sometimes spelled “fotofacials,” to clear up sun damage, sun spots, and facial spider veins.
The truth is that IPL photofacials are a highly adjustable and effective treatment for all types of skin. We hope this article will help you understand the benefits of IPL treatments at our office. So, if you live around Nashville, Tennessee, come visit Garza Plastic Surgery in Belle Meade to start your IPL treatments.
What Is intense pulsed light therapy?
As mentioned above, IPL stands for “intense pulsed light” which is applied through a device to your skin. 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 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, and other IPL treatments, use a broad base light spectrum that diffuses into the skin to break up 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 Are The Benefits of IPL Photofacials?
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 Belle Meade where we practice. Some of the many benefits of IPL include:
Lightening up melasma
Reduce symptoms of rosacea
Giving your skin that natural glow
Improve skin tone
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.
Furthermore, some patients have found success using IPL to relieve pain and tension in their shoulders and knees.
As you can see, there are a host of benefits to IPL treatments. If you’d like to set up a consultation for IPL, call us at Garza Plastic Surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Start the New Year with IPL Facial Treatments at Garza Plastic Surgery
Face the new year with a younger and brighter complexion. If you have more questions about IPL treatments and live in Belle Meade or Nashville, TN, give us a call and set up a consultation. We hope to hear from you soon!