IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy) Facial Treatment helps smooth skin texture and tone. With the safe use of just enough heat, deep layers of skin are penetrated to stimulate natural regeneration and collagen production. At Garza Plastic Surgery, our goal is to provide our patients with the treatments and the knowledge they need in order to achieve their skincare goals.
We offer IPL facial treatments to help improve the appearance of freckles, rosacea, sun damage, and age spots. This rejuvenating treatment can help improve the tone and texture of the skin and create a radiant, younger-looking appearance!
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of IPL facial treatments? Contact our office in Nashville today for further information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our expert staff!
What is an IPL Photofacial?
IPL photofacial treatments are a light-based therapy that uses intense pulsed light energy to improve the tone and texture of the skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. Essentially, this skin rejuvenating treatment uses specifically designed light pulses to reduce facial redness, correct sun damage and improve the overall quality of the skin. IPL photofacial treatments can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes and have no downtime associated with them.
What can I expect during a treatment session?
This skin rejuvenating treatment has multiple steps. First, we thoroughly clean the skin and apply a photosensitive medication and allow it to penetrate deep into the skin. Then we use gentle pulses of targeted light therapy to activate the photosensitive medication and destroy damaged skin cells.
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How many treatments will I need?
We typically recommend patients have between three and five IPL treatments spaced three to four weeks apart. Depending on the condition of the skin and the desired results of treatment, some patients may require additional treatment sessions.
Is there any downtime?
While there is no downtime associated with IPL facial treatments, your skin will be extra sensitive to sun exposure. We recommend patients avoid excessive sun exposure following an IPL facial treatment and use additional sun protection when spending time in the sun.
What are the side effects?
You may experience facial redness and tenderness, similar to a mild sunburn, immediately following an IPL facial treatment. Pigmented spots in the treatment area may initially appear darker following a treatment session and will eventually peel or flake off in the days following a treatment session.
Are you interested in finding out how you can benefit from laser therapy, like IPL Photofacial Treatments or another recommended skincare service? Find out which procedure, treatment or skin care product is best for you and your skin.
IPL facial treatment helps smooth skin texture & tone to improve the appearance of freckles, rosacea, sun damage, and age spots! Some patients choose to combine dermaplaning with common aesthetic services to absorb even more of the benefits of their treatments and products.
About skin revitalization
Uneven skin tone is a common aesthetic problem we all notice as we age especially if we have an active lifestyle out in the sun. After years of unprotected sun exposure you will notice brown spots, freckles, sun spots. You may also notice unwanted vessels around your nose or rosacea on your cheeks. These common concerns can now be removed and you can reveal your glowing complexion with skin revitalization.
Skin revitalization is ideal for reducing the appearance of pigment on your face, chest or hands including age spots, sun damage, freckles or birthmarks. It is also the perfect solution for unwanted vessels on your face including spider veins, broken vessels or rosacea (redness/flushing of the cheeks). In just a few quick treatment sessions you will see a reduction in the appearance of brown spots and vessels leaving you with a more even skin tone and beautiful looking skin.
How it works
IconTM utilizes optimized pulsed light technology which, unlike lasers, uses many wavelengths of light with special filters that deliver the best wavelengths to treat specific aesthetic conditions. As the handpiece glides over the area being treated, specialized pulses of light are delivered into your skin and target brown spots, sun- damage and vessels without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Once these targets absorb the energy they are destroyed and will slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process. You will see your brown spots turn darker in color and flake off over the next few weeks. You may also see an immediate improvement in your vessels with a continued clearance over the next few weeks.
What to expect on the day of treatment
Before IPL Treatments:
Before the optimized pulsed light handpiece is used, a gel is applied to your skin where you will receive treatment. You will also be provided eye shields to protect yourself from the light during treatment. The treatment will begin with the provider guiding the IconTM handpiece over the treatment area. You will feel cooling while the handpiece is gliding over the treatment area to provide a comfortable session. You may also feel a slight rubber-band like snapping when the energy is being delivered into your skin which disappears almost immediately however, a warm sensation after the treatment is common. Depending on the size of the area, treatments can take just minutes.
After IPL Facial Treatments:
After the treatment, the gel will be removed and a cooling gel may be applied to your skin. Bandages and ointments are not necessary due to the nature of the treatments being so minimally invasive. For a few days after your treatment, you may feel like you have a mild sunburn but can resume your normal day to day activities immediately following treatment.
For laser skin revitalization patients:
Remove all makeup and lotions prior to the treatment.
At least 4 weeks prior to your appointment, discontinue unprotected sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment.
Post treatment instructions for skin revitalization
Immediately after the treatment, it is common to feel a mild sunburn-like sensation around the treatment site, which typically lasts 2-24 hours. Redness and/or swelling may accompany this and usually resolves in 2-3 days.
Avoid sun exposure on the treated area and use a sunscreen SPF 45 or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
The pigment may initially look raised/darker with a reddened perimeter. The pigment will gradually turn darker over the next few days and begin crusting and eventually flaking off of the skin from day 7-21.
The vessels may undergo immediate graying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about 10-14 days.