IPL™ photofacials are an excellent way to recapture healthier and more youthful appearing skin. Although commonly used to eliminate age and sun spots, this procedure accomplishes far more.
What is an IPL Photofacial?
IPL, or Intense-Pulsed Light, is a laser technique that produces incredible results. Along with eliminating unsightly red spots and brown pigmentation, this treatment diminishes the appearance of broken capillaries and spider veins. Can benefit people with rosacea, acne, and will help stimulate collagen growth.
A handheld device delivers a range of light waves targeted at the hemoglobin. Otherwise known as red blood cells within the blood vessels or melanin, which is brown pigmentation seen as age and sunspots. The light passes through the skin which damages the hemoglobin vessel wall or breaks down the melanin pigmentation. As the body absorbs the small vessels or pigmentation, they vanish.
Who Are the Best Candidates for an IPL Photofacial?
Although skin rejuvenation usually involves the full facial area, Dr. Keswani can also perform this procedure to improve photo and age-damaged skin on the neck, chest, arms, and hands.
People with vascular lesions such as telangiectasias, angiomas, and spider veins benefit greatly from this procedure. Other candidates include those with pigmented lesions such as solar letingines, age spots, freckles, and textural irregularities including rough skin and fine lines. IPL photofacials work well fair or untanned skin.
Although IPL photofacials work wonders, you must be willing to maintain a specific post-treatment schedule to achieve the best results.
Individuals with darker skin tones, deep scarring or wrinkles, severe rosacea, acne, or other skin conditions do not make the best candidates. Pregnant women should not have this procedure performed. Also, anyone on Accutane, tanned skin, whether by natural sunlight or a tanning bed, must stop tanning and taking medication for six months before having this procedure done.
What Should a Patient Expect?
Since this rejuvenation process involves the use of a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates several layers of the skin, the patient will be given a pair of protective glasses to wear during the service. As the laser emits flashes of light, most patients experience a sensation similar to the gentle snap of a rubber band. Dr. Keswani will provide a numbing gel on the skin before treatment to ensure comfort.
Following the treatment, the gel will be removed and a moisturizer will be applied. Immediately after your first treatment, you may notice slight swelling, redness, or even darkening brown spots. For swelling or irritation, an ice pack on the area for about 10 minutes will bring relief. Your skin can also feel smoother and have a more even texture.
The number of IPL photofacial treatments required will depend on the specific condition. During a consultation, Dr. Keswani will determine how many treatments will be needed for the best results. Typically, it takes between three to six treatments spaced one month apart.
Based on the treatment area(s), you should expect to see the beginning results anywhere from two days to two weeks, with optimal results around five months.